Garrison gets one-year extension as Fed Cup captainBy HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer
December 12, 2006
Zina Garrison will stay on as the United States Fed Cup captain under a one-year contract extension, The Associated Press has learned.
The U.S. Tennis Association said Tuesday that incoming president Jane Brown Grimes will announce the 2007 Fed Cup captain on Wednesday.
A person who works at the USTA and has firsthand knowledge of the deal confirmed to the AP that Grimes will announce that Garrison is returning for her fourth season in the post. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because a formal announcement had not yet been made.
The U.S. team will host Belgium on April 21-22 in the first round of the 2007 tournament. The United States has won the Fed Cup 17 times, but not since 2000.
Garrison was hired to replace Billie Jean King as captain in December 2003, after having worked as an assistant to King since 1999.
The U.S. team is 3-3 under Garrison -- only one of those six series was played in this country -- and hasn't made it as far as the finals, losing to Austria in the 2004 quarterfinals, to Russia in the 2005 semifinals, and to Belgium in the 2006 semifinals.
Under both King and Garrison, the United States hasn't always been able to field its strongest possible teams, with such stars as Serena Williams
, Venus Williams
and Lindsay Davenport
occasionally sidelined by injury or declining to participate.
As a player, Garrison was ranked in the top 10 from 1983-90, peaking at No. 4. She retired in 1997 with 37 titles: 14 in singles, 20 in doubles and three in mixed doubles. Garrison reached the Wimbledon singles final in 1990, and she went a combined 22-5 in singles and doubles in Fed Cup action.