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ITF World Summer 2023 3 CONTENTS in this issue EDITOR Joanne Burnham CONTRIBUTORS Chris Bowers is a writer, broadcaster and tennis historian covering the sport for more than 30 years. He has wri en biographies of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, four Davis Cup yearbooks, and the ITF's 2013 centenary book. Ross McLean works within the ITF's Communica ons department as Project Lead, Digital Content. Kevin Palmer has over 25 years of experience in sports journalism. He is a writer, editor and content creator for Ireland's Sunday World newspaper,, and Gemma Stevenson is a freelance tennis reporter and commentator specialising in wheelchair tennis. She has wri en for Bri sh outlets including Sky Sports, BBC Sport and Baseline Media. She also competes in wheelchair tennis. Photo Credits: Ando/Llamera, George Baryamwisakir, Anthony Delanoix/Unsplash, Corinne Dubreuil, Sara Falcao, Ge y Images for ITF, Hopman Cup, ITHF, Daniel Kopatsch, Henk Koster, Hiromasa Mano, Luis Mejia, Frank Molter, Susan Mullane, Newspix24, Photonews via Ge y Images, Quality Sport Images, Shu erstock, Srdjan Stevanovic, Takeo Tanuma, USTA, Stephen Wake, Paul Zimmer. Cover photo: Quality Sport Images 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 wri en 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 me of going to press, we cannot accept responsibility if any errors occur for the ma ers arising as a result. Views expressed by ITFWorld do not necessarily reflect official ITF policy. It should not be inferred that products adver sed in this magazine are officially approved by the ITF. © 2023 ITF Ltd. 4 President's view A welcome from ITF President David Haggerty. 6 "One of the best feelings in C O V E R S T O R Y tennis is to play Davis Cup" Borna Coric talks to Kevin Palmer about his recovery from career-threatening injury and Croa a's upcoming Davis Cup Finals charge in Split. 10 Taking it higher With his country compe ng in the Davis Cup elite for the first me, Emil Ruusuvuori discusses his route into tennis and flying the flag for Finland in an exclusive interview with Kevin Palmer. 14 Davis Cup: the line-ups A look at all the teams and players in ac on in the Davis Cup Finals Group Stage in September. 16 Who will reign in Spain? Joanne Burnham previews the na ons in conten on at the 2023 Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Finals. 18 The countdown begins Everything you need to know about Olympic and Paralympic Tennis at Paris 2024. 20 Playing with heart Wheelchair star Alfie Hewe talks exclusively to Gemma Stevenson about his career so far, his new rivalry with Tokito Oda and his drive to con nuously improve. 26 A toast to Jus ne Modern legend Jus ne Henin received the ITF Philippe Chatrier Award in July. Joanne Burnham was there. 30 "It has been an amazing ride" Czechia scored a rare double victory at the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals, reports Ross McLean. And there's more to come in 2023 for the world's rising juniors. 34 Southern Africa in focus Chris Bowers looks at the ITF's work to grow the game in southern Africa. 40 News round-up and photo feature 26 20 34 16

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