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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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July 2024
Victory for the IC of Czech Republic at the IC Jiri Medonos Cup by Deltroit (formerly CQS IC June in Prague)

Victory for the IC of Czech Republic at the IC Jiri Medonos Cup by Deltroit (formerly CQS IC June in Prague)

The IC of the Czech Republic recently hosted an unforgettable event at the prestigious I. Czech Lawn Tennis Club (www.cltk.cz) on Stvanice Island. This year’s tennis tournament brought together distinguished players from ICs of various countries, including the Czech Republic, Spain, Great Britain, and Ireland.

A total of 25 players and special guests participated in the event, highlighting the exceptional talent and camaraderie within the international tennis community. Special guests Jakub Medonos, Marek Medonos (sons of Jiri Medonos) and Peter McQuibban (the Chairman of IC Council) added to the event's prestige.

In the final standings, the Czech Republic triumphed, securing the top position. Great Britain followed in second place, while the international team claimed the third spot. The tournament not only provided a platform for high-level competition but also fostered a spirit of friendship and sportsmanship among participants, embodying the core values of the IC community.

A significant highlight of the event was the ceremony held on Wednesday to honor the memory of Jiri Medonos, the esteemed captain of the Czech team. This tribute set a tone of reverence and respect for the contributions of past members to the sport and the club's rich history.

The celebrations extended beyond the tennis courts with an official IC dinner held near the scenic Vltava River at Sovovy mlýny. This elegant gathering provided an opportunity for attendees to reflect on the tournament’s event.

On Saturday, participants enjoyed sightseeing in Prague’s historic Old Town, immersing themselves in the rich cultural heritage and stunning architecture of the Czech capital. This excursion allowed guests to connect on a personal level formed through the shared interest in tennis.

We would like to also express our sympathy to Helena Sukova, who was the president of the Czech IC for a remarkable 25 years. Her dedicated leadership, vision and commitment have been truly inspiring, leaving an enduring legacy of excellence.

Results:

  • The IC of Czech Republic scored 98 points
  • The IC of Great Britain scored 95 points
  • The International team (made up of representatives from the ICs of Spain and Ireland and Jiri Medonos’s sons) scored 50 points.
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