singles, while Venus and Serena will compete in the doubles competition.
Billie Jean King, who led the U.S. to a gold medal sweep in women's
singles and doubles in 1996, will coach the U.S. women's Olympic team.
"I have always said since 1996, that I can't wait to go back to the
Olympics," said Davenport in a statement released by the USTA. "I am
looking forward to going back to Sydney and being part of the whole
experience again. I think we are sending an unbelievably strong team and
should probably win a lot of medals in Sydney."
The 24-year-old Davenport, runner-up to Venus Williams on Sunday on
the Palo Alto stop of the women's tour, defeated Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
for the gold in Atlanta.
She will be attempting to become the first woman to repeat as gold
medalist in women's singles in Olympic tennis history.
She won the U.S. Open singles title in 1998, Wimbledon in 1999 and the
Australian Open in 2000. Her father, Wink Davenport, was a member of the
1968 U.S. Olympic volleyball team that competed in Mexico City.
"This is a terrific moment in American tennis to have these four great
champions to comprise the strongest women's tennis team in the history of
the Olympics," said Arlen Kantarian, the USTA's Chief Executive,
"These four women are tremendous athletes and strong personalities
who, combined with a tennis legend in Billie Jean King, will be the talk
of Sydney both on and off the court."