Capriati dropped

Jennifer Capriati has been dropped from the United States' Federation Cup team on the eve of their 2002 World Group first-round game against Austria.

Jennifer Capriati has been dropped from the United States' Federation Cup team on the eve of their 2002 World Group first-round game against Austria.

Billie Jean King, captain of the top seeds, announced that Capriati will not play after breaking team rules.

"The Fed Cup competition is comprised of team play, and our team's rules apply to all players to ensure a team concept," King said.

"We are disappointed that Jennifer did not agree to comply with our closed, team-only practice policy, and as a result was excused from the team.

"We wish Jennifer the best of success in the upcoming European swing and in defence of her French Open title."

Capriati, the current world number two and reigning Australian Open champion, last competed in the competition in November 2000.

The 26-year-old, who holds a 10-3 record in Fed Cup play, was due to meet Evelyn Fauth in the second singles match on the clay courts of the Olde Providence Racquet Club.

Instead, the United States will forfeit the match.

Now, Monica Seles will need to score her 13th victory in 14 singles matches in this competition to level the match with Austria at 1-1.

The world number six faces Barbara Schwartz in the opening singles match.

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