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.
Date: 6th July 2021
We hope all our IC Members are keeping safe, well and hopefully getting to play some tennis. The health, safety and well-being of members is a priority so unfortunately, we have had to cancel or postpone some events this year. We continue to closely monitor the situation. As of July 2021, the events below are scheduled for the remainder of the year. Most recent changes include the postponement of the Uruguay 40th anniversary event until April 2022, and the postponement of the Potter Cup until October 2021. Unfortunately we have very regrettably, after considerable discussions, cancelled The IC Rod Laver Worldwide Junior Finals. We are planning a Zoom meeting for the finalist teams with Rod Laver and will present them with special “Finalist medals”. Please see the relevant events page for further details.
Robert Abdesselam Trophy, Liege, Belgium - 28 July - 1 August
Potter Cup, Barcelona, Spain - Postponed to 21st - 24th October
SPECIAL NOTE FOR 2022
Uruguay 40th Anniversary Celebratory Event, Punta Del Este, Uruguay 1st - 3rd April 2022
USA IC Week, Washington, Windmill & Mercelis Trophies, La Carreta & Columbus Trophies, Juego de Pelota - 21st - 26th August 2022
CQS IC June Prague, Czech Republic, 8th - 12th June 2022
ADDITIONAL PLANNED 2022 EVENTS (dates to be advised)
IC Rod Laver Junior Challenge Regionals - Various
Potter Cup, Barcelona, Spain
Caribbean Doubles, Bahamas/ Mexico
Other possible planned events to be advised later if confirmed. Please see full Calendar of Events spreadsheet for more information on future events.
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