Archive for Sunday, June 27, 2004

Williams sisters, Roddick on U.S. Olympic team

June 27, 2004


— Martina Navratilova, Serena and Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati and Andy Roddick head the U.S. Olympic tennis teams announced Saturday at Wimbledon.

Navratilova this week became the oldest woman since 1922 to win a singles match at Wimbledon, where she also was entered in women's doubles and mixed doubles. She'll make her Olympic debut at 47 and will play doubles.

"She has done everything possible to have that opportunity," U.S. women's coach Zina Garrison said. "She is totally, totally geeked about going."

Capriati will represent the United States in international team competition for the first time since a falling out with former Fed Cup captain Billie Jean King in April 2002. She won the gold at the Barcelona Olympics as a 16-year-old in 1992.

The Williams sisters won the women's doubles at the 2000 Sydney Games, and Venus won the singles gold. They'll play singles and doubles at the Aug. 13-29 Athens Olympics. Capriati and Chanda Rubin will play singles, while Navratilova and Lisa Raymond will be the other doubles team.

Roddick, the U.S. Open champion who's ranked No. 2, will be joined on the men's squad by No. 20 Mardy Fish, No. 30 Vince Spadea and No. 31 Taylor Dent in singles, plus the top-ranked doubles team of twins Bob and Mike Bryan.

Roddick and Fish will play doubles together.

"I'm impressed at how excited our guys are," U.S. men's coach Patrick McEnroe said. "It's honestly all they talk about."

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