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Italy beat the United States 4-0 in last year’s final. The Americans have won 17 Fed Cup titles but none since 2000.

The Fed Cup lost a lot of luster when Serena and Venus Williams dropped out due to injuries.

Vandeweghe, the niece of former NBA star Kiki Vandeweghe, grew up in the luxury San Diego County enclave Rancho Santa Fe and now lives up the coast in Newport Beach.

Vandeweghe had a nice run in the Mercury Insurance Open at Carlsbad in early August, including a three-set upset win over Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva, before losing to Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova.

“We all know CoCo’s got game,” Huber said earlier in the week. “She’s got a really bright future.”