Mary Joe Fernandez Out as @USFedCupTeam Captain
In a joint announcement, the USTA and Mary Joe Fernandez, one of the longest-serving Fed Cup Captains in U.S. tennis history, today announced that after eight years of leadership, Fernandez will step down from her role as U.S. Fed Cup Captain. With this change in leadership, the role of Fed Cup captain will now include working very closely with USTA Player Development. The search for a new captain will begin immediately with the goal that a new captain will be named by the end of November.
“We greatly appreciate all that Mary Joe brought to the U.S. Fed Cup Team, including reaching two finals,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams. “She is highly regarded by all of the players, and has brought unparalleled experience and insight to the role. She will be missed.”
Adams also added the following: “Going forward, the role of the Fed Cup captain will be changing, and the captain will now work much more closely with USTA Player Development. The captain will attend Player Development training camps and will lend coaching support for players at a number of tournaments throughout the year. This new approach will place additional time demands on any Fed Cup captain over the course of the year.”
“Working with the players has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” said Fernandez. “I have been proud to represent the USA in this role. My only regret is we did not bring home the cup during my tenure as Captain. While the changes planned for the captain role are not a fit with my other work and family demands at this time, I plan to do my part to ensure a smooth transition to a new captain once selected, and continue to contribute where I can to the success of the USA Fed Cup Team.”
The U.S. Fed Cup Team will compete at home (location to be determined) against Germany on February 11-12, 2017.
Sochi has nothing on Cleveland.
It’s 7 degrees outside of the Cleveland Public Auditorium.
Remember the Australian Open, where players were frying eggs on court?
We’re freezing water out front in record time. Almost as dramatic.
You’ve got the bitter cold and you’ve got the international competition, without all of the homophobia.
Join me for Fed Cup Cleveland Day 1 as I cover the event the only way they’d let me in: for Tennis Panorama News!
First, we show Tennis Panorama Karen that we dressed up nice and show those Italians we’re not a bunch of sweatshirt-wearing media buffet hogs.
Then, we meet a Super Cleveland Tennis Fan.
Then, Team Italy Karin tells us about the most rabid fans of all: her own teammates.
After that, we drop the news on Cap’n Mary Joe Fernandez that the USA is 0-10 after starting 0-2 in Fed Cup World Group play.
Oh, yes we did!
Steve Fogleman is Editor of TennisEastCoast.com, a Mid-Atlantic based tennis website. He is in Cleveland, Ohio covering the Fed Cup tie between USA and Italy for Tennis Panorama News.
ESPN’s Mary Joe Fernandez and Darren Cahill held a conference call today wherein they discussed current events and observations of the game.
For one, Fernandez is fond of Christina McHale:
Christina is such a hard worker, with a great disposition. She wants to keep improving her game and she had a really good week. The next step for her is to finish off her matches. She had bad luck not finishing off Kerber, but I was proud of how she finished against Kvitova. She knows the keys to improving and her ranking just keeps going up.
Cahill was asked if he would compare the men’s top 10 of today to the top ten of ten years ago.
Every generation is different, but if you go back to Chang or Krajicek, Sampras and the others, if you were outside the top 10, if you could step your game up a notch, you felt like you had a chance. Now, these players today, the top 4, are more physical than I’ve ever seen. Djokovic had problems with his serve. He solved that problem. (Today’s Top 4) are the best movers and the best returners, too. We’re very lucky to be in this era.
On the hindrance rule of which Serena Williams fell afoul in last year’s US Open and Mardy Fish violated at Indian Wells before retiring to Matthew Ebden:
MJF: If you say “C’mon!” before the point is over, that’s hindrance. I think it was a good call on Serena at the US Open.
DC: The rule is quite simple. The point is awarded to the other player. Even if you smash a point and yell ‘come on’ before the second bounce. There needs to be a little more common sense in interpreting the rule. That was pretty rough that Mardy lost that point.
After declaring that Nick Bollettieri should definitely be in the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Cahill opined to Tennis Maryland on the difficulties of a younger coach coming along in the style that Bollettieri or Braden did.
The question of putting together a tennis academy is much tougher than it once was. The elite juniors of the world and their associations hire away good coaches. But the best coaches in the world are the ones whose names we don’t know. They’re the ones on court with the 8-to-12 year olds day in and day out.