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LOOKING ahead MAY Roland Garros PARIS, FRANCE 26 May – 9 June The second Grand Slam of the year provides the opportunity for professional players across singles, doubles and mixed doubles, as well as junior and wheelchair competitors, to secure silverware. Spain's Rafael Nadal is the defending men's champion, having won the title – his 17th Grand Slam crown – for the 11th time in his career in 2018. Simona Halep of Romania is set to enter the competition as the defending women's singles champion after securing her maiden Grand Slam title by defeating Sloane Stephens in last year's final. This year's tournament will be the 123rd edition of the competition. JUNE ITF World Champions Dinner PARIS, FRANCE 4 June The annual event will bring together more than 400 members of the tennis family to honour the ITF World Champions, who are recognised for their outstanding performance during the previous year. Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep of Romania will be honoured with the top men's and women's singles awards. The best doubles teams, juniors and wheelchair players will also be commended, as will Gabriela Sabatini, who will be given the Philippe Chatrier Award for her contribution to tennis. ITF Beach Tennis World Championships TERRACINA, ITALY 10-16 June C A L E N D A R Follow the action at InternationalTennisFederation @ITF_Tennis 42 ITFWorld // SPRING 2019 The ITF Beach Tennis World Championships will be staged in the Italian city of Terracina, which succeeds previous host Cervia for the first time. Last year's men's final was won by Spain's Antomi Ramos Viera and Mikael Alessi of Italy, while Italian pair Federica Bacchetta and Giulia Gasparri were victorious in the women's draw. This will be the last tournament which counts towards the ITF Beach Tennis Rankings for entry into October's ANOC World Beach Games in San Diego. JULY ITF Beach Tennis World Team Championship MOSCOW, RUSSIA 2-7 July The World Team Championship returns to the Russian capital for the eighth edition of the annual competition, which will be contested at the National Tennis Centre. Brazil are the defending champions, having defeated Italy in the 2018 final, although the Italians can still lay claim to being the dominant force with four titles in seven years. There will also be the continuation of the junior team competition, which was introduced in 2015. ITF Worldwide Participation Conference LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN 7-8 July The second edition of the ITF Worldwide Participation Conference will take place at Chelsea Football Club's Stamford Bridge, as it did in 2018. This year's conference will aim to build on the global conversation that began last year and provide an interactive forum centred around discussions on growing participation in sport, increasing physical activity and boosting retention rates. AUGUST ITF Seniors World Team Championships LISBON AND ESTORIL, PORTUGAL 4-10 August Having been staged in Ulm and Neu-Ulm in Germany in 2018, the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, which see competitors in the age categories of 50, 55 and 60 take to the court, will be hosted by Portugal this year. The 2018 event resulted in USA and Germany claiming two trophies each and Sweden and Australia collecting one apiece. ITF World Junior Tennis Finals PROSTEJOV, CZECH REPUBLIC 5-10 August An event which was started by the ITF in 1991, the tournament – for competitors aged 14 and under – returns to Prostejov for the 21st year. At the TK Plus Centre last year, Russia held their nerve to overcome Czech Republic and claim their first girls' title since 2015. There was no joy for the hosts at all as USA, having last won this competition in 2012, dispatched Czech Republic in the boys' final. ITF Seniors World Individual Championships LISBON AND ESTORIL 10-17 August This tournament is the highest-ranked event on the ITF Seniors Circuit for male and female players in the age categories of 50, 55 and 60. The competition offers singles, doubles and mixed doubles draws as well as a consolation draw for first round losers in singles. Ranking points are available in the singles main draw and consolation draw. JUNE

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