Francesca Di Lorenzo, an All-American and NCAA Champion with the Ohio State women’s tennis team, is a recipient of an Oracle US Tennis Award. Oracle Corp. CEO Mark Hurd, along with tennis Hall of Famer Tracy Austin, announced the honor at the Oracle US Tennis Awards in Indian Wells, Calif., last week.
Di Lorenzo and Christopher Eubanks, who played at Georgia Tech, will each receive a $100,000 grant to help develop their tennis careers. The two young professionals were selected by a six-member advisory council comprised of former tennis professionals and executives. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the governing body of college tennis, will administer the grants.
Di Lorenzo turned professional last year after playing two years at Ohio State, where she won the 2017 NCAA women’s doubles title, was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and earned three All-America honors (two singles, one doubles). She was also an Academic All-American and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Di Lorenzo finished the 2017 collegiate season as the No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Rankings. She currently has a UTR of 12.26 and is ranked No. 258 on the WTA tour.
“Playing tennis professionally has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. It’s great that the people at @Oracle understand how hard it can be to move from college to the pro circuit. This is a big help for my career.’’ – Good luck, Francesca and @chris_eubanks96! #BNPPO18 pic.twitter.com/Ja8wqH3tgD
— OracleTennis (@OracleTennis) March 17, 2018
In Oracle’s release on the grants, Lindsay Davenport, on behalf of the advisory council, congratulated Eubanks and Di Lorenzo and applauded Oracle for creating and funding the awards.
The Oracle US Tennis Awards Advisory Council includes:
Lindsay Davenport: Former singles world No. 1; 1996 Olympic gold medalist, current Tennis Channel analyst
Ilana Kloss: Former singles world No. 19; commissioner of Mylan World Team Tennis
Peggy Michel: Three-time grand slam doubles champion; played college tennis at Arizona State current Assistant Tournament Director & Vice President of Sales at the BNP Paribas Open
Dr. Timothy Russell: CEO ITA; college educator for three decades
Martin Blackman: General Manager, USTA Player Development; played college tennis at Stanford
Todd Martin: Former singles world No. 4; CEO International Tennis Hall of Fame and Tournament Director, Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open; played college tennis at Northwestern University