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ITF World Winter 2020 03 IN THIS ISSUE E D I T O R Ross McLean P H O T O C R E D I T S AELTC/Paul Gregory, Simon Bruty/USTA, Siggi Bucher, Darren Carroll/USTA, Corinne Dubreuil, FFT, Fresh Focus, Mike Lawrence/USTA, Cedric Lecocq/ FFT, Sergio Llamera, Roman Logov, Magdalena Love, Mauricio Ramos, Gary Runn, Martin Sidorjak, Srdjan Stevanovic, SMP Images, TopFoto, Loic Wacziak/FFT, Arata Yamaoka, Paul Zimmer Cover photo: Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images 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 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. © 2020 ITF Ltd. Please address all correspondence regarding ITFWorld to Ross McLean, ITF Communications Department at 37 32 22 14 CONTENTS 4 Rallying call Following a hugely uncertain and challenging year, ITF President David Haggerty uses his ITFWorld welcome address to review the last 12 months and look ahead to 2021 8 Pole position C O V E R S T O R Y Iga Swiatek's life changed forever when she won her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros. She talks to ITFWorld about coping with fame, being Nadal on her PlayStation and wanting to unite people during the Covid-19 pandemic 14 Name in lights ITFWorld revisits the game-changing announcement in September which saw Fed Cup renamed Billie Jean King Cup. There was global interest, including plaudits from some big names from the tennis world and beyond 18 Game on With ITF World Tennis Number set to launch from January, ITFWorld takes a closer look at the revolutionary platform 20 Get to know… In the first of a new series, ITFWorld learns more about two aspiring junior players. In a quick-fire question round, Juan Bautista Torres of Argentina and Indonesia's Priska Madelyn Nugroho are put under the spotlight 22 Swiss timing With Switzerland dominating the boys' draw at Roland Garros this year, ITFWorld investigates whether an heir to some of the nation's biggest stars has been found 26 Top Spot Elsa Jacquemot and Harold Mayot are celebrated after finishing 2020 as the year-end No. 1-ranked girl and boy re- spectively 28 Leap year ITFWorld sits down with France's Hugo Gaston, a breakthrough star of 2020, as he reflects on his stunning showing at Roland Garros and takes a trip down memory lane 32 From cancer diagnosis to Grand Slam champion Two years ago, wheelchair tennis star Sam Schroder was fighting for his life in a hospital bed. Now, he is a US Open winner with sights set on Paralympic glory. ITFWorld checks in and speaks with the man of the moment 36 Top spot Shingo Kunieda, Diede de Groot and Dylan Alcott are celebrated after finishing 2020 as the year-end No. 1 wheelchair tennis players in men's, women's and quad singles respectively 37 Island hopping With participation set to be a one of the ITF's major priorities during 2021, ITFWorld takes a look at the participation picture in the Pacific Oceania region and reports on grassroots activity there 42 News Stories from around the ITF "As the tennis family, we have learned that we must work together to steer our sport through diff icult times." DAVID HAGGERTY

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