JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR
It's pronounced mer-lee-sa. Once you get it, you'll never forget it.
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Merlisa Lawrence Corbett is a journalist and author who writes about tennis, sports in society, small business, home and garden and general interests.
She is the author of the biography, Serena Williams: Tennis Champion, Sports Legend, and Cultural Icon. A former tennis columnist for Bleacher Report and reporter for Sports Illustrated, Merlisa also covered sports for the Pittsburgh Press, Staten Island Advance, Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times.
She lovers her name. Her dad wanted to name her Meryl and her mother wanted to call her Lisa. They combined the names to come up with Merlisa. People often mispronounce her name.
"Melissa," they say.
"It's mer-lee-sa," she responds.
"I'm sorry," they say.
"That's OK. Once you get it, you'll never forget it."