UNC tennis star making name for herself
Posted March 28, 2014
When watching North Carolina freshman Jamie Loeb play tennis it doesn’t take long to see she is intense.
“She doesn’t even like losing simulated games in practice, so she really pushes herself and I think that’s going to take her a long way,” said UNC tennis head coach Brian Kalbas.
“I think it just comes deep within, my passion and my desire to win,” said Loeb.
Loeb is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA and she’s already a National Champion at Carolina winning the indoor title last fall.
She’s part of a growing number of star players playing tennis in college before turning pro.
“For me I wanted an education because I feel that’s very important to me," said Loeb. "And I think I needed to mature a little bit, get physically stronger, mentally stronger."
And talk about getting mentally stronger, Loeb is on a first name basis with one of the most intense players ever in tennis, John McEnroe, after training at McEnroe’s academy in New York.
"He’s a great guy and an amazing player, he still beats up on me," said Loeb. "But he’s taught me a lot. He’s even said things about my game. He’s even someone you can talk to, like I’ve spoken to him about college."
And through McEnroe’s academy Loeb got to meet her tennis idol Martina Hingis. And she clearly made an impression on the five-time Grand Slam champ.
"At the US Open she walked by and she said ‘hey Jamie how’d you do?’ and I’m like ‘oh this is normal’,” Loeb said with a laugh. “To remember me meant a lot cause it shows she actually believes in me and knows that there’s something special about me that separates me from other girls.”
And that’s something Loeb’s opponents are finding out in a hurry.