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 42 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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March 2023
Germany win Wallenberg Trophy

Germany win Wallenberg Trophy

The Amiens Athletic Club greatly appreciated hosting the 22nd edition of the "Wallenberg Trophy" on February 25 and 26, 2023. Despite the withdrawal of the Swedish team, the IC of France were able to put together another competitive team with two members of the International Tennis club of France and two local players.

The four teams (France A, Great Britain, Germany, France B) met around the traditional welcome cocktail. The meeting took place at the AAC, created in 1904, on traditional clay courts. The club is located in the Henriville district, 5 minutes from downtown Amiens.

Very professional and serious teams in their pre-match preparations proceeded to long warm-ups because the temperatures were very cold on the courts. The players had at their disposal a magnificent sports hall. What could be better than a mix of generations as well as a transmission of the IC spirit.

After some tough competition and an unfortunate injury from the French A team in the final, the IC of Germany won the deciding mixed doubles to win the 22nd edition of the Wallenberg trophy! The French A team finished second, Great Britain in third and the French B team in fourth.

The games were of a high standard and everyone had a very pleasant and friendly time on and off the courts. Many thanks to the IC of France, particularly Carla, Bruno and Patrice for hosting a fantastic weekend.

For further information and match results, see the IC of France website here.

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