JAMIE LOEB'S JOURNEY
FROM NCAA CHAMPION TO GLOBALLY RANKED PRO
With a sole focus on tennis growing up, the instruction and guidance of Jamie Loeb's mother throughout her childhood—starting tennis at the young age of 3—helped mold her into the player—and pro she is today. With her passion and love for the game of tennis being instilled at such a young age, Jamie developed the drive she needed to help her compete at the highest levels, all around the world.
When it was time for college, Loeb chose to attend the University of North Carolina. Within a short college career, this New York native played at UNC-Chapel Hill from 2013-2015 and still managed to achieve the massive feat of winning the NCAA Singles Championship. This made her the only Women's Singles National Champion in school history.
That accomplishment would be the springboard for her future.
Q: WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND DURING YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL MATCH?
A: "It was exhilarating. I was excited, overwhelmed and nervous. It was a bit daunting going from playing a sport for fun to making it a career. I knew there was going to be more pressure, but I was ready to take on the challenge."
Q: WHO IS YOUR HERO, AND WHY?
A: "Roger Federer is my hero because I've always respected his demeanor on and off the court.I admire his game style. He's a great ambassador for not only tennis, but all sports."
Although nothing can take away from Jamie's tenacious attitude, her fearless mindset, and her mother's influence, the sport of tennis itself had a lot of impact on her development as an athlete and as a person.
When asked about this influence, Loeb says "Tennis has taught me a lot about hard work, determination, time management and has provided me with amazing experiences and opportunities. Tennis has made me the tough competitor that I am today. I have been fortunate to travel the world and learn about different cultures and meet incredible people, and I’ve made a lot of sacrifices to be where I am now."
And Tennis has also taught her about recovery.
“I’ve had two injuries—both of which took a toll on me mentally. In 2015, I had a lower back injury that kept me out for three months and in 2019, I had a severe ankle sprain that left me sidelined for almost two months. It took a lot of time to gain trust in my body and my game again. I’ve learned a lot from those two injuries. I had pushed my body too far, instead of letting it heal properly.”
And when it comes to healing properly, Loeb now believes that the first step to getting back on track (or on the court) is a quality recovery routine.
- NCAA Singles Champion & ACC POY
- 8x ITF Singles Champion
- Career-High Global Ranking of 132
- 1x US Open Appearance
A QUICK LOOK AT JAMIE'S RECOVERY ROUTINE
Not only is recovery an extremely vital part of her post-practice and match routine, Loeb also incorporates recovery days into her training schedule to fully take the time to rejuvenate her body.
Jamie's 3 step recovery process:
1. Begin by increasing mobility by doing specific stretches
2. Use foam roller to release muscle tension and lactic acid buildup
3. Use the Pulse vibration ball for trigger-point massage therapy
”I use the Pulse for trigger spots all over my body. It’s an effective way to self-treat. I am able to dig deeper into certain muscles, where in the past, I wouldn't be able to get to without assistance from a physio. I find it convenient and useful since it fits easily in my bag, especially when I’m on the road.”
Jamie Loeb hopes to win a grand slam and be top ten in the world—but on the way to her next goal, is focusing on enjoying the process and the sport.
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