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10 September 2010

Fernandez signs new contract


Photo: Susan MullaneMary Joe Fernandez (USA)

Mary Joe Fernandez has agreed a two-year extension with the USTA that will see her remain as USA’s Fed Cup captain until the end of the 2012 season.

Fernandez, who played in the winning American team of 1996, took over as captain in 2009 after serving one year as team coach.

The former world No. 4 has led the side to consecutive finals in her opening two seasons in charge, becoming the first American captain to accomplish this feat since Marty Riessen in 1987.

Fernandez has compiled a 4-1 win-loss record as captain with the only defeat coming in last year’s final against Italy.

“Mary Joe has done a tremendous job in her first two years as U.S. Fed Cup captain,” said USTA President Lucy Garvin.

“She has created a team atmosphere that has paid dividends, and the results are indisputable.

"Mary Joe has also been able to involve some of our most promising young players, paving the road for continued success in the years to come.”

Following victories over former champions France and Russia in the opening two rounds, USA now hosts Italy in the final. The tie is being played in San Diego on 6-7 November.

Serena and Venus Williams have both committed to playing for USA, joining a squad that also includes Melanie Oudin, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Liezel Huber.

Italy is expected to name an unchanged line-up of Roland Garros winner Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.

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