The US Fed Cup team was a special guest of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team and had first-pitch honors this week. (Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Instagram)

Team USA has made Florida its personal playground leading up to its Fed Cup semifinal tie against the Czech Republic this weekend.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, CoCo Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers, Lauren Davis and captain Kathy Rinaldi have put their camaraderie on full display, appearing inseparable off-court and having fun in the process.

Traffic jams can’t deter them—and could even inspire Rinaldi to join social media.

The quartet (plus coach) have turned press conferences into a show.

Making new friends in high places has also been part of the fun.


Laughs with a #giraffe @buschgardens

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As this team tries to reach new heights in Fed Cup accomplishments, why not take a symbolic approach to doing so with a roller coaster ride?


Thank you @buschgardens for giving me this moment! @shelbsrogers @lisamraymond #CaptainKathy #TeamUSA

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The team was given the star treatment at a Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball game, where Vandeweghe put a new spin on the first pitch.

Even Captain Rinaldi was feeling it.


But Kathy's dance at the end @cocovandey @shelbsrogers @laurend1092 #teamusatennis #AboutLastNight #raysup #tampabay

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They also took the time to inspire the next generation, even though some members (ahem, Vandeweghe) might’ve gotten a little carried away.


This is how you hit a winner on a ten year old and celebrate like a champ #KidsDay #InspireEveryDay #TeamUSA #TeamYonex

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Play kicks off Friday at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa with two singles matches. The Czech team will feature Katerina Siniakova, Kirstyna Pliskova, Denisa Allertova and Marketa Vondrousova.