Anne M. Fitzpatrick '91
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Year Inducted: 2000
After attending the University of Colorado as a freshman, Anne transferred to Brown her sophomore year and went on to have one of the best careers to date in Brown women’s tennis. In her three years on College Hill, the Omaha, Nebraska native helped Brown compile a combined team record of 37-21, 15-6 in the Ivies.
As a sophomore, Fitzpatrick played #2 singles, and quickly flourished at the position. Ranked #18 in the preseason Eastern rankings, Anne went out and showed the ranking was no fluke, even if she had yet to play a collegiate match. She finished the season with a 24-9 overall record, giving her a .727 winning percentage. As good as those numbers were, her Ivy play was even more impressive, finishing 6-1 in league action. The Eastern ranking that started at #18 at the beginning of the year had moved up to #14 by season’s end. As a team, the Bears finished the year 8-7, 3-4 in the Ivies.
Coming off an impressive rookie campaign, Anne would not sneak up on anyone her junior season. That didn’t seem to bother her one bit. Again playing #2 singles, she cruised through the Ivy League schedule, finishing a perfect 7-0. Her 28-7 overall record and .800 winning percentage, along with her doubles play (8-3, 3-1, Ivy), gave the Bears the boost they needed to improve their team record. The squad finished the year 13-6, 5-2 in the Ivies. Fitzpatrick’s efforts earned her acclaim from many outside of the Brown program. She was a First Team All-Ivy selection, and finished with an Eastern ranking of #12. Anne also appeared on the national ranking list for the first time in her career, at #35 on March 20. She finished the season ranked #59 in the nation.
With expectations high for her senior season, Anne lived up to the hype. Serving as a co-captain and playing at #1 singles and doubles, she continued her assault on the Ivy League. In singles, she finished the season at 22-11, 5-2 in league play. In doubles, she compiled a 10-10 overall record but thrived in the Ivies, finishing 6-1. Her play was good enough not only to earn her second straight singles First Team All-Ivy selection, but Fitzpatrick was also chosen as a First Team All-Ivy performer for doubles. Her Eastern ranking at the end of the year was all the way up to #5, and she was selected as the East’s Senior Player of the Year. Anne, once again, saw her name on the national rankings list as well. Her season-high national ranking of #58 came on April 9, and she finished her season and career with a #84 national ranking.
The team as a whole also had a tremendous season. Finishing at 16-8 overall, Brown won the first-ever Ivy League team championship with a perfect 7-0 record. Brown dominated the Ivies, and the team’s efforts were enough to earn it a final ranking of #2 in the East.
Fitzpatrick closed her career on College Hill with an overall career singles record of 74-27 (.733), and an 18-3 (.857) singles record in Ivy play. Her doubles totals closed out at 18-13 (.581), 9-2 (.818) in the Ivies. She was recently named one of Brown’s “100 Greatest Athletes of the Past Century.”
Anne graduated from Brown in 1991 with a degree in Psychology. She is currently residing in Riverside, Rhode Island with her husband, Mitchell Krueger. They are expecting their first child in February.