Every year, players get awarded wild cards into the US Open, signifying that they have achieved enough during their career to join the field in the last Grand Slam of the year; Francesca Di Lorenzo is one of those people.
Here is the 22-year-old's story from college to the pros through a social media lens:
As a college freshman as an Ohio State Buckeye, Di Lorenzo began her first season by winning the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, the Buckeye's first national tennis title in the history of the program. Her season concluded with a 37-5 winning record, a program record.
In her sophomore year, the American capped off the year by winning the NCAA Women's Doubles Championship with partner Miho Kowase. It marked the first NCAA tennis title in the history of the Buckeyes. That same year, she was named both singles and doubles All-American.
Leaving Ohio State University in 2018, Di Lorenzo made her professional Grand Slam singles debut at the US Open, and qualified. Making it to the second round, she was eventually defeated by Kiki Bertens.
During that same season, the American won her first doubles ITF $60K title at the clay Saint-Gaudens tournament in France, with partner Naiktha Bains. She has won three ITF singles titles as well.
This season, Di Lorenzo continued to boost her professional career, earning her first victory at a WTA Premier 5 tournament in Toronto. She defeated a world No-21 ranked Petra Martic in the first round round in straight sets, but, coincidentally, was taken out by Bertens in the second round.