Captain gets extension; legend no longer a coach

Updated: December 7, 2004, 11:07 AM ET
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Zina Garrison was given a one-year contract to stay on as U.S. Fed Cup captain, while Billie Jean King retired Tuesday as a coach for the team.

Garrison, the 1990 Wimbledon runner-up, was hired as captain a year ago. The United States went 1-1 in her debut season, losing at Austria in the quarterfinals. Garrison will lead the American squad when it hosts Belgium in a quarterfinal in April.

She also coached the U.S. Olympic women's tennis team, which left Athens without a medal.

U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe, whose team lost to Spain in the finals this past weekend, got a two-year contract last month.

King stepped aside as captain last year to make way for Garrison but stayed on as a coach to help. King, 64, led the United States to four Fed Cup titles in her nine years as captain, and she won seven titles as a player, going 52-4.

"My wonderful experiences with the U.S. Fed Cup team have provided me the special opportunity to contribute to the continued growth of women's sports and international team tennis," said King, one of the game's greats, in a statement.

"I have been very fortunate to play and work beside so many great players and coaches, including Zina -- who is certain to have great success leading the team."

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.

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