Not everyone is cut out to be a team player in tennis, an individual sport in which supporting other players normally doesn’t quite compute. Persuading the world’s best to sign up for such duty can be so tricky, Billie Jean King once said she had to “kill myself trying.”
Then there are cases like Mary Joe Fernandez’s.
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FED CUP: U.S. VS. SWEDEN
Today’s matches: Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. Sofia Arvidsson; Serena Williams (USA) vs. Johanna Larsson.
Sunday’s matches: Serena Williams (USA) vs. Arvidsson; Stephens (USA) vs. Larsson; Varvara Lepchenko/Venus Williams (USA) vs. Arvidsson/Larsson.
Where: Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.
When: 2 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Sunday.
TV: Tennis Channel.
Tickets: Daily seats are $15 at the stadium box office and $40 and $65 through ticketmaster.com or by calling (888) 334-8782. Two-day packages are $70 and $120.