Brain-game, set and match: Chapel Hill teen winning on and off the court
Posted July 4
Chapel Hill, N.C. — 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.