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.
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Another good day of tennis with wins for Italy over Uruguay, Japan over South Africa and USA over India. This means two teams remain unbeaten with 2 wins/points each. This is USA and Italy who will meet each other on Wednesday. Japan and Uruguay have one win/point each and will also meet on Wednesday. The other two teams India and South Africa will also play each other so one will get their first win.
The attitude of the juniors on court has been good demonstrating the IC motto of "Hands across the net, friendship across the ocean". The matches have also been strongly contested with the winning teams being pushed to many close matches and tie breaks in order to achieve their results.
There is no question the juniors are getting a great tennis experience playing others from different countries and adapting to a new surface for many of them of artificial grass. By the end of the week they should all have played 5 singles matches and probably five doubles matches which is much more than they would usually get in any regular tournament. These are also all against high quality opponents.
In addition the cultural experience they are having, that the IC of Japan has arranged, is also continuing with a visit to a Buddhist temple complex after their Tuesday matches. The results and draw tables can be seen below. Photos from the days matches can be viewed here
Wednesday’s matches are:
USA v Italy
Uruguay v Japan
India v South Africa
IC junior result 2018_10092018.xlsx
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