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Epley Coaches U.S. Fed Cup Team To Victory
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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TUCSON, Ariz. (Oct. 4) - Arizona tennis has reached the international level of competition as recently-hired assistant coach Kevin Epley spent a couple of weeks with some of the top women's tennis players in the world.

Epley began his two-week odyssey at the Fed Cup in Palo Alto, Calif. as an assistant for the United States' head coach and tennis great Billie Jean King that wrapped up with a two day championship match wversus Russia, Sept. 18-19. His involvement in the Fed Cup is part of his ongoing involvement of coaching at the professional level. The Fed Cup is the women's equivalent of the Davis Cup in which the nations from around the world battle it out for the right to be called the best tennis country in the world.

The United States' team was comprised of four of the top five ranked players in the world including Lindsay Davenport (No. 2), Serena (No. 3) and Venus (No. 4) Williams, and Monica Seles (No. 5). The team cruised through the tournament culminating, their dominating run with a 4-1 victory over Russia. Epley was asked by King to join the coaching staff and spent five days prior to the championship match practicing with the team.

Following the Fed Cup, Epley embarked on a journey to Japan with Davenport to coach her in the Toyota Princess Cup that spanned a seven day period in late September. Davenport's regular coach was unable to attend, and the Arizona assistant was once again asked to coach one of the best women's tennis players in the world. The tournament was a showcase for Davenport's talent as she breezed through the competition, culminating in a championship-match victory over Seles.

"Coaching some of the top women's tennis players in the world has been a great experience for me in transferring what I've learned at the professional level to the college level," Epley said. "I'm excited to apply it all at Arizona."


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