Francesca Di Lorenzo

Player profile

  • Hometown New Albany, Ohio
  • Last School New Albany
  • Year Junior

Ohio State Career: NCAA Doubles Champion and three-time ITA national champion … 2017 Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year … two-time singles All-American and a doubles All-American … won Rivieria All-American Championships and defended USTA/ITA National Indoors title in Fall 2016 … captured National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships title in Fall 2015, the first national title for a Buckeye … has been ranked No. 1 during each of first two seasons as a Buckeye … two-time B1G Player of the Year, 2016 B1G Freshman of the Year and ITA Midwest Region Rookie of the Year … ranked top newcomer in ITA rankings entering freshman year … CoSIDA Academic All-American, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, ITA All-Academic Team, Academic All-Big Ten and a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … 74-7 overall through first two seasons, ranking first in program history in singles winning percentage (.914) … also leads program in career doubles winning percentage (55-7, .887) … ranked 15th in career wins … program record 37 wins each of first two years … reached career-high world ranking of 289 in singles March 7, 2017 and 345 in doubles in October 2017.

2016-17 (Sophomore Season): NCAA Doubles Champion with Miho Kowase, the first NCAA title in program history … ranked No. 1 all spring after winning two ITA titles in the fall … earned All-America honors in singles and doubles … Ohio State’s Female Athlete of the Year … B1G Player of the Year and First Team All-B1G … was 37-2 in singles overall (tying own mark for singles wins in a year) and 27-1 in dual matches … ended the year ranked first in singles and third in doubles; one of three players to end the year in the Top 10 in both singles and doubles … CoSIDA Academic All-American (third team), the first in program history … Honda Sport Award finalist and named to Collegiate All-Star Team … four-time Big Ten Player of the Week … 10-0 at No. 1 singles in Big Ten matches … 25-match unbeaten streak Feb. 17-May 22 … 23-3 doubles record … three doubles wins in NCAA team matches and had four singles wins in NCAA team play … Di Lorenzo and Kowase won five matches, with three in a match tiebreaker, en route to NCAA title … claimed two ITA national titles in the fall, losing just two sets in 10 match victories combined … won Riviera ITA All-American Championship … dropped just one set in five matches in run to title … was tournament’s No. 3 seed … downed UCLA’s Ena Shibahara, 6-4, 6-3, in championship … successfully defended USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship title … entered tournament as No. 1 seed … defeated Hayley Carter in final, 6-1, 6-1 … posted four straight set victories and prevailed in three sets in the quarterfinals (6-2, 5-7, 6-1); in the four sweeps combined, dropped just 11 total games … Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, ITA All-Academic Team, Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten.

Summer 2016: Received a wild card spot into US Open qualifying draw; fell in three sets in first round … invited to compete in American Collegiate Invitational … claimed both singles and doubles titles at the $25K Winnipeg National Bank Challenger … recorded a win over 158-ranked Grace Min in three sets at Lexington Challenger … ranked a personal-best No. 347 in singles August 1.

2015-16 (Freshman Season): Set program record with 37 singles wins, dropping just five matches … all four losses in the spring were in three sets, with three of the four to Top 15 players … 26-3 in dual matches, with 11-0 mark in Big Ten play on court one … Big Ten Player of the Year, unanimous Big Ten Freshman of the Year and First Team All-B1G … ITA Midwest Region Rookie of the Year … Honda Sport Award finalist and named to Collegiate All-Star Team … No. 3 seed in NCAA Tournament, the first Buckeye to be seeded in the tournament, and reached Round of 16 … won 16 consecutive matches before NCAA singles championship loss … 9-1 in the fall and captured the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships title, the first national title in Buckeye women’s tennis history … posted five wins in the NIIC, including victories over the No. 3, No. 6 and No. 8 seeds, and dropped just one set in all five matches combined … topped Clemson’s Joana Eidukonyte, the preseason No. 11 player, 6-3, 6-1, in NIIC final … first collegiate matches were at ITA All-American Championships; won three matches in qualifying and reached main draw Round of 16 … reached 2015 US Open Juniors semifinals in both singles and doubles in early September … first collegiate win was over No. 75-ranked Lucia Butkovska of Portland in straight sets, 6-0, 7-5, at All-Americans … an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Prior to Ohio State: Won ITF Women’s Pro Tennis Open of Austin in Texas in Summer 2015 … ranked No. 1 among recruits in the Class of 2015 by … 26th in ITF juniors rankings in August 2015 … competed in Wimbledon and French Open junior championships in main draw in both singles and doubles in 2015 … claimed doubles titles at junior tournaments in Belgium and Brazil in 2015 … won Ohio state doubles championship for New Albany High School in 2012 paired with sister Cristina and was named to the All-Ohio Division I doubles first team by the Ohio Tennis Coaches’ Association in the same year … represented the United States playing at No. 1 singles in the Maureen Connolly Cup vs. Great Britain in New Haven, Conn. … advanced to the round of 32 in the main singles draw of the US Open Junior Tennis Championship in August 2014 … won the Plantation ITF singles draw, the USTA National Selection Tournament singles draw and was crowned the singles and doubles champion of the USTA Midwest Outdoor Closed Championships in Indianapolis in Summer 2014.

Personal: Daughter of Daniela and Carlo … has three siblings, Mario, Cristina and Valentina … Cristina played tennis at Xavier, graduating in 2017, and Mario earned his degree from Ohio State … enjoys watching movies and playing soccer and basketball.

Bio updated July 27, 2017