ITFWorld Autumn 2013

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Looking Ahead Upcoming events L ooking Ah ead fed cup by bnp paribas final Cagliari, Italy, 2-3 November A blockbusting final is in store for Fed Cup as the women's team competition celebrates its 50th birthday with a clash between Italy and Russia, two of the most dominant nations in the event in recent years. Italy has lifted the trophy three times previously, while Russia is a four-time winner. The Russians have an imposing 5-1 head-to-head against their opponents, but Italy has home advantage outdoors on clay on the island of Sardinia. NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters & ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters Mission Viejo, CA, USA, 5-11 November The singles and doubles year-end championships for wheelchair players are being held in the same venue for the first time since 2002, and both events move outside Europe for the first time, all the way to southern California. The best players on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour will be there, and defending champions in the singles events are Shingo Kunieda, Jiske Griffioen and David Wagner. ITF Worldwide Coaches Conference by bnp paribas Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final Belgrade, Serbia, 15-17 November Cancun, Mexico, 5-9 November The ITF's biennial gathering of leading experts in coaches' education, player performance and sports science takes place at the Iberostar Cancun resort in association with the Mexican Tennis Federation. It has the theme 'The Long-Term Development of a High Performance Player' and confirmed speakers include Nick Bollettieri, Judy Murray, Sven Groeneveld, Rohan Goetzke, Patrick McEnroe and world-renowned tennis psychologist Jim Loehr. Visit the ITF websites at: 32 ITFWORLD AUTUMN 2013 Defending champions Czech Republic are back in the final, but this time they must travel to Serbia to defend the title they won last year in front of an emotional home crowd. A Novak Djokovic-led Serbian team, gunning for its second Davis Cup title after its breakthrough triumph in 2010, awaits Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek and co in the atmospheric 15,000-seat Belgrade Arena. A treat is in store.

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