For nearly 30 years, Ann LoPrinzi made her name by breaking new ground in the New Jersey area as a tennis reporter and volunteer. For the impact she made through her incredible career, LoPrinzi will be inducted into the Middle States Hall of Fame next month.
How, exactly, do you put a career into words? The Mercer County, N.J. resident keeps it simple.
“I have some great memories and met some fabulous people who are now lifelong friends. It’s been a real joy,” said LoPrinzi, also an avid player. “I’m just proud that I was able to make a contribution.”
LoPrinzi made much more than a simple contribution. For the better part of three decades, she informed the local community about tennis news and happenings through her weekly column and other reporting through the Trenton Times, a regional daily newspaper covering central New Jersey. She often wrote about United States Tennis Association (USTA) Tournaments, USTA League Tennis teams and the many tennis happenings in New Jersey and Middle States as a whole.
LoPrinzi’s first column appeared in November of 1988. Years of memorable tennis stories followed, and a large group of tennis supporters and fans were quick to take notice. LoPrinzi’s column became a must-read in New Jersey, and she started being recognized more and more while attending events.
Some of LoPrinzi’s most memorable moments have come through the US Open, where she connected local and world-wide tennis news. She mentions great memories as a frequent attendee at the Cryan Tournament — one of the largest USTA Tournaments on the east coast.
“I always thought ‘This is so much fun out here, in some ways I wish I wasn’t covering it so I could socialize more,” she said with a smile.
In addition to her impactful work as a reporter and columnist, LoPrinzi has served the USTA in many other roles at the district, section and national level. As a player, her teams advanced to USTA National Championships five times.
She also holds a unique distinction of playing college tennis while in her 40s, when she competed for the Mercer County Community College team.
“It’s a great game,” she said. “I find it amazing how many wonderful experiences one can have as an average player; my goal was always just to promote the opportunities and benefits that tennis offers.”
LoPrinzi will join three outstanding tennis advocates in the 2019 Hall of Fame class. The event takes place Thursday, October 17 at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. The additional class members for the 2019 Middle States Hall of Fame inductees are Shari Bucklin-Webber, Virgil Christian and Dan Faber.
Tickets and additional information can be secured by visiting www.mshalloffame.org.