Tennis

Brain-game, set and match: Chapel Hill teen winning on and off the court

Posted July 4

— Equal parts scholar and athlete -- the advantage always favors Chapel Hill’s Chloe Ouellet-Pizer in the brain game.

“I'm really interested in psychology and the way that the mind works,” Ouellet-Pizer said.

Not always a tennis prodigy, Ouellet-Pizer adapted into a court chameleon -- a cerebral assassin on clay, so-to-speak.

“She played very unorthodox but she found ways to win.” said Chapel Hill Tennis Club Director Michal Zaluski. “(She) tortured the girls into submission basically.”

“It was kind of a slow transition, but I think when I started playing tournaments, there was never a tournament that I didn't want to play,” Ouellet-Pizer said.

Last year, in Memphis, then-15-year-old Ouellet-Pizer aced the national clay court championships She bested girls three years her senior.

Dubbed a 5-star, blue-chip prospect, Ouellet-Pizer has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation in the class of 2015 Ouellet-Pizer, according to many publications.

“When I first got ranked, I was like 900 in Michigan when I used to live there,” Ouellet-Pizer said. “The feeling when I was like 70 in the country, I thought that was just as incredible as No. 1 in the country. Your perspective just changes.”

“She keeps getting better,” Zaluski said. “Some kids reach a point and they stop. She seems to keep going forward. There are so many areas that she hasn't developed yet, that she's developing, that's going to make her a much better player.

Ouellet-Pizer will continue to make those strides in the Triangle. The homeschooled senior-to-be recently committed to serve for UNC.

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  • BarryHatesAmerica Jul 5, 9:15 p.m.

    JUNKEMAIL....This young lady is making something of herself. She is working much harder than do you, I am sure. So why don't you just try to focus on the story as it was intended? Miss Ouellet-Pizer, is an awesome role model for her peers.

  • gtcolvin Jul 5, 12:31 p.m.

    Junkemail:

    AFAM, the body of scholarship, is not the problem at UNC.

    Academic fraud is the problem.

    Please don't confuse the two.

  • junkemail Jul 5, 10:39 a.m.

    She going to major in AFAM?

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