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12 ITF World Winter 2021 03 CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE EDITOR Ross McLean PHOTO CREDITS AELTC/Jon Super, Roman Benicky, Corinne Dubreuil, FFT, Ray Giubilo, Daniel Kopatsch, Kopatsch/Sato/ Sidorjak, Kosmos Tennis, Sergio Llamera, Andrew Ong/USTA, Jorge Saenz, Martin Sidorjak, Diego Souto, Srdjan Stevanovic, USTA, Paul Zimmer Cover photo: Kosmos Tennis DESIGN AND PRODUCTION 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. © 2021 ITF Ltd. Please address all correspondence regarding ITFWorld to Ross McLean, ITF Communications Department at 20 32 16 4 Forward, together ITF President David Haggerty uses his ITFWorld welcome address to review an action-packed end to 2021 and look ahead to a new year which promises to be equally as absorbing 6 2021 ITF World Champions A celebration of those players who have enjoyed outstanding seasons and have had the crown of ITF World Champion bestowed upon them 8 Russian Genius C O V E R S T O R Y The Russian Tennis Federation defeated Croatia in Madrid to claim victory at the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2021 and secure a clean sweep of team competition titles. ITFWorld remembers the key moments 12 Davis Cup Finals: Roving Reporter Many spellbinding stories unfolded during a gripping Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2021. ITFWorld's roving reporter travels through Europe to bring readers a healthy sample of those engrossing tales 16 'I say goodbye with a big smile on my face' Following a heroic recovery from a harrowing cancer diagnosis, Carla Suarez Navarro waved goodbye to the sport she loves at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in November. As she tells ITFWorld, it was the perfect swansong 20 Worth the wait There were thrills, spills and storylines aplenty as the Russian Tennis Federation topped the podium at November's inaugural Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Prague. ITFWorld relives all the drama and excitement 26 Get to know… In the feature's latest edition, ITFWorld learns more about two highly rated players. In a quick-fire question round, Sweden's Leo Borg and Robin Montgomery of the United States are put under the spotlight 28 Pride of their nation There was a huge amount of talent on show at the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas Finals, while a host of players enhanced their burgeoning reputations on the courts of Antalya 32 A Continental Tango ITFWorld takes a trek around South America, looking at development and participation throughout the region and providing a snapshot from each of the 10 ITF member nations there 38 Star quality Guitar-playing Tokito Oda has taken the wheelchair tennis world by storm in 2021. The 15-year-old tells ITFWorld about his breakthrough year, the pain of his bone cancer diagnosis and a desire to make youngsters dream 42 News Stories from around the ITF 28 LO O K FO R C L I C K FO R M O R E C O N T E N T i

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