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.
An exciting day with some extremely close matches that now put an interesting twist on the possible winners.
In the match up between the top seeded Italy and The USA it was a close and in many ways a considerable upset based on ITF Junior rankings. After the singles the it was 3 -1 to USA with the USA winning both girls matches. The result was then decided when the USA girls also came in with a doubles win that their boys also managed later. Congratulations go to the USA on beating an IC Italy team that had all players ranked in the ITF top 200 Juniors.
In what was an even closer match Uruguay eventually came through against Japan. After being 3-1 down in the singles Uruguay rallied to take both girls and boys doubles but only with both going to third set tie breaks. This meant the match would be decided on a mixed doubles which Uruguay won in what is always an exciting and tense match and enjoyable for spectators.
The third match between India and South Africa was two teams who had so far had close matches but unfortunately being on the losing side. The singles matches came through at 2 matches each but only after several going to tie breaks. This meant the doubles could determine the result and indeed it did with South Africa winning both to go 4-2 up and win the tie.
The teams now have the following wins:
USA 3 Uruguay 2 Italy 2 Japan 1 South Africa 1 India 0 - see results table below
If USA win their last two matches then they will be the champions but if they were to lose any both Uruguay and Italy could also be in a position to also possibly win. With USA and Uruguay scheduled to meet on the final Friday the result of the tournament will be almost certainly still be open until after that day’s play. Following on from the days play, the players were treated to a kimono experience where they were dressed up in the traditional kimono by students from Yamano Beauty College. Photos from the days play and the Kimono experience can be viewed here
Italy v Japan
USA v South Africa
Uruguay v India
IC junior result 2018_10102018.xlsx