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Danielle Collins explains what makes the US BJK Cup team special

Danielle Collins described the US Billie Jean King Cup team as “a relaxed bunch” and added that all the players on the team are very supportive. This week in Glasgow, Collins, Cori Gauff, Madison Keys, Caty McNally and Taylor Townsend are representing the United States in the BJK Cup Finals.

On Wednesday, the USA kicked off their BJK Cup final campaign with a 2-1 victory over Poland. Collis defeated Magdalena French in the opener of the tie, before Magda Linette defeated Keys in the following match to send the tie in a decisive rubber.

In the doubles match, Gauff and McNally beat Linette and Alicja Rosolska 6-1, 6-2 to give the United States an opening victory in Glasgow.

Collins on the BJK Cup American Team

“I think we have a very relaxed group.

I think everyone is very happy to be here and grateful for the opportunity. We have some high-profile and successful players on the team, but I feel like we’re all very selfless and we just want the team to do well and do whatever it takes to make the team look its best.

To be really honest, I don’t think so, I think we were very lucky in that sense, because I think everyone is a good team player,” Collins said. Additionally, Collins admitted that being part of such a strong group helps alleviate the pressure.

“Yeah, it’s really nice to be a part of a group like that, because you feel the support all the time and, you know, I know I was thinking about my struggles. It almost took some of the pressure off me today knowing that Maddie was going to play after me, and then we had the doubles too, because we have such strong players on the team that can help us.

It gives us a lot of confidence, I think, when we are all so strong,” added Collins. Next up for Collins and co will be the Czech Republic.

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