I am here in Charlotte watching all the Fed Cup action. It was interesting to see everybody argue on the board about what was going on with JC and BJK when nobody has it right.
Here is what happened:
From Wayne McKewen (AUS) Fed Cup Referee for this Tie
Each tennis federation creates its own rules and regulations regarding practice sessions and acting as a team.
Now this is from BJK:
The USTA decided this year to make all outside practices forbidden because in the past it has caused problems amongst the team. This was done by several players, not by just one.
On Monday, when the team arrived in Charlotte, they had a team meeting and the rules and regulations were discussed. This specific rule was especially stated with an essence
because it was a new rule.
According to BJK, Jennifer had been warned a mutliple of times this week because she has had many many practice sessions this week without the team. According to BJK, she had to do what was best for the team, because Monica, Meghann, and Lisa were not allowed this privilege (if you call it that) but Jennifer had done it many times (once again, this is according to BJK with Monica right by her side at the press conference).
When asked if she (BJK) felt as if this was more of a Jennifer influence or a Stefano influence she said a little bit of both. Rumors had been flying all week how he was upset he could not be on the court during the team practice and stuff and that he was causing scenes, but this is not all validated. Take that for what it's worth.
Anyways, BJK was very upset with having to make that decision, but rules are rules, and like Monica said, rules are made for a reason and you shouldn't break them.