OSU tennis player, New Albany native receives wildcard to compete at US Open
COLUMBUS, Ohio – All-American Francesca Di Lorenzo, a junior on the Ohio State women’s tennis team, has received a wild card spot into the 2017 US Open Qualifying Tournament and been selected to compete in the American Collegiate Invitational at the 2017 US Open. Both events will be held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Di Lorenzo, from New Albany, Ohio, received one of nine wild-card entries into the US Open qualifying draw, which will be held Aug. 22-25. This is the second year in a row Di Lorenzo has received a wild card into the qualifying tourney. She fell in three sets in the first round of the qualifying draw a season ago. Di Lorenzo reached the semifinals of the US Open Junior Tournament in both singles and doubles in 2015.
The America Collegiate Invitational will be held Sept. 7-9. The women’s field is comprised of the top two players in the WTA rankings (as of Aug. 7) and the top five players in the year-end Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings (excluding those selected by pro ranking), including at least two graduating seniors or players who have turned pro/exhausted their collegiate eligibility.
Di Lorenzo leads the selected players with a current WTA ranking of 357 and she ended the 2017 collegiate campaign ranked No. 1 by the ITA.
The American Collegiate Invitational, open only to American college players, began in 2014 as a way to spotlight college tennis during the US Open. Eight men and eight women play single-elimination singles tournaments during the second week of the US Open, with the winners receiving a wild card into the 2018 US Open, main draw or qualifying, depending on their ranking next summer.
The American Collegiate Invitational women’s champion will receive a 2017 US Open main draw wildcard if she is ranked No. 120 or better by the US Open entry deadline next summer. Otherwise, the winner will receive a qualifying wild card. The champion will also get wild cards into three USTA Pro Circuit events, with the runner-up receiving one.
This summer, Di Lorenzo reached the singles final of $25K tournaments in Sumter, S.C., and Baton Rouge, La., where she also reached the doubles final. At the $60K event in Stockton, Calif., Di Lorenzo advanced to the quarterfinals, where she fell in three sets. She is currently ranked No. 468 in doubles and reached a career high of No. 462 July 8. In singles, her career high is No. 289, reached in March.
Di Lorenzo, the No. 1-ranked singles player by the ITA all spring, won the NCAA Doubles Championship with Miho Kowase in May and claimed two ITA individual championships in the fall. An All-American in singles and doubles, she was the Big Ten Player of the Year for the second consecutive campaign. The Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year, Di Lorenzo went 37-2 in singles in 2016-17, tying her own Ohio State record for single season wins, and had a 27-1 ledger in dual matches. A standout in the classroom as well, Di Lorenzo was a CoSIDA Academic All-American and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, along with earning Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades.
Di Lorenzo and the Buckeyes won both the outright Big Ten regular season title and the Big Ten Tournament championship and reached the NCAA semifinals, the first team in program history to advance to the NCAA final four.