Tennis: Lorenzini siblings shine at Hinsdale Central and beyondThe four children of Ron and Colleen Lorenzini of Clarendon Hills have traveled all over the country for tennis tournaments. From left: Caroline, Ronnie, Michael and Isabella. | George M. Wilcox~Sun-Times Media.
Updated: October 8, 2012 6:03PM
The four Lorenzini siblings of Clarendon Hills have traveled all over the country in pursuit of tennis excellence.
If you ask any of the children of Ron and Colleen Lorenzini about where is their favorite place was to play a tournament? You will get four different answers.
The three oldest children, Caroline (senior), Ronnie (junior) and Michael (sophomore), attend and play tennis for Hinsdale Central. The family’s youngest, Isabella, is an eighth grader at Clarendon Hills Middle School and just might be the family’s best player with a Five-Star rating and Blue-Chip designation from tennisrecruiting.net. According to the website, Isabella is ranked No. 23 nationally and No. 2 in Illinois for her class year.
She won the Girls 16 Singles division at the U.S. Tennis Association’s Regional tournament Sept. 1-3 at the University of Minnesota.
Caroline, who verbally committed last month to play at Army, and doubles partner Marika Cusick won the West Suburban Silver’s doubles championship Saturday and could make history by becoming the state’s first three-time doubles champions.
There have been six doubles teams in state history to win back-to-back titles; two previously from Hinsdale Central were Anne Hutchens and Vicki Shields (1979-80) and Courtney Dolehide and Nida Hamilton (2006-07).
Michael combined with Chase Hamilton to finish fifth in doubles at last year’s state boys meet.
Colleen handles most of the assignments shuttling the four kids to different tournaments, particularly during the summer. When there is a conflict, Ron steps in to help. He is an Oak Brook-based attorney and was the first to introduce Caroline to tennis. Ron played at Fenwick and grew up in Hinsdale. Once Caroline started playing, the others quickly joined in.
“It’s not easy. It’s a full-time job and a major time commitment,” Colleen said about the travel. “It’s great when there is a tournament where there is all age groups, but that is a rarity. So we usually split up and juggle it that way.”
The sisters and brothers practice at the Hinsdale Racquet Club and use a personal trainer in Bruce Metcalf of MBC Fitness in Westmont.
“We’ve always been tennis crazy,” Caroline said. “That has always been our main sport.”
But all four siblings actually started out as swimmers during their younger days. The boys also played baseball and the girls played soccer.
And just where was their favorite destination to play tennis?
Caroline: “San Diego.”
Ronnie: “San Antonio.”
Michael: “Las Vegas.”
Isabella: “Belle Glade, Fla.”
With four elite players, the family has accumulated plenty of awards.
“We had shelves built along the walls in the basement,” Ronnie said.
In order to compete in national tournaments, the Lorenzini kids have had to miss school while keeping their grades up. To get to some of the tournaments, the kids leave school on Thursday and don’t return until Monday or even Tuesday.
“It’s a year-round commitment at this level,” Michael said.