Jiske Griffoen is ranked in the international top 5 in the Singles Charts. Read about how she got there, big changes in her life and the life she lives right now.
Jiske was born in Woerden (The Netherlands), 17th of april 1985. She moved to Amsterdam in 2010, when she started to work together with Dennis van Scheppingen at tennis academy Amstelpark in Amsterdam.
She is born with Spina Bifida and uses her wheelchair in everyday life. From a young age she tried many sports (swimming, horse riding, basketball, skiing) and started wheelchair tennis when she was 10 years old. Jiske combined wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis for a long time. In 2000 she was part of the Dutch ladies wheelchair basketball team, which reached the 4th place at the Paralympics in Sydney. After this great experience, she had to choose to focus on one sport. Jiske chose wheelchair tennis. She liked the challenge of an individual sport and the competition in Holland was tough.
That has been a successful choice. Jiske reached the top 8 for the first time in 2004. In 2015 she reached a career singles high ranking, taking the 1st placeafter winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros in the same year. Other highlights in her career are winning the Singles Masters in 2012, winning all four Grand Slams in doubles, a bronze medal in singles at the Paralympics 2012 and two silver medals in doubles at the Paralympics 2008 & 2012.
Besides her tennis career she got her bachelor in sportsmarketing at theJohan Cruyff University in 2015. Jiske is ambassador for 'Fonds Gehandicaptensport' (foundation for disabled sports), 'FOSDIS' (a foundation who's teaching young disabled persons in Indonesia, how to live independently and give them a perspective for a career) and The 4 the better foundation. Jiske loves traveling, music, reading, food, fashion and other sports.