Welcome to the International Club of Canada
"Hands across the net, friendship across the ocean "
To promote friendship and sportsmanship in tennis between Canada and other countries by hosting tennis events with other IC countries and supporting tennis development in Canada by providing mentorship for young tennis players.
The first meeting of Active Members of the International Lawn Tennis Club of Canada was held at the Albany Club in Toronto on Wednesday, August 11, 1965, at 12.30 p.m. Laird Watt, the first president of the Club, was unable to attend and Gilbert Nunns chaired the meeting. In addition to Gilbert those attending the meeting in person or by proxy were familiar names in Canadian tennis history: Peter Barnard, John Bassett, Bob Barnard, François Godbout, Bruce Harrison, Sydney Hermant, Jim Macken, Harry Marpole and Walter Martin. Don Fontana, captain of the Club, agreed to approach the I.C. of the USA for a match in 1966. There were discussions of a black tie dinner, a match against a touring team from England and plans to participate in I.C. matches in Holland. The Canadian I.C. was up and operating. It had officially received “International Club” recognition just six weeks before, at the annual meeting of the Council of I.C.’s held each year during the fortnight of Wimbledon. It joined thirteen other nations with International Clubs, all existing with a common interest in the game of tennis.
The annual match with the USA Club has been the main regular event of the Club since that time, with matches alternating each year between the Donalda Club and various locations in the USA. The Piping Rock Club on Long Island, The Merion Cricket Club in Philadelphia, The West Side Tennis Club on Long Island. In 1971 the matches were divided in an open event competing for the Proctor Cup and a seniors event for the new Lawrence Baker Trophy. Women’s matches were included in the late 90’s and starting in the year 2000 teams will play for the Carole Graebner Trophy.
There is no doubt that tournaments for the Windmill, Christiane Mercelis, and Columbus Trophies represent the highlights of the I.C. Movement. On these occasions many of the now 34 International Clubs meet in team competition. In these tournaments old friendships across the net and across the nations are renewed, and new ones made. Equally enjoyable are the I.C. Tours where teams of I.C. players tour other countries at the invitation of their I.C.’s, or host visiting teams.
This brief review of the Club’s history would not be complete without an expression of gratitude to the spirit behind the creation of the I.C. Club of Canada, the Late Bruce Harrison and those who have served on the Club’s executive, particularly its presidents: Laird Watt, Walter Martin, John Proctor, Jim Skelton, Frank Mott-Trille, Brian Flood and David Dimmer.
The 48th edition of the Potter Cup, the International Club’s premier team event for senior players, will take place on the clay courts of two of Barcelona’s most prestigious clubs, Real Club de Polo and Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899 from October 21st to October 24th, 2021.
A total of 15 national IC teams — 8 men’s and 7 ladies’ — will be in action. At the Potter Cup’s traditional home, the RC Polo, the men’s tournament once again sees a strong line-up, with teams from IC Belgium, IC France, IC Germany, IC Great Britain, IC Italy, and IC USA alongside defending champions IC Ireland, and the host team, IC Spain.
IC Spain has named a 9-man team, led by Jordi Mas and captained by Santiago Tintoré as they attempt to recapture the title for the first time since 2013. The IC Ireland, defending champion, has signed up with a team led by Ross Niland and also featuring Scott Barron, Stewart Doyle, Tom Hamilton, Alan Donnelly and David King.
The ladies’ competition looks to build on the success of the 2018 inaugural event and will see seven teams in action at the RCT Barcelona-1899, before moving to the RC Polo for the finals.
In the ladies’ event, defending champions IC Spain will be fancied to retain the title, with 2019 team members Eva Bes, Gisela Riera and Neus Avila named to the squad alongside newcomer Cristina Fontelles. They will face tough competition and will face the IC Germany, counting with ITF world’s nº 1 +40 player Manon Kruse.The remaining teams due to take part in what promises to be the most competitive ladies’ event are IC Belgium, IC France, IC Ireland, IC Great Britain and.
The tournament will also stage its now traditional tennis clinic for players with intellectual disabilities from the ACELL Foundation, who will play alongside Potter Cup participants during the popular on-court session.
In addition to the two hosting clubs, the Potter Cup is supported by the Federació Catalana de Tennis, the IC Council, the Ajuntament de Barcelona, the Consell Català de l’Esport and the Real Federación Española de Tenis.
Further details and information can be found in the Potter Cup program here.
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