Seles named to U.S. Fed Cup team

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK (TICKER) — Olympic bronze medalist Monica Seles today was named to join Lindsay Davenport on the United States Fed Cup team for next month’s World Finals in Las Vegas, the United States Tennis Association announced today.

Seles, currently sidelined with tendinitis in both feet, has played Fed Cup since 1996 and has amassed an impressive 11-1 record, including a 10-1 singles mark. She helped the U.S. win the Fed Cup in 1996 and was a member of last year’s team which captured a 16th Fed Cup title, extending its own record.

“I’m excited to be part of the Fed Cup team again, and I’m looking forward to defending our title and getting together as a team,” Seles said. “Between last year’s great win over Russia and such a good experience in Sydney, it’s always fun to be together with the other U.S. players, especially with Billie Jean (King) and Zina Garrison as the coaches.”

Davenport was the first player to be named to the team on Monday. King, the U.S. Fed Cup captain, has until November 10 to round out her four-woman team, with sisters Venus and Serena Williams looming as the top choices after sweeping the singles and doubles gold medals at the Olympics in Sydney.

“The other potentials are obviously Venus and Serena,” King said. “Other ones we would look at would be (Jennifer) Capriati, Lisa Raymond, Corina Morariu, Chanda Rubin and Amy Frazier.”

Belgium, Spain and the Czech Republic will join the U.S. in the four-day competition November 21-15 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

The United States will face Belgium and Spain will play the Czech Republic in the semifinals from November 21-22. After a break for Thanksgiving, the winners will compete in the two-day final on November 24-25.