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ITF World Spring 2020 03 IN THIS ISSUE E D I T O R Ross McLean C O N T R I B U T O R S Linda Pearce is a freelance sports writer based in Melbourne. She has covered more than 50 Grand Slams and multiple Olympic Games and Davis Cup finals. She won the ATP's Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award in 2015 James Wilkins is a member of the ITF communications department and writes extensively for, and P H O T O C R E D I T S Russ Adams, Hedeson Alves, Ron Angle, Bence Balla-Schottner, Siggi Bucher, Philippe Buissin, AELTC/Arthur Cole, James Drake/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images, Terry Fincher/ Express/Getty Images, GEPA pictures/Matic Klansek, Robert Ghement, Ray Giubilo, Sergey Kivrin, Daniel Kopatsch, Henk Koster, Patrick Kovarik/AFP via Getty Images, Sergio Llamera, Douglas Miller/Keystone/Getty Images, Susan Mullane, Dennis Oulds/Central Press/Getty Images, Craig Pessman, Scott Powick, Professional Sport, Hiroshi Sato, Martin Sidorjak, Eric Simander/Bildbyran, Ben Solomon, Srdjan Stevanovic, Stephen Wake, Arata Yamaoka, Paul Zimmer Cover photo: Ron Angle D E S I G N A N D P R O D U C T I O N Designed and produced by 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 publication, 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. © 2020 ITF Ltd. Please address all correspondence regarding ITFWorld to Ross McLean, ITF Communications Department at 34 28 24 20 CONTENTS 4 Protecting the sport President David Haggerty explains the ITF's position with regard to COVID-19 and the postponement of all ITF-owned and sanctioned events 6 Game changers C O V E R S T O R Y Lindsay Davenport discusses the influence of her heroine Billie Jean King on her life and career as she acts as a role model herself, passing the baton of inspiration to the next generation 12 Past masters The 2020 recipients of the Philippe Chatrier Award, Fred Stolle and Manolo Santana, recall stories from their playing days and discuss their pride at being named winners of the prestigious accolade 20 Moving forward President David Haggerty confirms the ITF's intention to stage the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in 2020 following their postponement due to coronavirus 24 Next stop Madrid The identities of the 18 nations to compete at the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals in 2020 are known, as is the route those teams will have to take to be crowned champions 28 African promise Teenager Khololwam Montsi is beginning to fulfil the potential which the ITF first spotted at a talent identification camp eight years ago. ITFWorld finds out more about the promising youngster 32 'Better second time around' Australia's Kerryn Cyprien tells ITFWorld about falling in love with Seniors tennis and the sport she left behind after college 34 Sands of time Beach tennis star Alessandro Calbucci discusses similarities with the tennis elite, former AC Milan strikers and being the world's best at the age of 40 36 News Stories from around the ITF 38 Looking ahead How the remainder of 2020 looks at the time of publication 39 Champagne moment Sofia Kenin toasts her maiden Grand Slam victory at the Australian Open earlier this year 39

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