The ILTC of Canada celebrated its 50th year of existence by hosting a team doubles tournament at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club Sept 1-4.
Teams from the International Lawn Tennis Clubs of Austria, Barbados, Germany, Uruguay and USA came to the event. More than 35 Canadian members also played in the competition. Members came from as far as Vancouver and Halifax to participate. Blessed with excellent weather, if a little on the warm side, there was lots of tennis played in a complex schedule that not only gave the opportunity for all the foreign visitors a chance to play morning and afternoon, but also tried to make the matches as balanced as possible. A total of 70 matches were played in two and a half days with three points being awarded for each match. The winning team was determined by average points per match earned as teams had different numbers of players. The Austrian team were the winners and the German team came second.
Although the tennis was the primary reason for the event, the visitors were also treated to a full social schedule with a formal dinner on Wednesday evening, a cruise on the lake on Thursday afternoon and a trip to Niagara Falls and a winery on the last day. All the participants were very appreciative of the excellent and generous hospitality at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, in particular the lunches on the balcony, the special dinner and the courts which were in great shape throughout the event. A great time was had by all!
Pictured here are the Uruguayan team. The ladies on the team Tati Ruiz (crouching) and Fiorella Bonicelli (right) were dominant among the ladies and all the competitors and spectators were amazed at the skill and grace of Fiorella who had won the French Open ladies doubles (with Gail Sheriff) in 1976 and mixed doubles (with Thomaz Koch) in 1975 when she was living in France and competing professionally.
The International Lawn Tennis Club was founded in 1924 by A. Wallis Myers in England. The French Club was the next to be formed in 1929. The aims of the club are nicely captured in their motto, “Hands across the net, friendship across the ocean”. For more information you can check out www.ictennis.net . There are currently clubs in 40 countries. To be eligible for membership, players must have achieved a significant national ranking and have represented their country internationally. More photos of the event can be found at ILTC50photos