Full name: Alison Van Uytvanck
Birthday: 26th of March, 1994
Birthplace: Vilvoorde (Flemish Brabant, Belgium)
Residence: Grimbergen (Flemish Brabant, Belgium)
Height: 1m80 (5’11”)
Weight: 65 kg (143 lbs)
Age started Tennis: 5 years
Turned Pro: July 2012
Tennis style: variation & combination
Favourite surface: grass
Coaches: Ann Devries, Kuba Nijaki & Alexandre Katsnelson
Fitness coach: Koen Embrechts
WTA singles titles: 2 (2013: Taipei, 2017: Quebec)
WTA doubles titles: 0
ITF singles titles: 11 (2011: Vale Do Lobo ($ 10 000), Dijon ($ 10 000), Edinburgh ($ 10 000), Sunderland ($ 10 000) – 2012: Glasgow ($ 10 000), Equeurdreville ($ 25 000) – 2013: Andrezieux-Boutheon ($ 25 000), Chiasso ($ 25 000), Shrewsbury ($ 25 000) – 2015: Stockton ($ 50 000), Las Vegas ($ 50 000))
ITF doubles titles: 2 (2013: Croissy-Beaubourg ($ 50 000), partnering with Anna-Lena Friedsman – 2015: Stockton ($ 50 000) partnering with Karolina Pliskova)
Best WTA singles ranking: 41 (26th of October 2015)
Best WTA doubles ranking: 106 (26th of October 2015)
Best ITF juniors ranking: 19 (28th of February 2011)
Alison was raised together with her brothers Sean and Brett by her parents in the little Belgian town Grimbergen. She graduated from high school in Sint-Donatum Merchtem where she studied business and transactions. Combining studying and sports was tough, but with the support of her teachers and principal, she was able to successfully finish her school career.
In her spare time, Alison loves to meet friends at home to chat over some drinks. From time to time, she also likes to go to the movies. She is fond of romantic comedies, on condition that the movie contains a good plot. Even when home alone, Alison doesn’t get bored. Her dog Jenna, a cocker spaniel, can keep her occupied for hours. Although Jenna is stubborn, she is always over the moon to be reunited with her owner when she comes home from tournaments.
During the long hours Alison spends in planes, she mainly listens to the songs of her idols: the Irish band The Script.
Alison was just five years of age when she gained her first tennis experience. Her brother Sean, who also played tennis, introduced his passion to his younger sister. In Park Tennis Klub Vilvoorde, Alison was first taught how to play by Daphné Van De Zande. A little later, she switched to her new coach Alexandre ‘Sacha’ Katsnelson (regional training) who refined her game until she got accepted at the Flemish Tennis Association (VTV, now Tennis Flanders). After two disappointing years, she decided to return to Sacha. At the age of 12, she was selected for his Top Tennis Team, something Alison is still grateful for. After Sacha launched her into the top 200 of the WTA-rankings, Alison decided to try Tennis Flanders again where she is coached by Ann Devries (head coach) and Kuba Nijaki (accompanying coach) since 2013. When at home, Alison still trains with Sacha from time to time. She will never forget his words: “Alison may always come back.”
Although Alison is at the early stages of her professional career, she already enjoyed some highlights. She will always remember her first experience on tour, when she got invited to the Brussels Open by tournament director Dominique Monami in 2011. Furthermore she will always cherish her first major successes: winning her first tournament in Taipei (2013), her first Grand Slam main draw win against Monica Niculescu at Wimbledon (2014)… In 2014 she reached the semifinals in Hong Kong (WTA) and the quarter finals in Florianopolis (WTA).
In tennis, Alison has one role model: Roger Federer. She even calls the Suisse her idol. She especially loves the way he plays as if tennis is the easiest sport in the world.