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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Fed Cup Nominations Include Prominent Juniors; Kevin King in College Spotlight; Koz Interviews 18s Winter Champions


Fed Cup nominations for the Europe/Africa Zone Group I, Americas Zone Group I, and Asia/Oceania Groups I and II were announced by the ITF Friday, with juniors throughout the world among the women selected to represent their countries. Donna Vekic(Croatia), Anett Kontaveit(Estonia), Laura Robson(Great Britain) and Ellen Allgurin(Sweden) are 18-and-under players in the Europe/Africa Zone I competition, which will be held in Israel February 1-4. In the Americas Zone Group I, Simone Pratt of the Bahamas and Montserrat Gonzalez of Paraguay are included on their countries' teams, competing in Brazil, January 30-Feb. 4.

In the Asia/Oceania Groups I and II ties, held in China Feb. 1-4, So-Ra Lee of Korea and Sabina Sharipova of Uzbekistan are among the competitors. Venise Chan, who recently completed her All-American career at the University of Washington, will play for Hong Kong, and former Clemson star Ani Mijacika is on the Croatian team.

For the complete list of nominations, see the Fed Cup website.

Georgia Tech senior Kevin King is in the USTA's College Spotlight this week, and in his interview discusses the improvements in his game, the advantages of attending college close to home, his favorite class as a mechanical engineering major and the importance of time management for a student-athlete.

Dave "the Koz" Kozlowski did audio interviews with 18s Winter National champions Jamie Loeb and Jared Hiltzik. To listen to the interviews, go to the Tennis Channel's website. For Loeb's interview, click here; for Hiltzik's interview, click here.

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