The International Tennis Club of Australia - the IC - is Australia’s player alumni.
Our Club was created in 1951 to preserve friendships and promote goodwill between players and countries, upholding values of sportsmanship and fair play, with Australia’s legendary champions Adrian Quist and Frank Sedgman two of the driving forces.
Today, the IC upholds those same values, bringing current and former players together, organising events in Australia and internationally with our 40 worldwide counterparts, keeping the tennis family connected, providing tennis, social opportunities and giving back to the game.
The IC’s purpose is to enrich the lives of former tennis players.
Beyond the Tour is an initiative of the IC Australia, assisting retiring and retired players transition to life after the tennis tour, with advice, practical support, networking and a helping hand.
We also encourage the current player group to think about what life might look like Beyond the Tour.
If you’re a current or former pro player, we hope to see you soon as a Member of the IC, our tennis family.
The IC Business Report is designed to provide the IC Council and all ICs of the World with a yearly update of the club’s members, events and general activities. It allows ICs to share best practices, to learn from each other, and to give feedback to the IC Council. Furthermore, the Council is then able to monitor ‘issues of major concerns and general improvements’ and to ascertain how it can help to improve these.
36 out of 40 ICs (excluding Hong Kong temporarily from the 40 ICs) responded to the survey, which was distributed via Survey Monkey. Two ICs (Austria and Canada) requested that its 2017 data be used, committing to complete the survey at a later date. The two remaining ICs (Bulgaria and Romania) sent brief responses, indicating only the number of members that they each have, and were unable to complete the rest of the Template. It’s really positive to see such high responses and ensures that the information collected is more informative for both the Council and each individual IC.
Each ICs President and Honorary Secretary has already received a copy of its responses and an individual report.
Vis-à-vis to last year’s Business Returns (taking the 37 respondents which completed both years templates), there has been a modest 0.5% net increase in the total number of members (accounting for deceased members). Gender distribution remains fairly stable over the last six years, with 72% male and 28% female members. It can be perceived that we are experiencing an aging effect of our membership, with approximately 65% of the total being ‘senior’ (i.e. over 55 for males and over 50 for females), with only 17% in the ‘younger’ category (i.e. under 45 for males and under 40 for females).
Activity remains stable year-on-year. ICs are expressing an interest to participate in more fixtures, particularly the smaller ICs. There has been a small increase in the % of member participation, however this is still an area that could be improved. This is also a challenge cited by a few ICs.
There are some general consistent areas of concern and request for help cited.
Now in its 95th year, the IC continues to build and broaden members, increase activity, promote the objective of good sportsmanship and to enhance the lives of various disadvantaged young people. We continue to encourage new nations to join and are delighted to see the reinstatement of Hong Kong, making it a total of 41 ICs. There is also the formation of the new IC of Croatia, which has been approved by the Executive Committee per the power bestowed to it by the 2018 AGM. This brings our current total to 42 ICs from all continents.
For any questions or feedback, please email both Gustavo Herrero (Honorary Secretary) and Tash Starling (Website & Communications) at the IC Council:
Download the 2018 report here
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