Welcome to the International Club of Canada
"Hands across the net, friendship across the ocean "

Welcome to the International Club of Canada

Aims of the International Lawn Tennis Club of Canada

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.

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Former IC Junior Challenge champion, wins Junior US Open Girls title

Former IC Junior Challenge champion, wins Junior US Open Girls title

Robin Montgomery who was on the winning USA team in The Tokyo Worldwide Finals of The IC Rod Laver Junior Challenge has  just won both the girls singles and doubles titles at the recent US Open.  This was Robin’s response from a congratulatory email sent on behalf of the IC:

Hi Mr. Spencer, 

Thank you so much for your email! Yes I remember playing at  IC event, it was one of my favorite events to play. Thanks for following my progress since then! 

Also, thank you for the birthday wishes. I am also looking forward for what’s ahead for me in the future on the women’s tour! 

Best wishes, 

Robin Montgomery 

While two remarkable teenagers were in the Ladies Final they were both older than Robin who just turned 17 in September. So hopefully she will be chasing them as she has already started playing on the Women’s main tour.

Robin is a credit, both on and off court,  to The JTCC Academy where she came from ( as did Frances Tiafoe ). Robin’s comments about The IC Rod Laver Junior Challenge echo that of many others who have participated.  It is a competition where the IC Spirit of “Hands across the net, friendship across the ocean” is strongly evident - an ingredient sometimes missing in modern junior tennis competition.

The photos are of Robin holding The US Open Trophy and one in a Kimono from an enjoyable evening at The Worldwide Finals in Tokyo.

The IC wishes Robin all the best for her future in tennis and hope that fond memories from Tokyo will bring her back to more IC Events in the future.

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