Experience of a lifetime for Jamie Loeb

JMTA's Jamie Loeb

JMTA’s Jamie Loeb

“Being the hometown girl had its advantages for Jamie Loeb, who competed in this year’s US Open Junior Championships as her last junior tennis tournament before heading to the University of North Carolina to be a Tar Heel.

“The support I have here is incredible and the atmosphere is amazing,” Loeb said. “A lot of people came out to my qualifying matches and I really appreciated it. I can’t even describe the feeling when I walked onto the court hearing the crowd chant my name. They pumped me up so much and it was a great experience.”

Loeb got the opportunity to play in the women’s qualifying draw as a wild card. In her first-round qualifying match, she beat Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay in straight sets before falling to Ksenia Pervak of Russia in three sets.

Loeb also competed in the girls’ singles and doubles, falling in her doubles match on Tuesday to close out her tournament. Still, she deemed the experience invaluable, if a little odd to still be playing in the juniors after starting her freshman year. Loeb is in this unique situation because school has already begun for the UNC freshman. She was only in Chapel Hill, N.C., for a few days before having to return to New York to get ready for the tournament.

“I missed about a week of school due to the women’s tournament and will be missing another week because of juniors,” Loeb said.

Lucky for her though, professors have been understanding and supportive of her situation. “I have stayed in contact with them, and when I am not practicing or playing a match, I go home and do my work so I don’t fall behind,” Loeb said.”

Click here to read the full article by Lauren McHale on usopen.org