They are the words of Patrick McEnroe, echoed by many in the sport, and a prevailing thought here at JMTA. According to Kamakshi Tanton’s Tennis.com piece, Patrick said to the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“Unless it’s a given that you will be a Top 20 player, and you never know that, I think college is a great place to go and mature physically, emotionally,” he said. “There’s great coaching, great facilities. I think the competition is coming back to where it’s getting better and better.”
JMTA students have two perfect examples in Jamie Loeb, whose training her helped her blossom into the top-ranked collegian as a freshman at the University of North Carolina, and Wimbledon Juniors champion Noah Rubin, who selected another ACC school in the same state, Wake Forest, and will matriculate there this fall.
The JMTA gets a nice shout-out in this week’s USTA College Spotlight feature on our own Jamie Loeb, tearing it up as the No. 1 college player in the country at the University of North Carolina. Loeb concluded the regular season with a stellar 45-2 singles record.
JMTA prides itself on helping prepare students for college tennis, and who better than Jamie to talk about that experience?
She tells USTA’s Sally Milano:
The biggest difference is that in college, you are no longer playing for yourself. Playing for a team is a great experience because you have teammates right beside you cheering you on. In juniors, you are by yourself on the court. The team atmosphere is so much fun and fires me up even more.
The ACC Championships begin Thursday in Cary, N.C. Fans can follow Jamie’s progress and that of her top-seeded Tar Heels teammates at Tournament Central here.
“Jamie Loeb‘s consistent placing in the top five of the recruiting rankings is not something anyone has ever questioned.” As noted in Marcia Frost’s recent article from TennisRecruiting.net, Jamie has trained in and around her home state of New York for her entire junior tennis career. Most recently, Loeb has been training with Coach Felix Alvarado of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in Manhattan. Under the guidance of Coach Alvarado, “Loeb’s success was even brighter in 2012. After sweeping the USTA National Winter Championships (this time in 18s), she won the Delray Beach ITF, the USTA International Grasscourts (where she took singles and doubles), and was a finalist at the USTA National Girls’ 18 Clay Courts. She’s been looked at as a blue chip recruit even before she was officially given that label and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels will happily welcome her onto their team next fall.”
Click Here to read Marcia Frost’s full article on Jamie’s college commitment.