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The President's View Cream of the Crop ITFWorld showcases those players who rose to the top, produced some outstanding performances during the past year and were duly named 2018 ITF World Champions. World in their Hands Marin Cilic put past heartbreak behind him and starred as Croatia defeated France to scoop their second Davis Cup by BNP Paribas title. Czech Mate Czech Republic showcased their strength in depth to be crowned Fed Cup by BNP Paribas champions for the sixth time in eight years. By Nick McCarvel. Record Breakers The third edition of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires will be remembered as a success on and off court, writes Ed Pearson. Top of their Game Among a flurry of usual suspects, there was a new name on the honours board as the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, the year-end singles championship, came to a thrilling conclusion. Shining Lights ITFWorld looks beyond the on-court action and unearths some truly inspiring stories from two of the major tournaments on the ITF Seniors circuit. in this issue 4 6 12 16 20 24 CONTENTS 32 ITFWorld // WINTER 2018 03 1 2 E D I T O R Ross McLean C O N T R I B U T O R S Michael Beattie is a freelance sportswriter and researcher who has covered tennis, football and the Olympic Games since 2008. Harvey Fialkov spent 20 years as a staff reporter at the Sun- Sentinel. He is now a freelance journalist based in South Florida where he has covered every level of junior and professional tennis. Nick McCarvel is a freelance reporter and presenter based in New York City. The former USA Today tennis correspondent has covered all four Grand Slams and three Olympic Games. Tom Moran is a member of the ITF Communications department and has written extensively for and since 2013. Ed Pearson manages the Digital Services team at the International Tennis Federation. Marshall Thomas is a freelance journalist and media consultant who has worked in Paralympic sport since 1995. He currently works in a freelance capacity for the ITF Wheelchair Tennis department and for British Tennis. P H O T O C R E D I T S Camerawork USA, John Cornell/USPTA, Corinne Dubreuil, Mathilde Dusol, Ray Giubilo, Andrei Golovanov, Daniel Kopatsch, Sergio Llamera, Carmen Lee, Susan Mullane, Heredia Roses, Martin Sidorjak, Srdjan Stevanovic, Paul Zimmer, Arata Yamaoka Cover photo: Susan Mullane D E S I G N A N D P R O D U C T I O N Designed and produced by Ingenious Design Ltd. The printing inks are made using vegetable based oils. No film or film processing chemicals were used. Printed on Amadeus Revive 100 silk & 75 matt according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards and produced at an EMAS certified mill. Amadeus is FSC™ certified. ITFWorld is published by ITF Ltd, PO Box N-272, Nassau, Bahamas. All rights reserved throughout the world. No part of ITFWorld may be reproduced without the prior written permission of the publisher. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the publisher. The publishers accept no responsibility for return of manuscripts, photos or artwork. Whilst we make every effort to ensure that all editorial material is factually correct at the time of going to press, we cannot accept responsibility if any errors occur for the matters arising as a result. Views expressed by ITFWorld do not necessarily reflect official ITF policy. It should not be inferred that products advertised in this magazine are officially approved by the ITF. © 2018 ITF Ltd. Please address all correspondence regarding ITFWorld to Ross McLean, ITF Communications Department at 2 0 24 C O V E R S T O R Y 2 7 Smells like Teen Spirit Clara Burel of France ended her 2018 quest for a junior title as American Brandon Nakashima proved lightning does strike twice, reports Ross McLean. Youth of Today In 2017, the ITF introduced a series of regional team competitions for players aged 12 and under. Luca Santilli, the ITF's Executive Director for Development, reflects on the first two years of the programme. Drama on the Danube The three-year residency of the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Budapest came to an end with a pair of rollercoaster matches, writes Tom Moran. Osaka's Sun Rises Groundbreaker Naomi Osaka made history by becoming the first Japanese player to be crowned a Grand Slam singles champion, while Novak Djokovic continued his renaissance in style. Hand of History The conquerors of New York proved themselves to be trailblazers and secured their respective places in the junior record books. News Round-up Stories from around the ITF. Looking Ahead What's on in the next few months. 30 32 34 36 3 8 40 42

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