Delray Beach will be the capital city of American tennis next month.
American No. 1 Jessica Pegula, 2022 Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins, former US Open finalist Madison Keys and Caty McNally will join Coco Gauff representingthe USA in the Billie Jean King Cup qualifying tie vs. Austria April 14-15 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Florida.
U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi and the USTA announced the squad in a statement today. Auckland champion and Delray Beach resident Gauff had previously been announced to the American team.
The Austrian team will include world No. 93 Julia Grabher, No. 219 Sinja Kraus, No. 468 Barbara Haas, No. 528 Tamira Paszek and No. 912 Melanie Klaffner, and is captained by Marion Maruska.
It’s billed as Coco Gauff’s Delray Beach homecoming and the tie will be an all-American bash as Hall of Famer Billie Jean King will be on hand.
Billie Jean King Cup – celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2023 – is the ‘World Cup of Tennis,’ with more than 100 nations competing every year. The qualifying competition is one of nine being held around the world in April, with the winners of each advancing to the Billie Jean King Cup Finals this fall to compete for the title.
The United States leads all nations in all-time titles, with 18. The qualifier, which Billie Jean King will attend, is a best-of-five match series that begins Friday, April 14, with two singles matches. Two reverse singles matches and a doubles match will follow on Saturday, April 15, with an amended Saturday schedule possible if one nation clinches victory in the third or fourth singles match.
Pegula, 29, is ranked No. 3 in singles and No. 5 in doubles, the only player in the world ranked in the Top 5 in both. The Buffalo native has reached the quarterfinals at 4 of the last 5 majors and helped the U.S. team advance to the 2022 Finals by going 2-1 in last year’s Qualifying.
Gauff, 19, is ranked No. 6 in singles and No. 3 in doubles and held the world No. 1 doubles ranking last summer. The Delray Beach, Fla., native reached the singles final at Roland Garros last year, the youngest American to reach a major singles final since Serena Williams in 1999, and won her third career WTA singles title earlier this year in Auckland.
Keys, 28, is ranked No. 20 in singles and has been ranked as high as No. 7. A 2017 US Open singles finalist, the Rock Island, Ill., native and Orlando resident is a five-time Grand Slam…
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