Lisa Albano-Fu to Be Inducted Into USTA New England Hall of Fame
April 24, 2017
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MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENT ALBANO-FU SELECTED FOR USTA NEW ENGLAND TENNIS HALL OF FAME
WESTBOROUGH, MA - The United States Tennis Association (USTA) of New England has announced that Lisa Albano-Fu, a former No. 1 New England junior and college standout, has been selected for induction into the Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
The ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 10 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI.
“Getting into the New England Hall of Fame is an amazing honor that I did not expect,” Albano-Fu said. “I am lucky to have been part of New England tennis as a player, coach and parent, and it has been a great part of my life.”
Albano-Fu has been involved in tennis for 35 years, beginning in Peabody, MA as a junior player. ADVERTISEMENT She reached the pinnacle of New England junior tennis in 1988 as she became the No. 1 ranked player in the 18s division and reached the top 10 nationally.
She carried her success into the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a four-time All-American and reached the national singles final in 1991. She was named Cal Tennis’ Women’s Player of the Decade.
She followed her successful collegiate career with a year-and-a-half stint on the professional tour, achieving a high ranking of 366 in the world. She also reached No. 1 in USTA Northern California’s adult rankings before moving back home in 1997 and was No. 1 again in 1998 in New England.
Currently retired from on-court competition, Albano-Fu now resides in Andover, MA and focuses on her two sons’ junior careers and her job coaching at Cedardale Health and Fitness in Haverhill, MA. Her sons, Ryan and Connor, are both seeing tremendous success in the junior ranks, with Ryan ranked No. 5 in New England in the 18s and Connor ranked No. 1 in the 16s.
“My favorite tennis memory was them winning their first doubles title together in the New England Sectionals 12s division. They just love playing together,” Albano-Fu said.
Albano-Fu will be presented on June 10 by longtime friend and Cedardale Director of Tennis, Adam Molda.
USTA New England Hall of Fame
The USTA New England Hall of Fame exists to recognize those tennis players and non-players in New England whose achievements as sportsmen or sportswomen are worthy of the highest commendation and recognition, or whose contributions as officials or individuals in a tennis-related activity have been so outstanding over a significant period of time as to justify the highest commendation and recognition.
About USTA New England
USTA New England, one of 17 regional sections across the country that comprise the United States Tennis Association (USTA), is a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting and developing the growth of tennis and increasing participation in the sport in New England by offering quality recreational and competitive programs for people of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit www.ustanewengland.com.