Rafael Nadal returns to our cover as we preview the 2014 French Open
Did you know that his uncle Toni used to tell Rafa he had won the Tour de France? This is just one of 100 facts you might not know about the Spaniard as we take a closer look at the world No.1. Plus, we’ve got a spectacular money-can’t-buy prize to give away this issue – find out how you can win a Babolat racket, signed by none other than Rafa himself!
Paul Newman, award-winning tennis correspondent of The Independent, also delves into the intriguing story of Kazakhstan, a country that is blooming as a tennis nation thanks to the passion an investment of billionaire Bulat Utemuratov.
Courtney Nguyen, a freelance writer and regular contributor to Sports Illustrated, looks at Venus Williams’ remarkable story; her battle with a debilitating disease and why retirement is not on the 33-year-old’s mind.
Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta, who climbed an astonishing 590 places in the ATP rankings in 2013 is our Locker Room guest, while we take a look at Monica Puig’s Pica Power in our regular Hot Stuff feature.
In a packed Academy section Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou shares his vision for his new academy outside Nice, while Mats Merkel shares his experience of working with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on his clay game and picks out his players to watch on the clay.
If you're gearing up for a busy summer of tennis, find out how a smart training schedule will help you peak at the right time as we explore the benefits of periodisation with the help of the International Tennis Federation, while we scrutinise Rafael Nadal’s famous forehand before focusing on Eugenie Bouchard’s defensive backhand.
If gear’s your thing, we’ve got all the hottest kit for the clay court season, including the chance to win a Babolat AeroPro Drive RG – the weapon of choice for Nadal this clay court season. We check out the kit that the pros will be wearing at Roland Garros, and chat to Jelena Jankovic about her Prince Red LS 105.
In the second of our series of racket reviews, we test drive all the best rackets for intermediate players, while gear editor Michael Beattie takes a closer look at lead tape – a cheap and easy way to customise your racket.
As well as our stunning gallery featuring exclusive images, we have a behind-the-scenes view of life as a tennis photographer as well as the usual rundown of all the latest results, rankings and statistics from the WTA and ATP Tour.