Michelle started playing tennis at age 4, competed for the first time at age 8, played two COSAT (South America Tennis Confederation) tours at ages 12 and 13 and earned a place on the European Tour at age 13 based on her ranking.
Michelle played her first WTA tournament at age 14 and continued playing ITF throughout her teenage years. Michelle was awarded a scholarship to play Division 1 college tennis for James Madison University at age 17, starting in January 2019 and graduating in May 2022.
While playing for JMU, Michelle was a designated athlete coach for her teammates and also volunteered to coach junior tennis.
At JMU, Michelle majored in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Michelle is currently a graduate student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the W&M School of Education.