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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Apr 27th, 2002, 05:39 AM Thread Starter
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Billie Jean axes Jennifer from US Team!!!



Here's the article:

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news/ap/...ap-fedcup.html

On the surface I can't understand the rule why Jennifer wasn't allowed to schedule a separate practice in addition to the team practice she participated in. I'd like to hear more from Billie Jean on the matter - is there something I'm missing here???

VERY strange and disappointing.
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Jenn didn't even go through with the practice anyway.

BJK is just a bitch. She's arrogant and likes to pretend like she still has some influence in the world. Grow up, BJK.


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I'm not a Capriati fan but I think King made an error in judgment.
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old Apr 27th, 2002, 07:05 AM
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Terrible leadership skills by BJK.

I will refrain from calling BJK names, until I hear both sides of the story.

I'm not a Jennifer fanatic, but give me a break.
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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old Apr 27th, 2002, 07:07 AM
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BTW, there's WAY TOO MUCH DRAMA in the General Messages thread. So I chose to post here, with the more rational posters.
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Unbelievable

Perhaps there's more to the story? This is absolutely shocking.
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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old Apr 27th, 2002, 07:47 AM
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Very sad all around.........I wish they could have worked it out. No doubt Jen won't let this bother her. She doesn't read press anyway.
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Yeah, I think there's something behind the story...According to Jen, she "strongly protested". Maybe BJK didn't want to put up with it.

I've never been a Jen fan, but poor her!! I think BJK's rule is stupid, but I respect it. But I don't understand why Jen was kicked off because she still fulfilled all her commitments by practising with the team etc. If Jen wanted extra practise, and BJK disagreed, I don't think she should've kicked Jen off the team. That's way too harsh a punishment...
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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old Apr 27th, 2002, 08:18 AM
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I can't believe she was kicked off for something so petty...there has to be some underlying reason for this.

Like Jen said:
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"It is amazing to me that I am being penalized so severely for simply wanting to prepare as best I can for the Federation Cup and my other commitments," she said.
It's hardly going to be bad for the team if she gets in a bit of practice, is it?

I agree Sal U. Lite, Gen Messages is a bit dramatic at the moment.

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What an odd decision!

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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old Apr 27th, 2002, 09:54 AM
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It's a very unfortunate - almost unbelievable - situation, and I don't think either party comes out with too much credit.

I do feel sorry for Jen, but she was deliberately planning to go against the express wishes of her Team Captain, and no matter what she thought of the 'rule' in the first place, the fact that she obviously felt her needs were greater than that of her team mates (Monica, Meghann and Lisa) disappoints me. BJK disappoints me for i) having the rule in the first place, and ii) feeling that she had no other option but to kick Jen off the team. Ultimately though she's the boss and I would come down on her side over Jen's in this (though we still don't know anything like the whole story).

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I never liked Billie Jean King...now I can see why..jeez she really thinks she's THE ONE. Capriati is the number two in the world and then on this surface...I can't believe it..how stupid can u be?
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post #13 of 24 (permalink) Old Apr 27th, 2002, 10:02 AM
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What are you guys talking about?
If Jen doesn't want to be in the team and train with the team, why does she play the Fed Cup? This is a team tournament, not an individual preparation for the French Open.
I believe American Captain was very right to exclude her - and BTW, Monica and Meghan are good enough to kill their opponents...
I just hope that Jen will eventually understand how unprofessionnal her attitude has been, and that she will play the Fed Cup again.

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I can't believe it
this stupid rule sucks!!!!!

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I can't believe she was kicked off for something so petty...there has to be some underlying reason for this.

Like Jen said:


It's hardly going to be bad for the team if she gets in a bit of practice, is it?

I agree Sal U. Lite, Gen Messages is a bit dramatic at the moment.
Yeah--there's a reason! Billy Jean King is an ASS! She is a typical American--arrogant, egotistical and believes her own bullshit!
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