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THE INTERNATIONAL TENNIS FEDERATION'S OFFICIAL MAGAZINE 52 CONTENTS autumn 2013 EDITOR 16 Joanne Burnham CONTRIBUTORS 4 Chris Bowers is a freelance writer and broadcaster who has covered the global tennis circuit since 1992. He is executive director of the Tennis Radio Network, and the author of several tennis books, including A Century of Contribution to Tennis, a history of the ITF's first 100 years. Sebastian Fest is Sports Chief Editor at the Spanish Service of the German News Agency (DPA). He is from Argentina and has covered every summer Olympics since Atlanta 1996, and all IOC general assemblies in recent years. He is co-president of the International Tennis Writers Association. 24 Stuart Fraser is a freelance sports journalist who has covered tennis for a number of different media outlets in the UK including the Daily Mail, The Sun and BBC Radio Scotland. He was a reporter for the London 2012 Olympic News Service at Wimbledon. 8 Sandra Harwitt is a freelance journalist covering tennis and other sports for over 25 years and is a regular contributor to Associated Press, The Miami Herald and a co-owner of Jeff Kavanagh is a freelance writer from New Zealand, currently based in Hamburg, Germany. He has covered Davis Cup ties in Germany and Poland, and a Fed Cup World Group play-off tie in Switzerland for the official competition websites. Jamie Renton joined the ITF Communications department in 2012. He previously worked for London-based Tennishead magazine and edited the 2013 ATP World Tour Media Guide. Alexandra Willis is a freelance multimedia tennis journalist. She is the editorial content manager at the All England Club and regularly contributes to The Tennis Space, CNN World Sport, The Daily Telegraph and Sporting Intelligence. Features 4 life's a ball on the beach As the ITF Beach Tennis Tour goes from strength to strength, Jamie Renton went to the European Beach Tennis Championships to meet some of the players. Max Woodward joined ITF Communications in 2012. He works on the social media accounts for the ITF including Davis Cup, Juniors, Pro Circuits and Beach Tennis. photo credits ASOIF, Sergio Carmona, Michael Cole, Corbis, Corinne Dubreuil, Florian Eisele, EOM, Ray Giubilo, Golovanov/Kivrin, Maximilian Hamm, Imagellan, James Jordan, Le Le, Mike King, Henk Koster, Daniel Maurer, Andy Mueller, Fred and Susan Mullane, Mediasport, Rio 2016, Martin Sidorjak, Srdjan Stevanovic, Andrzej Szkocki, Takeo Tanuma, Stephen Wake, Paul Zimmer DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Clarus · 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, but if you send material you must include an SAE. 20 world class Stuart Fraser reflects on a Davis Cup by BNP Paribas play-off round headlined by Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray's contributions to putting their countries in the 2014 World Group. 8 All about ASOIF 24 an all-time high ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti talks to Sebastian Fest about the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations and his role as its president. How many more can they win? That was the question being asked as Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams won their 13th and 17th Grand Slam singles titles respectively at the US Open. Alexandra Willis was there. 10 Inside out: poland After its headline-making summer, the future looks bright for Polish tennis. Jeff Kavanagh examines what is going right in an eastern European nation with a modest tennis history. 28 croatia steals the show in nyc The junior US Open titles saw a double triumph for Croatia as Ana Konjuh and Borna Coric grabbed the singles spoils, says Sandra Harwitt. 15 SAYING GOODBYE 30 young stars shine bright 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 and for matters arising as a result. Views expressed in 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. © 2013 ITF Ltd. Front cover photography by Daniel Maurer. Max Woodward reports on the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals, in which USA and Russia were the dominant 14-and-under teams. 16 equal and opposite Please address all correspondence regarding ITFWorld to Joanne Burnham, ITF Communications Department, ITF Licensing UK Ltd, Bank Lane, Roehampton, London SW15 5XZ, UK. Email: A number of famous faces bowed out of the sport this autumn. Two very different semifinals have set up a Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final between Serbia and title holders Czech Republic. Chris Bowers reports on a weekend of contrasts. Regulars 2 Welcome Message 32 Looking ahead From ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. What's left on the calendar for the remainder of 2013. 22 News Round-up ITF news from the last three months. ITFWORLD AUTUMN 2013 1

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