. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

92 Gold Medalist Capriati Eliminated from U.S. Team

WHITE PLAINS, New York -- American gold medalists Jennifer Capriati and Mary Joe Fernandez were eliminated from the Olympics by a computer.


Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Monica Seles were chosen Wednesday to lead the U.S. tennis team at Atlanta, but Capriati and Fernandez, who won gold medals in 1992, failed to make the squad.


The U.S. Tennis Association selected players for singles based on April 29 computer rankings, which excluded Capriati, who won the women's singles at Barcelona, and Fernandez, who won the doubles with Gigi Fernandez.


The remainder of the eight-member squad includes MaliVai Washington, Richey Reneberg, Chanda Rubin, Lindsay Davenport and Gigi Fernandez. All but Reneberg and Fernandez are expected to play singles; the doubles teams will likely be Washington-Reneberg and Davenport-Fernandez.


Capriati lost her ranking when she left the WTA Tour because of drug and personal problems, and she's now No. 109. The USTA failed to get Capriati an exemption so she could defend her medal as an extra American entry.


"I've told Jennifer all along, 'You've got no chance,''' U.S. women's coach Billie Jean King said.


Mary Joe Fernandez is now ranked 11th, one spot ahead of Davenport. But on April 29, Davenport was 10th and Fernandez 14th.


"We have to go by April 29,'' King said. "It creates a lot of anguish, because Mary Joe has been so loyal and played so well. It doesn't feel good.''