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.
France’s men’s and Germany’s ladies’ teams are the champions of the 48th Potter Cup and IV Two Presidents’ Cup respectively, after the competitions were held in Barcelona during the weekend of October 21-24, 2021.
35 years on from their last title, France held aloft the trophy after beating Italy 4/3 in a gruelling final that could have gone either way. With France leading 3/2 after the five singles matches, Italy levelled the tie with the first doubles match, a convincing win for Marcelo Charpentier & Lorenzo Pennisi. This set the stage for a deciding doubles match, won by Rodolphe Gilbert & Christophe Gibiard 7-6(3) 6-1 over Roberto Pertosa & Andrea Monti.
Playing at the RC Polo, the two teams had identical paths to the final, dropping just one match in each of their opening two ties. Italy beat Great Britain and Germany in the top half of the draw. Seeded second, France overcame the USA and the hosts and defending champions, Spain.
The IC Spain team eventually finished in fourth place. Captained by Santiago Tintore, it included Jordi Mas, Alex Lopez Moron, Xavier Llucià, Marc Becker, Oriol Molina, Antonio Diaz de las Casas and David Pons.
World Champions Germany arrived as top seeds and favourites to win the ladies’ IV Two Presidents’ Cup title that had been in the hands of the hosts since its first edition in 2018. They eventually won all three of their matches (against Spain B, Great Britain and, in the final, Spain) with a decisive 2/0 score line.
The final produced the match of the tournament, in which Germany’s world #1 of the Over 40s category Manon Kruse was forced to battle hard against Spain’s Gisela Riera before eventually securing a 6-3 5-7 7-6(6) win. Gitte Müller beat Cristina Fontelles for the loss of just one game in the other singles match, securing Germany an insurmountable 2/0 win.
The IC Spain women’s team was rounded off by Eva Bes and Neus Avila, and for its part had beaten Belgium and Italy at the RCT Barcelona-1899, before the ladies’ competition moved to the RC Polo for the finals.
A total of 15 teams – 8 men’s and 7 ladies’ – were in action over the weekend. The official dinner saw the players and captains express their gratitude - for the organisation and for the work carried out by the late IC President, Juan Maria Tintoré. The IC Spain in return thanked the players for showing their commitment to the event.
In line with tradition, the tournament also staged its popular tennis clinic for players with intellectual disabilities from the ACELL Foundation, who took the opportunity to play alongside Potter Cup participants during the on-court session.
In addition to the two hosting clubs, the Potter Cup was 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.
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