Biography

Wim as a tennis player

Wim started playing tennis at the age of 9.
Soon, he entered the top 3 in Belgium, which at the time was led by Xavier Malisse and Olivier Rochus. They teamed up and became European Champions in the minus 16 category.

At age 18, Wim moved to Rödinghausen, Germany to train and play international tournaments. Two years later, he started combining his passion for tennis and teaching young kids with getting a degree in Logistics Management.

The road to an international tennis coach

In 2004, Wim tasted the international tennis scene for the first time. Belgium’s famous former #1 Kim Clijsters asked him to be her hitting partner during a few tournaments. The collaboration went very well, so Clijsters gave him the chance to be her official hitting partner, starting with the WTA Finals in Los Angeles.
In 2007, Wim decided to quit his office job at Keramo Steinzeug, to chase his dream and become an international tennis coach. He empowered himself by following courses at the Flemish Tennis Federation, reading a lot of tennis books and by visiting multiple international tennis conferences.

When Kim Clijsters decided to put her career on hold to become a mom, Wim started to work with fellow Belgians Yanina Wickmayer and Kirsten Flipkens. His vision as a tennis coach grew stronger when he worked with players from different levels and different ages.

The breakthrough

In 2009, his career as a tennis coach blossomed because Kim Clijsters asked him to be her comeback coach. Eventually, this was Kim’s most successful period in her tennis career. Together, Wim and Kim won 3 Grand Slams (2009, 2010, 2011), the WTA Finals (2010) and Kim reached the top of the WTA ranking, becoming the world’s best female tennis player.

At the end of 2011, they decided to go their separate ways.

After Wim worked together with a Russian junior champion, Irina Khromacheva, he got the opportunity in 2013 to work with the very talented Sabine Lisicki. After a couple of tournaments, Lisicki reached her first ever Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, by defeating Serena Williams, Agnieska Radwanska and several more.

When Simona Halep knocked at his door in 2014, Wim didn’t hesitate to take this change. 2014 became a successful year for team Simona: she won Doha and Bucharest, played the finals at Roland Garros, semifinals at Wimbledon. At the WTA Finals, she made it into the finals, where she lost to Serena Williams.

In 2015, Wim Fissette started working with former number 1, Victoria Azarenka. Their first tournament was an instant success: she played the finals in Doha. After struggling with injuries, Azarenka became stronger and they decided to finish the season early and have a long preparation. In 2016 Azarenka started the year on a very high level and won Brisbane. She played the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and last but not least, she won both Indian Wells & Miami, the Sunshine Double.

In July she announced her pregnancy, resulting in the end of team Azarenka.

By the end of 2016, UK’s Johanna Konta’s manager contacted Wim to reinforce their team. They had an excellent start by winning Sydney, playing semifinals in Shenzhen and quarterfinals at the Australian Open.

Wim coached her through the highlight of her tennis career: winning Miami and climbing the ranks from 11 to number 6. In octobre 2017, Konta and Wim announced that they decided to part ways.

Currently

At the end of 2017, Wim started to work with Angelique Kerber, former nr. 1 and 2 time Grand Slam champion.
They started 2018 strong by winning the WTA-title in Sydney and reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open.

Extra

When Wim isn’t glued to a tennis court, he likes to spend time with his 2-year old son Arthur, his wife and family. His hobbies include travelling, football, healthy food and playing golf.

Wim currently also functions as an SAP Ambassador, continually sharpening his data analytics skills and teaching his fellow coaches. He continues to educate himself on the elements that predict long-term success, both on and off court, and strives to share that knowledge for a long time to come.