Fernandez to coach U.S. team in '08, take over as captain in '09

12/17/2007 - Tennis

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- U.S. Fed Cup captain Zina Garrison
will be joined next year by coach Mary Joe Fernandez, who will take
over as captain in 2009.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced the pairing of the former
doubles partners on Monday. The U.S. will play Germany in the Fed
Cup quarterfinals Feb. 2-3 at La Jolla, Calif.

"Fed Cup was one of the most important and memorable times of
my career," said Fernandez, who played on the winning 1996 U.S.

The 36-year-old Fernandez helped the U.S. reach the finals in
four of her six years on the Fed Cup team and finished with a 16-10
record (12-8 in singles).

She won Grand Slam doubles titles at the 1991 Australian Open
and 1996 French Open. Fernandez, who finished with seven WTA Tour
singles titles and 19 doubles titles, is a tennis commentator.

The Fed Cup matches will be at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
The U.S. leads with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last in 2000.

"I anticipate an exciting final year as captain in the hopes of
bringing the Fed Cup home to the U.S.," said Garrison, the captain
since 2004. "Mary Joe and I are looking forward to building a
strong transition."