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Kathy Rinaldi takes over from Mary Joe Fernandez as United States Fed team captain

Former Top 10 Player Kathy Rinaldi Has Taken Over From Mary Joe Fernandez As The New Captain Of The United States Fed Cup Women's Tennis Team.

PTI | Updated on: 09 Dec 2016, 12:33:44 PM
Kathy Rinaldi - File Photo

New Delhi:

Former top 10 player Kathy Rinaldi has taken over from Mary Joe Fernandez as the new captain of the United States Fed Cup women's tennis team. Mary Joe Fernandez has stepped down as the captain in October.

Rinaldi takes over the American team that hasn't won the trophy in 16 years despite holding the all-time record of 17 Fed Cup titles. The Americans reached the finals in 2010, 2009 and 2003 but lost in the title clashes.

Fernandez resigned two months ago after eight years in charge of the team.

"This is an unbelievable opportunity, and I am incredibly excited and honored to take on the position of US 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 US Fed Cup team to the next level."

The 49-year-old Rinaldi's coaching debut will come at home in February against Germany.

Rinaldi takes on an expanded role that includes extra duties like looking after the USTA's player development program.

Rinaldi was ranked as high as number seven in the world in singles in May 1986. She reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 1985 and the quarter-finals of the French Open in 1981 and 1986.

In 1981, Rinaldi became the youngest player to win a match at Wimbledon (14 years, 91 days), a record that stood until 1990.

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First Published : 09 Dec 2016, 12:25:00 PM