Lizl Kotz grew up in South Africa. Her interest in sports and performance was sparked as a young child by watching her dad train and compete in the famous Comrades Ultramarathon. Lizl played junior tennis in South Africa and continued to play at a national level when she moved to the US at age 15. She lived and trained at Van Der Meer Tennis Academy during her high school years and was recruited to play Division I college tennis for Indiana University. She rose to the number 1 spot in her junior and senior seasons.
After graduating from IU with degrees in Exercise Science and Psychology, Lizl received her master’s degree in physical therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. She pursued a career that would allow her to work with athletes. Lizl recently added Pickleball to her list of passions, now competing at the pro level. She is enjoying learning the ins and outs of a new sport. After four months of competing, her pro singles DUPR ranking is listed as 14th in the US.
Lizl resides in Charleston, SC and stays busy raising four children. She still competes in tennis and Pickleball. Lizl has represented the US on the Women’s 40s Tennis Cup Team in the World Tournament. USTA awarded her the Southern Player of the Year Award in 2020. In 2020 and 2021, she coached the Lucy Beckham High School Girls’ Tennis Team to State Championships and was selected Coach of the Year by the regional coaches. Lizl is grateful for the way sports have enriched her life and wishes the same for all athletes.