NorCal Staff | December 29, 2016
When Erin and Will Chamberlin kissed after a loss during one of their first matches together, their opponents couldn’t believe they were married, because of how nice they were to each other. The Chamberlins have been married for 13 years and are an excellent example of a couple working well together on and off the tennis court. What’s their secret? They support each other and stay positive, especially during off days.
Both Erin and Will find it amusing that people are surprised when they find out that they are married and play doubles together. Playing tennis has become natural to them and this is an activity they enjoy doing together. After three years of playing together, they have found their winning formula on the court. As an example of their success, they have won 25 straight USTA matches since April 2015! “I think our teamwork at home translates well on the tennis court,” Will explains.ADVERTISEMENT
Proud parents of 8-year-old twins, Sarah and Matthew, the level of organization and trust needed to take care of their children is something they use on the court to their advantage. “We trust each other and it’s the same on the court… we know we give our best so we don’t get mad after a point,” Will reinforces.
It also helps that both Chamberlins have similar mentalities: both are as fired up and driven on the court. Their natural competitiveness is another trait that helps them succeed on court. Their USTA League Mixed 18 & Over 7.0 team placed sixth at the 2016 USTA League National Championships, and they won all of their matches during the competition. “We have a great feel for each other’s strengths and weaknesses so we talk a lot about how not to expose each other,” Erin described. “And if one of us has an off day, we are supportive because it’s not helpful to get mad at each other.”
Another component to their success is that their games are complimentary. According to Erin, even if they weren’t married, their playing styles would match up well. “Erin is good at the baseline and I am better at the net, so we set up points around that,” Will emphasizes.
Even though tennis is an important part of their lives, their family is what matters most. That’s probably the biggest component of their success. They are able to use their bond and trust at home to benefit them on the court. Good luck to the Chamberlins on extending your winning streak during the 2017 season!