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She is the new Fed Cup captain for USA
She is the new Fed Cup captain for USA
Rinaldi appointed USA Fed Cup captain
Kathy Rinaldi, a former Top 10 singles player and Wimbledon semifinalist, has been named as USA Fed Cup captain taking over from Mary Joe Fernandez
The USTA had to look no further than their current coaching ranks to select former top 10 star Kathy Rinaldi as the next USA Fed Cup by BNP Paribas captain.
Rinaldi, who reached a career high ranking of No. 7 in singles and No. 13 in doubles in her playing days, and was a 1984 Wimbledon singles semifinalist and reached the doubles semifinals at all four Grand Slams, takes over the captaincy from Mary Joe Fernandez.
Fernandez, who reached two Fed Cup finals in her tenure as captain, retired from the position in October after eight years on the job.
The USTA redefined the criteria for their Fed Cup captain search in that the person they were seeking would be required to be involved with player development on a continual basis throughout the year.
A selection committee of four - USTA chief executive of tennis Stacey Allaster, USTA general manager of player development Martin Blackman, former player Chanda Rubin and current player Venus Williams - determined Rinaldi was the perfect candidate for the new Fed Cup captain. Rinaldi’s role for the past year has been Lead National Coach, Team USA - Pro Women for USTA Player Development, and she has had in-depth experience working with American juniors, including guiding two USA Junior Fed Cup teams to victory in 2012 and 2014.
If there was any question that the USTA is more than hopeful that Rinaldi can deliver the first Fed Cup trophy to the USA since 2000, USTA president Katrina Adams squelched those doubts in her announcement of Rinaldi’s appointment on Thursday afternoon.
"We are extremely happy to have someone like Kathy with her great coaching skills, her leadership capabilities and mentorship capacity that she can bring to our players of today and of tomorrow, and even more, so we’re happy to have her as our captain that will bring the Fed Cup back to the US soil."
Rinaldi, who will pilot her first Fed Cup tie at home, against Germany, in Maui, Hawaii this coming February, appears prepared to handle the pressure of the job. While Rinaldi didn’t feature as a Fed Cup player, she was the Fed Cup coach under former captain Zina Garrison in 2006 and 2008.
"I am a little nervous," said Rinaldi, during a phone conference call on Thursday. "But as I tell the players, that’s a good thing because that means you have a great opportunity ahead of you. Everything meaningful and great has challenges. I’m up for it."
When Rinaldi is asked what’s the most essential skill-set she possesses to enable her to be a successful captain, the native Floridan doesn’t hesitate with a response.
"I really don’t like to toot my own horn, but I’m so passionate about what I’m doing," she said. "I really care about the sport. I really truly care about the players. I know how tough it is. I have so much respect for all the players. I think the bond that I have formed with players, hoping they know I’m truly in their corner."
Presuming all the American players make themselves available for Rinaldi’s debut as captain, she could field the team by going with experience in the names of Serena and Venus Williams, add in Top 10 newcomer Madison Keys, and contemplate other options such as Sloane Stephens, CoCo Vandeweghe and Alison Riske for singles, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands for doubles.
"The philosophy is to put the best team together, the best team possible, and to win the Fed Cup, to bring it back to the US," Rinaldi said. "The philosophy is just to look at everybody, to be in everybody’s corner."
A realist, Rinaldi is under no illusions her first foray as captain will be a tough ask against Germany, despite its locale being a glorious lush, aloha-friendly home tie.
Germany boasts the current No. 1 player in the world in Angelique Kerber, the reigning Australian and US Open champion, with a wealth of talented backup players in Andrea Petkovic, Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki.
"She’s had an incredible year," Rinaldi said of Kerber. "What can you say about Kerber? She’s tough. She’s the No.1 ranked player. I’m starting off with a lot of pressure here, but I’m up for it, the challenge.
"They have quite a few players in the Top 100, girls having a good year. They’re a solid team obviously. We’ll need to put together a good, solid team, and come together as one."
Rinaldi to lead U.S. Fed Cup team in expanded captaincy role
For the first time in eight years, the U.S. Fed Cup team will have a new captain as it pursues a record-extending 18th Fed Cup championship.
Former Top 10 player Kathy Rinaldi has been named the new captain for Team USA. She takes over from Mary Joe Fernandez, who stepped down in October.
Rinaldi (pictured above left with members of the 2015 U.S. World Junior Finals team) currently serves as a lead national coach within USTA’s player development unit, helping talented American pros achieve a Top 100 ranking. With the Fed Cup captaincy role being expanded to include working year-round with America’s top players and supporting the growth of tennis at the grass-roots level, she will play a pivotal role in the future of the country’s up-and-coming players.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity, and I am incredibly excited and honored to take on the position of U.S. Fed Cup captain,” Rinaldi said Thursday. “I believe that my experiences as both a player and a coach have given me insight that will help me to succeed in this role and can assist in getting the U.S Fed Cup team to the next level. I look forward to working closely with the players throughout the year as we move forward in our goal of bringing the Fed Cup back to the United States.”
With the expanded role of the U.S. Fed Cup captain, Rinaldi will serve as a consistent mentor and presence for the American players, supporting them from the preseason to offseason rather than only during the days surrounding a Fed Cup tie.
“Kathy already commands the respect and confidence of the U.S. players,” said USTA President Katrina Adams. “This, coupled with her leadership experience and winning mentality, makes her the ideal individual to ensure that the team is best composed, and best prepared, to compete with whatever opponent is across the net. Just as importantly, Kathy understands the significance of working with our Community Tennis group to promote the game at the youth level – which will only help to recruit and develop the next generation of Fed Cup and Davis Cup players for the United States.”
Rinaldi, 49, was ranked as high as No. 7 in the world in singles, in May 1986 and No. 13 in the world in doubles, in February 1993. She reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 1985, the quarterfinals of the French Open in 1981 and 1986, the fourth round of the US Open in 1982 and the third round of the Australian Open in 1984. She won three WTA singles titles and two doubles titles in her career.
In 1981, Rinaldi became the youngest player to win a match at Wimbledon (14 years, 91 days), a record that stood until 1990. She received the WTA Newcomer of the Year honor in her rookie season in 1981 at age 14, as well as a WTA Comeback Player of the Year award in 1989 after suffering an injury in 1987. Rinaldi also competed for the U.S. vs. Great Britain in the Wightman Cup competition, winning in 1983, ’85-86.
As a coach, she has led the U.S. to multiple junior international team competition titles, including the 16-and-under Junior Fed Cup (2012, 2014) and the 14-and-under World Junior Tennis (2009-10). She also coached the U.S. women in the Pan American Games in 2015. Rinaldi has also coached a multitude of American junior and pro women on either a primary or supplemental basis, and was named the U.S. Olympic Committee’s National Coach of the Year for tennis in 2011.
Rinaldi takes over from Fernandez effective immediately. Her first tie as Fed Cup captain will be in February, when the U.S. hosts Germany in the World Group first round in Maui, Hawaii.
With 17 Fed Cup titles, the U.S. has captured the trophy more than any other nation, and more than twice as often as any other nation with the exception of the Czech Republic, which has 10 victories.
The U.S. last won the Fed Cup in 2000 but reached the finals in 2003, 2009 and 2010.