Known as the Female Federer, Belgian tennis legend Justine Henin is a former world number 1 in singles. Apart from winning an Olympic gold medal, she also won Belgium its first Fed Cup title and won 7 Grand Slam titles. She was one of those rare female players who used a single-handed backhand.
Belgian tennis legend Kim Clijsters is a former world number 1 in both singles and doubles. The 4-time Grand Slam winner retired thrice in her career, in 2007, in 2012, and eventually, for good, in 2020. She has also been associated with charitable initiatives and has founded Ten4Kim to help financially weak junior players.
Belgian tennis player Elise Mertens has been a world number 1 in doubles and number 12 in singles. A 3-time Grand Slam winner in doubles, she was also the 3rd Belgian female player to reach the last 4 of the Australian Open. She is an animal lover and is fond of learning languages, too.
Belgian tennis coach Wim Fissette didn’t have a significant playing career but later coached tennis legends such as former world number 1 players Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka. He helped Clijsters win 2 US Opens, among other titles. He also coached Naomi Osaka to win a US Open and an Australian Open.
Belgian tennis player Kirsten Flipkens has had a career-high ranking of 13 in singles. An Olympian, she also became the most experienced Belgian player at the Fed Cup. While she began playing tennis at age 4, she later dropped out of school to continue her tennis career. She is also known for her trademark spectacles.
Retired Belgian tennis player Steve Darcis has had a career-high ranking of 38 in singles. A 2-time Olympian, he also earned 2 ATP titles. The son of a sports instructor mother and a tennis coach father, he was no stranger to sports as a child. He retired due to a persistent elbow pain.
Retired Belgian tennis player Olivier Rochus has been a world number 24 in singles and 29 in doubles. A 3-time Olympian, he also won the 2004 French Open doubles title with fellow Belgian player Xavier Malisse. He is the younger brother of former Belgian tennis player Christophe Rochus.