“I would like to announce the addition of Chloe Hamlin to our team, she will be joining us this January. We are really fortunate to add someone of her level to the team right before the start of the dual season. I definitely see her impacting our lineup in singles and doubles next spring and has the ability to win against high level players from our nonconference schedule and high level players from our ACC schedule,” said Mark Beckham.
The honors graduate of Florida Virtual School is a five star recruit ranked as high as 50 according to Tennis Recruiting Network and No. 1 in the State of Tennessee in her age group. She was a singles and doubles qualifier in 2012, 2013, 2014 and the 2015 State Qualifier Champion. In 2014, she was named Tennessee’s Most Outstanding Tennis Girl Player of the Year and was the 2014 Bronze ball winner at Wake Forest University National in doubles. A 2014 Bullfrog Doubles Champion in Mobile, Ala., she was also a National level 1a doubles Champion in 2015 and a 2015 Southern Closed Finalist in both singles and doubles.
Ranked as high as 200 ITF Juniors, Hamlin was the 2015 Champion Cayman Island Grade 5 ITF doubles Champion and the 2016 Semi Finalist Grade 3 Argentina in singles. She was the 2017 Champion Copa Cariari Grade 4 ITF doubles Costa Rica Champion and the 2107 Corpus Christie grade 4 ITF doubles Champion.
“She has an explosive game which is what I tend to gravitate towards. I like players who will control play and the winning or losing is up to them basically. In the majority of the matches she plays it will be on her racket, it’s hard to just knock her off the court, she has major weapons. It will be up to myself and (assistant) Coach Kevin Fulton to simplify her game as much as possible so she is not thinking a whole lot and just hitting. If we can get her comfortable relying on basic patterns and letting her strengths break down her opponents, I know her ceiling can be pretty high.”
In 2017, she was the Patuju Open grade 3 singles Champion and in 2018 she qualified 15K Villa Del Dique Argentina.
She comes by her athleticism naturally as her mother played tennis at Carson Newman University and her father played collegiate baseball and basketball and her grandfather played professional baseball for the Washington Senators.
“I knew she was someone that could help and it was going to be tough to get her here because a lot of Power 5 schools were recruiting her but we got fortunate and she chose to play here at Louisville,” said Beckham. “Coach Fulton, myself and her future teammates are all very excited that she will be helping us win matches this coming season.”
Nancy Allison Worley
Associate Director, Sports Information
University of Louisville Athletics