The IC of Australia has a rich history, created in 1951 by a group of our players and officials including Adrian Quist, Cliff Sproule senior and the great Frank Sedgman, winner of 22 grand slam titles. The aim then was to promote friendship and goodwill between players and countries, and remains that today.
We represent Australia’s tennis alumni, comprising former Davis and Fed Cup players, ATP and WTA world ranked players, Grand Slam competitors and those ranked in Australia’s top 20.
We also welcome a number of associate members who have contributed to tennis in other significant ways. As of late 2018 the ICA is just shy of 150 active members.
The IC aims to reconnect our members with other ex-players at home and internationally, whilst promoting sportsmanship, fairplay and all of the tremendous values that tennis has given us.
We are a network of individuals from many walks of life, all with a common history and a lifelong passion for the great game of tennis.
We hold events around Australia, including our annual tennis day and lunch in Melbourne during the Australian Open, the Gold Coast Challenge and the Hopman Cup function in Perth. These events are expanding all the time, so please keep an eye on the website for updates.
We host visiting IC teams in Australia at least annually and organise our own teams to travel to various locations around the globe each year for tennis and social times with other members of the IC family. Take a look at the photos from our most recent IC trip to France and Luxembourg in the news section.
We also seek to give back to the game. The IC assists underprivileged young people to play tennis through the ‘Ken Rosewall Regional Project’, named for our legendary former Vice President. This is done in conjunction with the IC Council’s philanthropy program and the Kids Tennis Foundation.
We are always looking to build on our good relationship with Tennis Australia, our national federation. Importantly, we appreciate and acknowledge the support from the iconic Melbourne clubs, Kooyong and Royal South Yarra, with whom we enjoy strong bonds. We also aim to assist retiring Australian players as they transition to life after the tennis tour, and indeed reach out to any of our tennis family members in need of advice or support.
In its second half century, the IC Australia is evolving with an emphasis on camaraderie and philanthropy, strengthening the ideals of the ‘Tennis Family’ while remaining true to the traditions of our unique International Club.
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