Find out here about our history, who we are, and what we are doing in the tennis world.
Our Club was born out of the desire to preserve friendships and promote goodwill between players and countries, upholding the values of sportsmanship and fair play, with Australia’s legendary champions Adrian Quist and Frank Sedgman two of the driving forces.
Frank was President for many years, continues to be involved now as Patron, and also as President of the IC Council internationally. Paul McNamee succeeded Frank as President, then Geoff Masters was at the helm until January 2019, when Kerryn Pratt became the first female President of the ICA.
Our Club brings people together, organising events in Australia and around the world with our 39 worldwide counterparts, providing tennis, travel and social opportunities.
We are an alumni group, former players, teaming up with other significant contributors to tennis here in Australia and overseas to accentuate and build on all the positives the game offers.
As a Club, we are grateful for the opportunities tennis has gifted us and now wish to give back. The IC helps underprivileged young people access tennis, and also assists retiring players transition to life after the tennis tour, with advice, networking and a helping hand.
We hope you enjoy exploring our new website.
The Committee of the IC Of Australia
It was close on the third day after both Mexico and The USA had wins over The Bahamas and Barbados on the first two days. So it was all to play for on day three. Mexico got a good start winning both boys singles but The USA levelled it at 2-2 by winning the two girls singles. In the doubles the Mexican boys again came through meaning the girls doubles was now critical. This time the Mexican girls were able to reverse their two losses in the singles to come through in the doubles giving Mexico a 4-2 victory and a place in The Worldwide Finals at La Jolla, California. This will be 8th - 14th November 2020 where we are hoping Rod Laver will be able to attend. The USA who had fought a good match were disappointed but do have the consolation that as the hosts for The Worldwide Finals they will also have a place in that. These two teams will be joined by the winners of the other regional events which are: Japan, Italy, Argentina and South Africa.
In the match for 3rd and fourth place between Barbados and host Bahamas it was even closer than the match to win this regional event. In Boys singles The Bahamas won both matches followed also by the doubles while in the girls matches Barbados came through in all three matches to level the tie at 3 matches each by winning both singles and doubles. So it was a mixed tie break to decide the winner. The Bahamas went in to a 3-0 lead but Barbados rallied to come back and win to get third place.
During the event an excellent clinic was held for 25 kids who lost their homes in Northern Bahama islands during Hurricane Dorian and are living in temporary accommodation in the main island in Nassau, New Providence. All the juniors and their coaches joined in to help with this under the guidance of Perry Newton head of BLTA Junior Development . The junior players were split in to four groups under the guidance of a main coach with a boy and girl junior from all the different nationality teams in each group. This helped them to mix and get to know each other better too. The hurricane kids were rotated through each group with different drills ending up combining in to two groups for a “tennis contest” on a real court of volleying with soft balls. All the kids were given a small something to take away plus a tennis ball to help continue their interest.
Overall the event went off well and the sportsmanship was good throughout helped by the coaches/captains setting a good example and talking to their teams about this. The IC philosophy of “hands across the net, friendship across the ocean” was well evident and the juniors not only had a great tennis experience but made good friends as the event progressed.
Sportsmanship awards went to Chloe Weeks of Barbados and Denali Nottage of The Bahamas and there were many other deserving candidates.
The two teams of Barbados and Mexico who stayed overnight were taken on a sail boat trip up Nassau Harbour by one of our IC members after matches on the third day. This was followed by “Chinese and Ice Cream cake” at another IC Members home overlooking the dock where the boat is moored. All in good IC spirit of friendship.
Beyond The Tour Launch
Ken Rosewall Regional Project launch, sponsored by CQS
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