Harvard's Bright Star Goes Big Time

One of the Most Dominating Athletes to Attend Harvard, Erika deLone Looks to a Pro Career

Let the record show that one Erika Robin deLone was enrolled at Harvard University as a first-year student for the 1991-92 academic year.

The aforementioned deLone ate at the Union, lived in Weld South and took Ec-10 unit tests.

And let us not forget that she was a member of the Harvard women's tennis team.

In early May, deLone announced her intention to leave Harvard and follow a professional tennis career.

While some criticized the wisdom of her choice, no one doubts that Erika deLone's talent could propel her to a successful professional tennis career.


Indeed, if deLone ever becomes known around the country (an possibly the world) for her punishing baseline tennis game, her year at Harvard might well be the subject of sports trivia questions or Bud Collins' anecdotes.

On the other hand, deLone's pro career, which began just after she lost in the qurterfinals of the NCAA individual championships last week, may never take off. She may just become one of the hundreds who never make it.

Either way, Harvard will always remember her as one of the most dominant athletes to represent this institution in a long time.

For her exceptional play, her teammates named her Most Valuable Player.

The Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association (ITCA) recognized deLone as the Northeast Player of the Year.

Let's just tack on Harvard Crimson Rookie of the Year for good measure.

Undefeated Romp

DeLone, who played at number one all year, compiled an incredible 32-4 singles record during the regular season (The 32 wins was a first for Harvard women's tennis). And her undefeated romp through the Ivies was instrumental in returning the Ancient Eight crown to Cambridge this year.

But everyone involved with Harvard tennis will tell you that this frosh phenom contributed much more than wins to the Crimson.

DeLone--who has practiced and competed alone for most of her tennis career--is the consummate team player. During her much-hyped year at Harvard, she never became the prima donna someone of her talent easily could have been.