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Looks like Jen might be picked...

Q. From what I have heard, Monica has been particularly quick to say yes. Talk about that.

BILLIE JEAN KING: Monica tends to just say: I will be there. Occasionally if it comes to an injury see, what happens, a lot of the players sometimes are injured and if they have an injury or something going on that presents a problem Monica has just been exceptional as far as saying if you want me, I will be there. That's the kind of carte blanche you want with the players because then I know what is happening. There is consistency there. Monica seems to be very nationalistic. I think when you become an American citizen you've come from a different country, I don't know, I think there's even sometimes a stronger sense of opportunity and understanding of what they have and I think that sometimes make a difference too. You will find that most of the great players, a lot of them are first generation Americans a lot of times, if you look, you know, Monica, or Capriati actually a first generation American because Stephano is Italian. You have people like Agassi, Sampras, Chang, you look at a lot of these young people and I find that's huge. Or you find People of Color sometimes because there hasn't been a huge amount of People of Color in our sport that they tend to have a sense of understanding that it's interesting.

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She's shown up for Fed Cup a lot in the past-will Charlotte be on clay?
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i think so....

ive just skim read BJKs interview but she just keeps going on and on and on (and on) about the history of the Fed Cup and Barbara Schett ... so I'm not 100% sure.

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Here is an article with BJK (with some of those quotes) talking about Fed Cup. I have a feeling Jen will play, especially it being in the US.

King Hoping for Formidable U.S. Fed Cup Line-Up

by Ossian Shine
Tuesday, March 12, 2002 9:36 a.m. EST

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Fed Cup captain Billie Jean King hopes to assemble a formidable line-up including Jennifer Capriati, the Williams sisters and Monica Seles when America launches its assault on the team trophy next month.

The United States will take on Austria in its first round match at the Olde Providence Racket Club in Charlotte, North Carolina , on April 27 and 28.

If King gets her way, the U.S. squad could boast four of the top 10 players in the world -- including Nos. 1 and 2 in Venus Williams and Capriati.

It will be the first Fed Cup tie for the United States since pulling out of last year's final in Madrid due to security fears following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Nobody was more disappointed than King at the U.S. decision to stay away and she is determined to bring the trophy back to America this year.

"I think we were very upset we didn't go. It was very sad. The U.S. has played in every Fed Cup since 1963," King said in a teleconference.

"We don't like to not... we are not a no show kind of people. We show up. We play. We win.

"At this time we plan to bring back the Cup to the United States of America. And Charlotte is our first stop."

WHATEVER IT TAKES

King's task will be made much easier if all the players she hopes to roll out make themselves available for the team competition.

"I am talking to all the players right now, the players' agents, the parents, whatever it takes to communicate with the players and to find out if they are available," she said.

"I have asked them to tell me in the next week and a half or so, so we should be able to tell you what is happening pretty quickly. In another couple of weeks we should certainly know what is going on.

"But, yes, I have been talking to the players. Nobody has said no yet, so that's good news and, just thinking about it, I think it's a good time of the year for us because the players are still fresh.

"To be honest with you, I have a harder time at the end of the year getting players, so I think that bodes well for us coming to Charlotte."

One player King knows she can rely on is Seles. The Yugoslav-born baseliner is one of the most loyal players in the competition.

"Monica tends to just say: I will be there," King said.

"Monica has just been exceptional as far as saying if you want me, I will be there. That's the kind of carte blanche you want with the players because then I know what is happening. There is consistency there.

"Monica seems to be very nationalistic. I think when you become an American citizen... you've come from a different country, I don't know, I think there's even sometimes a stronger sense of opportunity and understanding of what they have and I think that sometimes make a difference too."
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YEAH!

It's on green clay, like Raleigh in 1999!
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whats green clay anyway...

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clay ... that is green

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I think the team will be:

Jennifer Capriati (singles)
Monica Seles (singles)
Lisa Raymond (doubles)
Alexandra Stevenson (doubles)

This will be on clay, and Jennifer and Monica are the only active American champions at Roland Garros. Green clay, Red Clay...... Clay is Clay.
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Jennifer Capriati, the No. 1 player in the world, and Monica Seles, winner of nine Grand Slam events, will play on the U.S. Fed Cup team that opens play against Austria next month.

Joining them are Lisa Raymond, the world's top-ranked doubles player, and Meghann Shaughnessy, making her Fed Cup debut.

The U.S. team plays Austria in the best-of-5 opening round series on April 27-28 in Charlotte, N.C. Two singles matches will be played on the first day; two singles and a doubles match are set for the second day.

The winner plays the Czech Republic or Croatia in a second round match July 20-21.

``I couldn't be more pleased with our Fed Cup team for the start of the 2002 campaign,'' team captain Billie Jean King said Thursday. ``Not only do we have the top players in singles and doubles in Jennifer and Lisa, but we also have a loyal veteran and formidable Fed Cup player in Monica and a rising star in Meghann.''

Capriati has played on four Fed Cup teams, helping the U.S. win in 2000. The 1992 Olympic gold medal winner, Capriati's resurgence to the top ranking has seen her win three of the last five Grand Slam titles.

Seles has been playing Fed Cup since 1996, and was a member of winning teams in 1996, 1999 and 2000. Ranked No. 6 in the world, Seles' most recent title -- the 52nd of her career -- was last month in Doha, Qatar.

Raymond has been ranked No. 1 in doubles for nearly eight months. This year, she has won four doubles titles and one singles title. Raymond played Fed Cup in 1997, 1998 and 2000.

Shaughnessy is ranked No. 13 in singles, and No. 24 in doubles.

The United States has won a record 17 Fed Cup titles since the event began in 1963. The team withdrew from last year's competition in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.


GoJennifer - incredibly close just Meghann instead of Alex

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Hey, 3 out of 4 ain't bad!

Good luck USA!
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 2002, 08:15 PM
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yay USA, win the Fed....

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