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 of Croatia, formed in 2019, became the 42nd IC of the World. Like all clubs around the world, it has been hugely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, but 2020 has also brought other unfortunate and challenging circumstances.
On December 29th 2020, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near Petrinja, Croatia, about 30 miles southeast of the capital of Zagreb. This is the largest earthquake to occur in Croatia since the advent of modern seismic instruments. The epicentre was 4 miles north of Zagreb, 6 miles above the centre of the 5.3-magnitude earthquake, which was followed by a number of smaller tremors.
The quake caused widespread damage, including to the city’s cathedral, and the evacuation of hospitals. Many buildings in the capital cracked and walls and rooftops were damaged. Streets were littered with debris. Concrete slabs fell on cars and chimneys landed in front of building entrances.
We had two parallel crises that contradict each other, the situation was complicated by the virus-related measures. "There are rules for when there is an earthquake, but when there is an earthquake at the same time when there is a global pandemic then it’s a much more complex situation." While social distancing regulations were in place, much of the population were pushed out on the streets together after the earthquake shook the Croatian capital.
Footage showed mothers dressed in nightgowns hugging their newborn babies in a car park in freezing temperatures after a damaged maternity hospital was evacuated. The women and children were moved along with incubators to a new location with the help of the army. The top of one of the two spires of Zagreb’s cathedral collapsed. The structure had been rebuilt after it toppled in an earthquake in 1880. Damage to the parliament building meant sessions would be postponed.
Today, many families are still living in temporary accommodation and the country is still struggling with the aftermath. As an IC Community, we are looking ahead to when Covid measures ease to try to organise an event or fixture with neighbouring ICs and then to participating in future IC weeks. Both will be a momentous occasion given the challenges since the IC was formed. Please do get in touch if you’d be interested in future fixtures of any kind, with IC of Croatia.
President: Predrag Stojcevic Pegi
Honorary Secretary: Silvije Hraste
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