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The President's View The Humble Champion The on and off-court achievements of 2019 Philippe Chatrier Award winner Gabriela Sabatini are profiled by Sandra Harwitt in an exclusive interview. Going for Gold Naomi Osaka talks exclusively to ITFWorld about her dreams of triumphing in the country of her birth at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Eyes on the Prize The countdown to the Davis Cup Madrid Finals is well and truly underway following February's Qualifiers and draw. Final Countdown Australia and France set a date for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final after thrilling semifinal victories. By Kate Battersby. Making the Grade ITFWorld looks at one of the ITF's major development participation programmes, the Junior Tennis Initiative, and how it is benefiting the progression of talented youngsters in Guatemala, Lebanon and Kenya. Looking to the Future ITF makes Hopman Cup pledge following agreement for Tennis Australia to end their licensing arrangement for the tournament. in this issue 4 6 12 18 22 26 2 9 CONTENTS E D I T O R Ross McLean C O N T R I B U T O R S Kate Battersby began working life as a secretary with MI6, which was considerably less intriguing than it sounds. From there she worked in television, before becoming a journalist. She has covered many sports, and in 2019 will cover her ninth Roland Garros. Sandra Harwitt covers tennis for USA Today and contributes to other media outlets such as Associated Press, and the Miami Herald. She is the author of The Greatest Jewish Tennis Players of All Time. P H O T O C R E D I T S AELTC/Michael Cole, Russ Adams, Hedeson Alves, Siggi Bucher, Corinne Dubreuil, GEPA pictures/Matthias Hauer, Tommy Hindley, Patricia J. Garcinuno, Rahul Goyal, Anibal Greco, Theron Kirkman, Sergey Kivrin, Daniel Kopatsch, Carmen Lee, Sergio Llamera, Ella Ling, Jacobo Medrano, Fred Mullane, Arigi Obiero, Scott Powick, Professional Sport, Raw Image, Nata Sams, Ryan Schembri, Dwi Ari Setyadi, Dave Shopland, Martin Sidorjak, Srdjan Stevanovic, Takeo Tanuma, Bob Thomas, photographs courtesy of Tokyo 2020, James Worsfold, Dave Zhong, Paul Zimmer Cover photo: Sergio Llamera 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 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. © 2019 ITF Ltd. Please address all correspondence regarding ITFWorld to Ross McLean, ITF Communications Department at 18 3 0 C O V E R S T O R Y 'I Didn't Want to be Different Anymore' Diede de Groot tells ITFWorld about her beginnings in wheelchair tennis and her ongoing hunger for success. No Glass Ceilings Dylan Alcott talks to ITFWorld about emulating Rod Laver, being a role model for future generations and comparisons with David Beckham. Melbourne Stars Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic continued their Grand Slam winning streaks by sealing glory at this year's Australian Open. Reigns, Danes and Automobiles The first major titles of the junior calendar were claimed by Lorenzo Musetti and Clara Tauson at the Australian Open in January. News Round-up Stories from around the ITF. Looking Ahead What's on in the next few months. 30 32 34 3 8 1 2 3 4 40 42 03 3 8

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