The CTC competition schedule for 2022 is now available for download:2022 Competition Schedule
CTC Seniors Cumberland
With some outstanding organization, the tournament saw some inspiring matches resulting in an eventual win for the Stockholm club, Salk (pictured).
This was the first senior competition of the summer, and it was great to see the teams back on court and competing in the CTC’s unique friendly atmosphere.
CTC UK-IRELAND COMPETITION
The event involved 4 other clubs, Winchester, Cumberland, Edgbaston Priory and Carrickmines, who made the trip over from Ireland. The competition saw the clubs competing across three age categories, Men’s, and Ladies Open, Men’s and Ladies over 45s and Men’s and Ladies over 55’s.
Fortunately the sun came out in London and all matches were able to be played on Roehampton’s prestigious grass courts. It was a close competition with some great tennis played throughout the day across all levels, with Roehampton eventually able to make use of their home advantage and emerge victorious.
After the tennis, players made use of the other facilities at Roehampton Club with some fun but very competitive games of padel tennis. The day finished up with a 2-course evening meal and social drinks, with Carrickmines providing the evening entertainment with some singing and dancing.
CTC U12 CARRICKMINES CUP
Congratulations go to Cumberland LTC, who won the trophy for the first time, defeating SALK in the final.
The event was fortunate to have wonderful sunshine for the weekend and to be able to fully utilise the beautiful grass courts. Many of the players were getting their first ever experience on grass.
Carrickmines looks forward to hosting the event again next year. Results can be found here.
CTC U14 RCTB-1899 CUP
Under the direction of Marc Visiedo and with Manel Perez as referee the event showcased the values the Association fosters with its mission. The host club raised two teams to complete the draw of six alongside the Cumberland team from London, the RC Polo and the Irish team from Carrickmines. The draw included a second chance for the losers of the first day to join the semifinals again on the Saturday, combining a format of round robin and knock out draw.
A really high standard of play, commitment and camaraderie was on display during the whole weekend. The players and coaches all expressed their gratitude towards the host club and their hopes to compete again in the next edition.
CTC SUPER SENIORS LYON
We started our event with a welcome cocktail and lunch on Friday and ended with a big celebration on Saturday night with our 'Bodega style' club evening, with live music.
The five teams played each other in a round robin format over two days in sunny conditions on our clay courts. There were lots of interesting and fun matches and the atmosphere was great.
A big thank you to all the participating Clubs!
CTC SENIORS VENICE
Saturday’s qualifying matches saw Barcelona prevail over Genoa and Santander over Venice. The day’s play ended with an aperitif on the terrace of the Grand Hotel Excelsior, before a fish dinner at the restaurant "da Valentino" of the Venice Lido.
Sunday’s finals saw Barcelona come out on top in the Spanish derby, despite Santander winning the two Over 35 men’s singles matches. The host club was beaten in to fourth place in the play-off with Genoa.
The players enjoyed two fun days, characterized by a friendly atmosphere and with matches that showed a very high level of tennis. Fortunately for all, the weather was also sunny.
TC Venezia hopes to stage the competition again in the near future.
The final ranking of the tournament was:
1. RC Polo Barcelona
2. RST de La Magdalena
3. TC Genova
4. TC Venezia
CTC SENIORS BERLIN
Although a planned competition between 4 teams from four countries eventually turned into a tournament between two clubs, the weekend was a great success.
Under the motto "The Best are here" the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club from Dublin played against the hosts from Berlin in bright sunshine and above all with lots of fun.
The actual outcome of the tournament took a back seat - Berlin won - much more important was the harmony between the players, whether on the court - the guests also gladly accepted the offer to play on the grass courts - or at the party on Saturday on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the LTTC Rot-Weiß.
In keeping with the CTC's intention to establish contacts and friendships through tennis, all participants experienced a harmonious, unforgettable weekend.
The focus was on having fun playing and celebrating, and since the weather gods played along, the weekend came to a perfect end on Sunday afternoon in the lake right next to the tennis club. Berlin agrees with the Irish comment: "best tournament ever" and we are looking forward to seeing you again.
CTC WINNERS' GROUP ATHENS
The event was returned to the CTC calendar after a two-year break during the pandemic. All participants were excited to return to action in the beautiful facilities of the Athens club and enjoyed the terrific hospitality and great weather that graced the event throughout.
The whole weekend was a display of a superb level of tennis with a number of former professionals taking to the court to represent their teams. On Saturday I. ČLTK Prague beat the B-team of Athens LTC 8:1 and TC Padova defeated the A-team of Athens in a very close encounter.
On the final day, TC Padova beat I.CLTK Prague by the closest of margins 5:4, in which the mixed doubles performance of Padova clinched the victory. As such TC Padova becomes only the third club to become CTC Seniors Trophy champions in its twelve-year history after TC Parioli and I.CLTK Prague.
CTC SENIORS VILLA PRIMROSE
On Friday, after having got acquainted over a lunch at the Club, direction Bordeaux Wine Museum for those willing to learn about, and sample the region’s best-known produce, and tennis practice for the more motivated, who wanted to familiarize themselves with the Villa Primrose’s legendary red clay courts.
The traditional captains’ meeting was held on Friday evening in the Honorary Lounge where new friendships were made and a Champagne toast proclaimed to officially kick off the proceedings. Emblematic Chris Hurst captained the Cumberland Lawn tennis team, KLTK was finely represented by David Holme and Guillaume Bouffard, Villa Primrose’s Treasurer headed the home team (HLTC Leimonias unfortunately had to pull out a couple weeks prior to the event, the Villa Primrose therefore aligned 2 teams).
Unfortunately, the Bordeaux sunshine didn’t come out to play on Saturday, but the rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm, and the matches were very competitive, a few close calls but all in a spirit of fair play.
The first day saw Cumberland win against Primrose 2 (6-3) and Kung Lawn Tennis Club loose to Primrose 1(3-6).
On Saturday evening, for the Gala evening, Villa Primrose’s President Emmanuel Cruse and his wife Virginie welcomed all to a prestigious dinner at their Wine Château in the Medoc. Everyone got dressed up to the nines and direction ‘ Château d’Issan’. We were truly spoiled and had a fantastic wine tasting of some of the property’s most prestigious ‘grands crus. Memories were made and gifts exchanged.
Sunday came around far too quickly and the finals and 3rd place play offs saw a victory (even if marginal 5-4) for the French Hosts and a victory for our Swedish friends against Primrose 2 (7-2) The result was overshadowed by the joyous atmosphere and the convivial Brunch that accompanied the prize giving. After a fond farewell to those having to travel back, some players stayed on to try out the recently completed Padel tennis courts.
Villa Primrose thanks all once again for their participation and good humor. We can’t wait to see everyone again, and also travel to new Clubs to continuing to extend the CTC family ties!
CTC U14 PRAGUE
The aim of the event was to connect the players and clubs, and to foster new tennis friendships. Teams could enjoy not only a great level of matches, but also lunch and dinner in the club restaurant: spaghetti, pizza or hamburger with fries! Added to that was shopping, and a boat trip on Moldau river on Sunday morning.
We hope that the tradition of the tournament will continue in the next years. Thank you to all participants of the event, and hope see you next year in Prague again.
CTC Seniors Barcelona
The team from Villa Primrose in France won the final with a resounding 8/1 opening victory over the team from Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club, London. Earlier the champions beat hosts RC Polo by the slimmest of margins, the 5/4 win taking them through to the final. Polo went on to beat Circolo de Bologna 6/3 to secure third place overall.
All the teams expressed their gratitude for being back on court and their interest to participate in future editions. TC Bologna, Cumberland and Villa Primrose also expressed their interest in hosting future editions of the friendly competition, which will return next year at a venue to be confirmed.
Competition Schedule 2019
The CTC competition schedule for 2019 is now available for download:2019 Competition Schedule
CTC Winners' Group, Geneva
All 4 teams gathered on Friday for the draw and some appetizers, prior to hitting the courts early Saturday morning for the semi-finals. Host team Geneva went head to head with SALK and after very tight singles matches, the score was at a draw 3-3. In the other semi-final, Real Polo gave a solid effort and strong resistance but came up short against the experienced Prague team, which contained several formal professional players. The deal was sealed after the singles (6-0).
After a short lunch break, Geneva and Stockholm returned to the courts for the deciding doubles. Each team took one match and it came down to a rubber in the 35+ mixed doubles. Geneva ended up winning the final match in an electric yet fun atmosphere and both teams enjoyed a long after-match beer on the sunny terrace of TC Genève.
In the evening, all four teams were joined by CTC’s new sponsor Gutzwiller Bank for the official dinner held at TC Genève. It was a fun evening, with great speeches and gifts given out between captains. The added value of the CTC spirit was clearly on display, with the history and traditions of each club and respective countries narrated throughout the evening.
On Sunday, Barcelona and Stockholm competed for third place, while Geneva was given the challenge of trying to finally beat Prague in a CTC final. Out of the six singles matches, half of them went to the deciding champions-tiebreak, with match points saved on two courts. However, Prague took an almost unassailable 4-2 lead before the doubles. In the third spot tie, Stockholm boasted a definitive 5-1 lead after the singles.
Rain came into play after lunch, but the teams were able to play the doubles. Without surprise, even though Geneva fought at its best, Prague was able to take the one doubles match needed to secure another Winners Group victory.
All teams then gathered on the terrace for the prize ceremony under temporary sunshine. CTC Vice-President Petr Simunek and Gutzwiller Bank representative Giuseppe Condello distributed the medals and trophies. Pictures of the winners were taken and all teams bid farewell until the next encounter. The Winners’ Group once again provided the backdrop for a great weekend, with fabulous tennis, exemplary sportsmanship and new friendships made.
CTC U14 PADOVA
The players enjoyed an excellent social program, with team members and coaches sharing mealtimes and tourist trips to the centre of the city.
On court, Villa primrose emerged as champions, winning the final against La Magdalena 4-2. The semi-finals saw Villa Primose beat TC Padova’s B-team 4-2, and La Magdalena beat the host A-team 5-1.
CTC U14 RCTB-1899 Cup
In addition to the hosts and the eventual champions, teams from three other clubs were in action, with squads from Roehampton Club (GBR), Rott-Weiss Berlin (GER) and RC Polo Barcelona (ESP) also taking part.
This eighth edition of the tournament was directed by Marc Visiedo. Centenary Tennis Clubs President Juan María Tintoré, and Pep Costa, member of the RCTB-1899 Board of Directors, were on hand to present the trophies. Mr. Tintoré made a special mention of the delegation from Rott-Weiss Berlin, which was the first club to ever organise a CTC competition in 1998, and of the club in Carrickmines, which hosts a CTC Under 12 event on artificial grass each year.
The players were also able to enjoy a packed social program, and a taste of the sport of Padel at the host club.
CTC Super-Seniors Leimonias
The players were warmly welcomed with an official dinner where the club’s President, Ms. Nanette Farwerck extended a warm welcome to the players, and the Secretary of the Centenary Tennis Clubs on behalf of the CTC President Mr. Juan M. Tintoré extended the organisation’s gratitude to the host club and offered a special drawing by the Olympic artist Mr. Aluma.
Play started on a sunny Saturday morning with the following ties, RCTB 1899 vs. Cumberland and Leimonias vs. Carrickmines. The Club from Barcelona managed to win all eight matches including the mixed doubles, ending the tie with a 8-0 score, while the tie between Carrickmines and Leimonias could not have been any closer with a score of 4-4, with the visiting team eventually on top after counting the sets.
The finals of Sunday saw some very close matches between the club from Ireland and the Barcelona club, with the Spanish team declared the winner by a score of 6-2. The host club ended in third place, with fourth position for Cumberland.
Leimonias took care of every little detail for the visitors including some social tennis, which was appreciated by all the partners. Visitors were able to enjoy local customs, including a musical evening on the canals on Saturady evening.
The prizes were offered by former president of the club, Mr. Willem de Vries, who expressed the club’s gratitude for having the opportunity to participate in CTC events. The weekend was a perfect opportunity to play some good tennis and make new CTC friends, and all the participants expressed their interest in joining future editions.
CTC U12 Carrickmines Cup
The competition was very close with SALK defeating Roehampton in the semifinal and Carrickmines in the final. Both these matches finished 3/3 in matches with SALK winning on games difference and lifting the Carrickmines Cup for the first time.
It was a wonderful weekend of tennis in super sunshine, renewing old friendships!
CTC Seniors Lyon
TC Padova claimed victory after a nail-biting competition, winning 9-8 in the men’s doubles thanks to a decisive super tie break. Lyon had been leading 4-2 after the singles matches, and 6-3 in the final match.
Fitzwilliam beat RST Magdalena for the bronze medal position.
CTC Seniors Athens
The draw gave rise to opening matches between ALTC vs Carrickmines and KLTK vs Genova 1893. At the end of a sunny day with quality tennis, Athens and KLTK were to proceed to the final phase by scores of 5-1 and 6-3 respectively. On the second day, Genova 1893 clinched third place by overcoming Carrickmines (5-2) and the hosts defeated KLTK by the narrowest of margins (5-4). The play definitely kept the audience in suspense until the very end, where victory was earned by the hosts at the match tie-break of the ultimate match, which was a mixed-doubles.
This year’s event was once again testament to the positive values of sport e.g. tennis and brought people together in the spirit of friendship and respect. Everyone agreed it was one of the most interesting and exciting tournaments that had taken place at the host club.
CTC U14 Prague
The resulting match turned out to be very tough, with a 3-3 scoreline after the singles and doubles matches. The Czech team was declared the winner after a score countback.
The weekend was characterised by nice sunny weather, and visits to the Žižkovská tower and prestigious Kogo restaurant, which made for a pleasant atmosphere and an enjoyable stay for the Irish team in Prague. The organizing club expressed the hope that after a date change in 2020, more teams will attend the next edition of the competition.
CTC Seniors Le Tir
With poor weather forecasts in the days leading up to the tournament, the decision was taken to play the entire competition – semi-finals and finals - on the Saturday. The day started with Paris vs. Berlin and London vs. Barcelona. All teams started playing under the rain as it was slight and forecast to stop before long...but unfortunately it rained persistently and the playing conditions were not pleasant.
The English and Spanish players agreed to continue playing under the rain as it should stop within 30 minutes, and as they were on artificial clay courts which were more acceptable and not dangerous due to sliding.
The two Over 45 games between Paris and Berlin were played to completion outside, while the rest of both teams went to play the rest of the match on covered courts outside LE TIR. At 2pm, Paris won against Berlin 6/3 (after starting the 3 doubles at equal score of 3/3). By this time, the rain finally stopped, and all teams could play the finals outside at LE TIR.
The finals commenced at 3pm: Barcelona vs. Le Tir, and London vs. Berlin, with 3 courts for each game and a reduced playing format (2 sets of 4 games and super tiebreak in the 3rd set). Both finals were very balanced and ended with a final and decisive doubles match. Paris won against Barcelona 5/4, with an Over 35 player saving match points. London won against Berlin, also 5/4. Fortunately, at Le Tir while there are no covered courts, there are floodlights. The atmosphere with tight final matches under the lights and in the night made the end of this tournament even more special, after having started under the rain in the morning. The silver lining to the outcome was that everyone was more than happy to have a shower and enjoy a very warm cocktail and friendly dinner at LE TIR.
On Sunday, a brunch was offered to all the teams, who came back to enjoy Le Tirs’s facilities. The sun was back again, so some went swimming in the outside pool, or playing tennis or having massages … or going to the Louis Vuitton Foundation museum that is just a few meters from the club.
The conclusion is that despite very bad weather conditions we can always enjoy playing tennis, so long a good team spirit and happiness to meet other teams by traveling are there. A warm thank you to the CTC organisation for giving us the opportunity to play senior team events like these ones.
CTC WINNERS' GROUP, PRAGUE
Many good matches were played in a friendly spirit, and the four captains Mrs. Anna Nordlander, Mr. Murrough O’Brien, Mr. Antti Tallgren, Mr. Frantisek Stejskal Jr., expressed their gratitude to the organisers and to Mr. Petr Simunek, a member of the I. CLTK board and CTC vice-president.
Saturday saw two decisive semi-finals played, as I.CLTK beat Malahide (9/0), and KLTK overcame Leimonias (7/2). Following the matches, the participants enjoyed a boat trip and dinner at the club restaurant as part of the social programme. On the Sunday, the participants had the chance to meet with Mrs. Helena Sukova, the former Czech world #3, who was inducted into the International Hall of Fame of ITF this year!
Mrs. Sukova no doubt inspired her local team, who edged to victory in a close final match, beating KLTK from Stockholm 5/4, while HLTC Leimonias claimed third place with a win over Malahide.
CTC Super Seniors Carrickmines
Carrickmines are very grateful for the manner in which all the players and supporters engaged with the fixture and made it such a fun event. The feedback from our visitors was uniformly positive and our guests experienced an outstanding Carrickmines welcome from one and all. Everyone also enjoyed a grass court tennis weekend and especially the trueness and quality of the courts.
Well done to the hosts, the Carrickmines team on winning the tournament! Having come very close last year in Barcelona, it was terrific to win the trophy on home turf. While winning is not the primary aspect of the CTC philosophy, the tennis standard is generally very high and serious.
Carrickmines look forward to defending the trophy in 2019.
CTC Seniors Berlin
Glorious sunshine and a remarkable atmosphere of friendship characterized the event. The welcome dinner on Friday and the Gala Dinner on Saturday gave the players the opportunity to become aquainted and gave rise to intensive talks about tennis and much more. Two days of excellent tennis matches provided enough time to establish new friendships, investigate the night life of Berlin and even to take a bath in the lake which belongs to the club.
The event began with TC Geneve competing against RST La Magdalena. The teams were inseparable and a mixed doubles had to decide the winner when the tie reached 4-4. TC Geneve eventually claimed the win. The next match saw Carrickmines and Rot-Weiß face off, with the host club winning 7:2.
The tournament winner was therefore decided between TC Geneve and Rot-Weiß, with both teams showing a great level of play. Even former professional players were activated for that match on both sides. Finally TC Geneve was the winner by a score of 5:4.
All in all, the competition was a great success. The participants enjoyed the international experience and the really friendly atmosphere.
CTC SENIORS VILLA PRIMROSE
The autumnal sunshine added to the good humour that prevailed, even though the competitive fibre could be felt at times.
The team from Le TIR was captained by Patrice Galtier and the Catalan delegation by Javier Moreno.
On Friday evening the Captain’s meeting was followed by a welcome cocktail for players, guests and over 100 members of the host Club.
This was also the occasion for Alain Moreau, President of the ‘Nouvelle Aquitaine region’ tennis committee and Vice President of the French Tennis Federation, to award the Villa Primrose with their official French Open ‘Roland Garros’ label of excellence.
Saturday’s matches on the red clay courts of the Villa pitted RC Polo against the Villa Primrose’s first team, and Le Tir against Primrose’s second team. This first day of play ended in victories for RC Polo and Villa Primrose’s second team.
Sunday therefore saw RC Polo meet Primrose’s second team and Primrose N°1 team against Le Tir in the third place play-off.
The official Gala Dinner was held in the Club's honorary lounge on Saturday evening; speeches were given, thanks were made, and numerous presents exchanged. The local good food and Bordeaux wine didn’t however deter the Spaniards, who won the final 7-2 the next day.
The prize giving was held on Sunday in the club’s grounds, followed by a brunch and friendly farewells, and also the promise to meet again soon for a re-match!
CTC Seniors SALK
The tournament was played indoors at Salkhallen, which is one of the largest indoor facilities in the world with its 14 indoor hard courts. Many high-class matches were played, always with great spirit and sportsmanship between the players.
The event could honestly have been conquered by any team, but was finally won by the hosts, who took advantage of the rather fast indoor courts. On the Italian clay the outcome would most certainly have been different and in the precious art of doubles the Irish were the most successful team.
In Sunday´s final SALK defeated Tennis Club Genova 6-3, while Fitzwilliam won by the same score line against a second home team.
CTC Seniors, Athens
Sadly, the weekend was hit by unseasonal heavy rains, and the competition was cut short. The players were able to get some brief practice time, but it was not possible to complete the event. A lack of on-court time meant that the visitors were able to take full advantage of the social programme that had been prepared by the hosts, ensuring that on this occasion at least, the bonds of friendship at this CTC event were forged over dinner rather than across the net.
CTC U14 RCTB 1899 Cup
The competition was held over three days, from 3 – 5 September, and on this occasion the host club was able to reclaim the title won by I.CLTK Prague for the last two years. In the final, RCTB 1899 beat neighbouring Barcelona club RC Polo 4-2.
Mr. Juan Maria Tintore, President of the Centenary Tennis Clubs Association and Honorary President of the RCTB 1899 was on hand to present the trophy to the wining team and the corresponding medals to the finalists. The participants were unanimous in expressing their gratitude to the host club and to the organizer and referee of the Tournament, Mr. Marc Visiedo.
CTC U14 PRAGUE
On Friday a match was played between I.CLTK and RC Polo, which the hosts won 6/0. On Saturday more friendly matches took place, followed by a boat trip, a short city visit and dinner at the club restaurant. On a rainy final day, the children from Polo trained indoor, a usual thing for the hosting players, but a little bit extraordinary for the youngsters players from southern countries.
CTC U12 CARRICKMINES CUP
A total of eight teams took part in the competition, including 6 from overseas and 2 teams from the home club. This is a very significant event in the Carrickmines club calendar and is the largest annual CTC competition held by any club.
Congratulations to the I.Cesky Club from Prague, who were victorious this year, beating Carrickmines in a closely fought final. The other participating teams were SALK (Stockholm), RCTB 1899 and the Real Club de Polo (both Barcelona), Cumberland (London) and Santander.
In keeping with the ethos of the CTC competition, it was a weekend of high quality tennis but also of hospitality and friendship.
Thanks to all members who hosted the guests and also to all who helped out on the catering side, including Carrickmines’ BBQ chef, who flipped and cooked 100 burgers on the Friday evening!
All of the players enjoyed the weekend and for many of them this is their first “international tennis experience”. Many of the juniors will develop into serious players, indeed most of the current Ireland Davis and Fed Cup teams began their international tennis journeys with this competition.
2017 CTC Winners Group, Athens
The first day of tennis saw Club de Polo de Barcelona tied against Tennis Club de Genève and I. Cesky Lawn-tennis Klub Praha competed against Athens LTC. Αt the end of a long day, the team from Prague advanced to the finals with relative ease where they would confront Tennis Club de Genève, who battled the team from Club de Polo de Barcelona in a thrilling deciding mixed doubles rubber. In the evening Athens LTC held an official dinner in honour of the guests which occurred simultaneously with the Autumn party forming a convivial atmosphere with a view of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Parthenon in the background. The event was attended by CTC Vice President and representative of I.CLTK Petr Simunek, Athens LTC President Ioannis Hadjiprodromou and Athens LTC Board Member & CTC Representative Evangelos Soupionas.
The joyful atmosphere carried into finals day where absorbing shot-making by both teams was witnessed and celebrated. I. Cesky Lawn-tennis Klub Praha managed to secure a better start and comfortably led Tennis Club de Genève by 4 - 2 rubbers. Soon after, the team representing Tennis Club de Genève was forced to abandon the tie to catch their flight home. The defending champions from Prague once again proved their might and emerged victorious for a second time in a row. Third and fourth places went to Club de Polo de Barcelona and Athens LTC, respectively.
CTC Super Seniors RC Polo
The weekend saw two very tight semifinals between the RCTB 1899 and Leimonias, with the local club claiming the win by 4 points to 2. The vsitors from Dublin got a win over the host Club after some very close matches and a countdown on sets.
In the finals the RCTB 1899 scored a win over the Irish by 4 points to 2, leaving the host club in third place and the team from the Netherlands in fourth position.
The President of the Centenary Tennis Clubs Association, Mr Juan Mª Tintoré attended the Saturday night official dinner, where all the teams enjoyed a meal and good night together in the Club. All the players expressed their support to this new event and encouraged the Association to keep the ball rolling to organize further editions of this new format within CTC.
CTC SENIORS LEIMONIAS
The weekend started magnificently with a practice session and a reception to welcome the visiting players to the grounds on a sunny, late summer Friday afternoon. The hosts encouraged all the visitors to spend a night in the town (or at one of the nearby beach clubs), in the vain hope that they might start the matches Saturday a little less sharp and fresh.
This clearly wasn’t the case, as Saturday morning all the teams made a quick and serious impression. Leimonias managed to battle its way past Rot-Weiss from Berlin (6-3), whilst on the other courts Fitzwilliam from Dublin narrowly beat an impressive CTC debut making CT Bologna (5-4), the last 45+ mixed doubles making the difference. Afterwards there was an extremely enjoyable Saturday evening dinner together at the club, excellently catered by the Leimonias chef Fabian and his crew. Followed by a (not too late) night on the town – for a small selection of the players. The evening went in a great atmosphere with friendship and laughs between all four teams.
Sunday the hosts Leimonias played Fitzwilliam in the final, while Rot-Weiss took on Bologna for the third spot. On another beautiful sunny day Leimonias quickly built a lead in the final, winning most of the men’s and women’s singles matches. After another hearty lunch, Rot-Weiss won the encounter with Bologna to take the third spot. And Leimonias was able to deal the decisive blow with a few strong performances in the doubles. Meaning that, for the first time in its history, Leimonias had finally managed to win a CTC-tournament!
Warmest thank yous to the participants, CTC organization and sponsor EFG International for making this event possible.
1) HLTC Leimonias (The Hague)
2) Fitzwilliam (Dublin)
3) Rot Weiss Berlin
4) Circolo Tennis Bologna
Michiel Boots and Antti Tallgren
CTC Seniors Malahide
The Le Tir players were welcomed with Cheese & Wine in the Club on Friday evening, with play starting on Saturday morning.
The doubles came first with Malahide managing to win all 3 matches including the O45 Mixed Doubles on a scoreline of 7-6, 6-7 (10-8)which could not have been any closer. The Home team came out on top in the singles in the afternoon also.
Saturday night saw a very enjoyable night with both teams enjoying a meal and good night together in the Club. It was the first time that any of the Le Tir players had visited Ireland.
Great for two Clubs who had not played each other previously to meet, play some good tennis and make new CTC friends.
CTC Seniors Wiener Park
Following the unfortunate withdrawal of the Edgbaston Priory, the organizers changed the open draw format into a round robin, which gave all of the participating clubs the opportunity to play against each other. Despite an unfavorable weather forecast, all matches were carried out.
The ties turned out to be very close, and finished up with Kung LTK of Sweden in first position and therefore advancing to take part in next year‘s Winners Group.
The results were: Wiener Park Club d. KLTK 5/4, KLTK d. Carrickmines 9/0 and Wiener Park Club d. Carrickmines 6/3.
All the teams gathered together on Saturday evening at the same club where a typical Austrian buffet was offered and the participants enjoyed a social evening. The two days were a great showcase of sportsmanship with all the participants already committing to take part in next year‘s competitions.
CTC U16 Edgbaston
All of the teams really enjoyed the weekend and especially the competition, which was played in a format of two boys and two girls on each of the teams playing two boys’ singles, two girls’ singles and two doubles matches respectively.
In the first tie the team from Dublin got a win over the Barcelona juniors and the host team also showed some better tennis scoring a 6/0 win overall. In the final tie, the host team defeated Fitzwilliam by 5 matches to 1.
Edgbaston has already announced their intention to host the competition once again next year.
CTC U14 RCTB-1899 Cup
I.CLTK Prague has defended the RCTB-1899 Cup title after a weekend of high quality competition held at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899 from 25-27 August.
The host club and defending champions were joined by Under 14 teams from Carrickmines (Dublin), Roehampton (London) and the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona. The final saw the Czech team score a one-sided victory over Roehampton, winning 6-0 with victories in both boys’ singles, girls’ singles and the two doubles matches.
The Roehampton Club players leave Barcelona with silver medals, while Carrickmines finished in third position, beating RC Polo into fourth place ahead of the host club.
The tournament was followed by a presentation ceremony at which all teams and players received medals from Centenary Tennis Clubs secretary Berta Tintoré and Marc Visiedo, the Club’s Head of Competition and tournament referee.
CTC U14 ICLTK Cup
The competition was organized with a knock-out draw, enabling Carrickmines to reach the semi-finals by defeating the British team on the opening day. On the other side of the draw the Swedish team got a victory over the Spanish team of the RC Polo. The other matches saw the Cumberland playing against KLTK and the host team playing against the Irish. On the afternoon of the Saturday, the host team played the Swedish visitors and was able to defend the CTC U 14 I CLTK Prague title.
The official dinner was attended by all the teams, who expressed their gratitude to the Tournament Director, Mr. Jan Pecha, and also by the CTC Secretary, Berta Tintore who recognized the Clubs General Manager, Mr. Savdra, with a specially engraved plaque in honour of the 10th edition of the Competition.
1 I CLTK Prague
2. Kung LTK
5. RC Polo
CTC U12 Carrickmines Cup
The Cup was retained by Carrickmines, after tight matches against 1.Cesky (Prague) and SALK (Stockholm). SALK edged out 1.Cesky for 2nd place on a set count back having finished even on points. It was the third time the Carrickmines won the tournament.
The RCT Club 1899 edged out a tight victory for the plate defeating neighbours, the Polo Club, from Barcelona to win the shield.
Again we were fortunate to have wonderful sunshine for the weekend and to get full use out of the grass courts. Many of the players getting their first ever experience on grass.
Carrickmines looks forward to hosting the 2018 event!!!
CTC Winners' Group
The weekend of September 23-25 saw the five group winners of last year’s Centenary Tennis Clubs competitions gather at Tennis Club Genève in Switzerland to play the Association’s flagship Winner’s Group competition.
Joining the host club in action were teams from I.CLTK Prague (CZE), Kungl Lawn Tennis Klubben (SWE), Le Tir Paris (FRA), with defending champions TC Parioli Rome (ITA) and runner-up Villa Primrose Bordeaux (FRA) also invited.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances TC Parioli Rome was not able to attend, which led to some adjustments to the tournament schedule. In order to ensure that the five remaining teams each had at least two matches in the three-day event, qualifying rounds between I.CLTK and Le Tir and Kungl LTK & Villa Primrose were held. The Czech and Swedish clubs advanced from their respective ties and joined TC Genève in the main draw, which was played in a round robin format, allowing Le Tir and Villa Primrose to battle for fourth and fifth place overall.
The final of the event was a battle between I.CLTK and their Swiss hosts. With two suitably strong teams – the Czech line-up included former top professionals Jan Vacek and Iva Budarova Simunkova, while TC Genève counted upon the experience of players such as Anthony Dupuis, Christelle Fauche and Susanna Villaverde – it was no surprise to see the final go the wire. The Czech team eventually edged to victory by a margin of 5/4.
The final day saw an on-court prize giving ceremony, at which CTC President Juan-Maria Tintoré was on hand to offer the Cup to the winners I.CLTK, and medals to the participants. As always, the competition had an important social aspect, with an official dinner on the Saturday night at the host club, where the players exchanged gifts and souvenirs. The dinner was also attended by the CTC President and representatives from the Association’s main partner, private bank EFG International.Final Standings:
1. CLTK Prague
2. TC Genève
3. KLTK Stockholm
4. Primrose Bordeaux
5. Le Tir Paris
ICLTK Prague beat le Tir Paris 7:0
Kung LTK Stockholm beat Villa Primrose Bordeaux 5:4
Villa Primrose Bordeaux beat Le Tir Paris 8:1
ICLTK Prague beat Kung LTK Stockholm 7:1
TC Genève beat Kung LTK Stockholm 7:1
I CLTK Prague beat TC Genève 5:4
CTC Seniors La Magdalena
Real Sociedad de Tenis La Magdalena hosted three teams - Carrickmines, Cumberland and RCTB 1899 - for three wonderful days of tennis and entertainment during the weekend of September 9 to 11.
The weather was also supportive of the event and enabled all matches to be played outdoors. The four teams were evenly matched throughout the tournament, and the host team eventually emerged as triumphant team.
On the social side of the competition, the players had the pleasure of enjoying a tour in a zodiac to visit the Puntal Beach. The official dinner was attended by the President of the CTC, Mr. Juan Mª Tintore.
CTC SENIORS ODENSE
The calm and relaxing environment of Tennis Club Odense was the location of a Centenary Tennis Clubs Association group competition during the weekend of September 10-11, 2016.
The competition saw only two participants – TC Padova from Italy and the hosting club. Unfortunately, two other teams, one from Ireland and one from The Netherlands withdrew some days before the matches.
The event for CTC member clubs, each of which has more than a hundred years of tradition, includes senior players aged 35+ and 45+ in both men’s and ladies’ categories.
The action saw former finalist TC Padova score a good win over the Tennis Club Odense 7-2, losing just one women’s 35+ singles and a mixed double 35+ match.
The social side of the competition also included an official dinner at the Club where the Tennis Club Odense staff prepared a lovely meal with several courses and offered Italian wine as a welcome gesture.
The atmosphere was perfect for a mixing of culture and a real interchange among all the players and their teams.
CTC SENIORS ATHENS
As an actively involved member of the Association of Centenary Tennis Clubs (CTC) and in the spirit of nurturing fair play and developing the social and cultural aspect that links itself with the sport of tennis, the Athens Lawn Tennis Club organised a weekend of CTC Seniors competition during 23-25 September 2016. Four teams of senior players aged 35+ and 45+ in both men’s and ladies categories competed for the honour of winning first prize. Participating CTC member clubs were LTTC Rot-Weiss from Berlin, Allmänna Lawntennis Klubb from Stockholm, Lawn Tennis Club Leimonias from The Hague and the host team.
The teams drawn to initially compete against each other during the first leg of nine rubbers were Lawn Tennis Club Leimonias against Rot-Weiss and Allmänna Lawntennis Klubb against Athens Lawn Tennis Club. Glorious weather and a good level of play made for an exciting first day. The host team narrowly beat Allmänna Lawntennis Klubb, while Lawn Tennis Club Leimonias had a slightly easier path for the following day’s final against Rot-Weiss. The winner would eventually be decided between the hosts and Lawn Tennis Club Leimonias. On a another sunny day, the team from Athens won the tournament in front of a home crowd, while Allmänna Lawntennis Klubb secured third place.
On the social side of the competition, welcome drinks were arranged at the club upon arrival of all teams and the members of each team got the chance to meet each other while the team captains revised the event schedule, bearing in mind the visitors’ needs to visit the historic centre of Athens and nearby landmarks such as the Parthenon and the Acropolis museum. On the Sunday and final night of the event, the official dinner was hosted at the club’s restaurant with team captains congratulating each other and exchanging gifts while having the opportunity to taste local produce. The casual and friendly atmosphere added to a great evening and closed a successful event, one all team members agreed to take place again and that is testament to the positive role and impact put forth by the Association of Centenary Tennis Clubs.
CTC Delhi Gymkhana Inter-Club Tournament
Eight teams took part in the competition, which was started to celebrate the invitation of the club to join the Centenary Tennis Clubs (CTC) Association. On this occasion, the host Club and defending champion since 2014 was joined by a B team from the same club, Calcutta South Club, Mayo Hall Sports Complex Allahabad, International Lawn Tennis Club of India A&B teams, Chelmsford Club and Vasant Vihar Club, all of whom were battling to win the Centenary Tennis Clubs Trophy.
The competition saw matches in both men’s and ladies’ categories Over 45 and Over 55, and was played on the club’s 26 enviable and immaculate grass courts, venue for the Nationals and the Asian Lawn Tennis Championships in the mid-fifties.
All participants respected the tennis dress code required by the Club including white collar t-shirt, white socks and white shoes without heavy grooves. An extremely attractive invitation to other Centenary Tennis Clubs around the globe was extended well in time, but sadly was not taken up on this occasion by the international teams. However, the absence of overseas clubs did not deter the organisers from going ahead with the tournament and the three-day event was a resounding success. The President of All India Tennis Association and current Vice President of the International Tennis Federation, Mr. Anil Khanna, congratulated the organizers for their support in the promotion of tennis. The Tournament will henceforth be a part of the yearly calendar of events of the sports activity of the DGC.
The International Lawn Tennis Club of India, was the eventual champion, lifting the Centenary Tennis Clubs Trophy. The final was well contested and in a cliff hanger contest they triumphed over the Delhi Gymkhana Club. The plate event was won by the South Club Kolkatta, winners of the inaugural tournament held in 2013.
The 2017 tournament for 2017 is planned for the month of February, and exact dates will be announced by October 2016.
CTC Asia Tournament, Yokohama
The Yokohama International Tennis Community teamed up with the Tokyo Lawn Tennis Club and the Ashiya International Lawn Tennis Club to present a combined squad from the host nation. Facing them were overseas visitors from the Royal Leopold Club of Belgium and the LTTC Rot Weiss Berlin, Germany.
All of the visitors were overwhelmed by the kindness and hospitality of the organizers during the event and its lively social program, and are already looking forward to attending the 3rd edition of the tournament, which is scheduled to be held in 2019.
With a final record of 5 wins and 3 losses in the round-robin event, the tournament was won by the host team, who edged Royal Leopold Club into second place.
CTC South America Competition
The third edition of the Centenary Tennis Clubs Association’s South American competition was held during the weekend of 29-30 October. With an excellent vibe – not just for the camaraderie between the players of the various teams, but also due to the excellent weather that blessed the event – the hosting Tennis Club Argentino managed to capture the prestigious trophy for the first time.
The weekend proved to be a great success as teams from Nautico San Isidro, Santa Fe Lawn Tennis Club and Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club joined the hosts for a high-quality doubles tournament that was lit up by the enthusiasm that the players brought to the courts.
CTC U16 Rot-Weiss Berlin Cup
Four CTC teams competed at the 2016 U16 Rot-Weiss Cup in Berlin during the weekend of 23-24 July. Fitzwilliam was the winning club, with the team from RCT Barcelona-1899 finishing as runners-up.Results
CTC U14 RCTB-1899 Cup
The Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899 hosted the RCTB 1899 Cup during the weekend of 26-27 August. The tournament is for Centenary Tennis Clubs Association juniors aged under 14.
Four teams have taken part on this occasion, with the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona, the Irish team Carrickmines and the I.CLTK Prague team joining the host Club.
All teams have been able to play against each other in a round robin format and the eventual winner was the I.CLTK from Prague, after scoring a total of 15 wins. The host Club was the runner-up with 12 wins, followed by the Real Club de Polo (6) and Carrickmines in fourth place (3).
The Vice President of the RCTB 1899, Mr Ignacio Soler Cabot attended the prize giving ceremony, offering the Trophy to the captain of the wining team and a medal of the Centenary Tennis Clubs Association to all the participants. He was also able to take advantage of the opportunity to encourage players to persist on their dream of enjoying the game of tennis.
CTC U14 I. CLTK Cup
The ninth edition of the CTC U14 I.CLTK Cup took place during the weekend of September 30 - October 2, 2016. A total of six teams were in action; Carrickmines from Dublin, Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899, Kung LTK from Sweden, Real Club de Polo from Barcelona and two teams from the host Club, I. CLTK Prague.
The competition was organized in two groups of three teams playing a round robin format. The teams from the host club proved to be very successful; the A team proved to be the eventual winners of the competition, scoring a 4/2 win over their Swedish opposition. The B-team claimed third place, with a similar scoreline over RCT Barcelona.
I CLTK later confirmed that they will also host the 10th edition of the tournament, in 2017.Results
RCTB - Carrickmines 4/2
I.ČLTK A - RCTB 6/0
I.ČLTK A - Carrickmines 6/0
KLTK - Polo 6/0
I.ČLTK B - Polo 6/0
KLTK - I.ČLTK B 3/3 (winner KLTK)
1st place match I.ČLTK A - KLTK 4/2
3rd place match I.ČLTK B - RCTB 4/2
5th place match Carrickmines - Polo 3/3 (winner Carrickmines)
CTC U12 Carrickmines Cup
Six visiting overseas teams and two teams from the host club, Carrickmines played a first round of matches to determine who played for the Cup, (the winning teams), and who played for the plate, (the Runners up) at the 10th edition of the Carrickmines Cup Under 12 competition.
The 10th Carrickmines Cup was eventually won by Carrickmines, after an absorbing final match against 1.Cesky from Prague. It was only the second time the Dublin Club won the tournament with the Czechs winning an incredible eight times!!
The Polo Club from Barcelona won the Plate. They were unlucky to lose out to Cumberland in the first round, on a games countback after the tie was split at 3 matches all.
It was fortunate to have wonderful sunshine all weekend and to get full use out of the grass courts. Many of the players getting their first ever experience on grass.
It was great to have SALK from Stockholm for the first time and to welcome back old friends, many who have appeared every year since the inaugural competition in 2007.
Photos: (1) Winners Carrickmines Alannah Wilkinson, Rachel McCrum, Charlie O’Kelly (Coach), Zack Murphy & Johnny Wilkinson
(2) Alan Bradley, representing the CTC on behalf of Juan Maria Tintore, presenting a special plaque to Hugh Brennan, President of Carrickmines, (3) Play
CTC WINNERS' GROUP
The competition saw the four area group winners – TC Parioli from Rome, TC Padova, Villa Primrose from Bordeaux and RCTB 1899 from Barcelona – come together to battle for the title of winner’s group CTC champion. The event for CTC member clubs, each of which has more than a hundred years of tradition, includes senior players aged 35+ and 45+ in both men’s and ladies categories respectively.
in the semifinals, defending champions TC Parioli scored a good win over the RCTB 1899, losing just a men’s 35+ singles match. Villa Primrose showed great superiority over TC Padova in the 35+ category for men and ladies, achieving an overall win of 6-3 and reaching the finals despite having one less player in the 45+ category.
Sunday’s final between TC Parioli and Villa Primrose started with some outstanding singles on the 35+ category where Xavier Pujo scored an impressive win over Michele Bassi (Italian 1994 C3 and C4 champion) and Laurent Gabail repeated the feat over Gabriele Cierco. The men’s 45+ matches saw TC Parioli level things up as former ATP #523 Ugo Biaganti scored a win over Jean Louis Vicard before the concession of the second men 45+ singles by Villa Primrose due to an injury led the tie to the doubles.
At 3-all in points the overall competition was decided in the closest possible way; a mixed doubles tie break, where eventually Ugo Biaganti & Daniela Cigna (former WTA #590) got the win over Xavier Pujo & Benedicte Le Brozec to retain the title for TC Parioli, with an eventual final score of 5 matches to 4.
TC Padova beat RCT Barcelona-1899 6-3 in the third place play-off match.
The social side of the competition included also an official dinner at the Club where the teams expressed their gratitude to the CT Llafranc and to the CTC President Juan Mª Tintore.
CTC U14 RCTB-1899 Cup
The winner of this year’s edition was the team of Prague, who won all of their ties throughout the weekend. This is the third victory overall for the Club from Czech Republic; also the winner of the first two editions.
Following tradition, the social side of the competition included some bowling and a visit to the FC Barcelona Museum. The President of the Centenary Tennis Clubs Association and Honorary President of the RCTB 1899, Mr. Juan Mª Tintore, attended the prize giving ceremony.
CTC U12 Carrickmines Cup
The 1.Cesky team from Prague, won the tournament for the eight time! A remarkable achievement. Their only defeat was in 2014 at the hands of their hosts, Carrickmines.
The following clubs are participated in this year’s tournament.
Cumberland LTC (London)
Real Club de Polo (Barcelona)
RC Magalina (Santander)
All Clubs played three matches each. 1.Cesky recaptured the Cup after defeating Carrickmines in a close final winning both doubles, after the scores were halved in the singles (2/2).
Roehampton on their first visit to Dublin won the Shield. Congratulations to all the competitors, coaches and parents who made the weekend such a memorable occasion.
Photos: 1.Cesky team pictured with the Cup in the Carrickmines sunset, the Roehampton team who won the shield on their first visit to Dublin pictured with NPC Danny Sitton.
CTC U16 LTTC Rot-Weiss Berlin Cup
Winner: LTTC Rot Weiss Berlin
Runner up: Real club de Tenis Barcelona 1899
CTC U16 Fitzwilliam Cup
Friday saw the start of the event and start of the singles matches (best of three sets, championship tie break at one set all). After the teams arrived and enjoyed a fantastic lunch it was straight down to the courts to get warmed up. The weather was brilliant and supported some well-matched singles, each match offering some fantastic points and well skilled players. By the end of the afternoon the Fitzwilliam Team had opened up a lead after both the girls and boys had won all of their matches against both number one and two seeds from each country. The Kung. Lawn Tennis Klubben team closely followed by taking two sets from Cumberland in both girls and boys singles. Notable matches included a valiant effort from Jasmine Dedakia (Cumberland) against Sofie (Sweden), narrowly losing out after a deciding championship tie break and the incredible level set by Rohan (Ireland) and Gustav (Seeden), again finishing in a deciding championship tie break. Both the Irish number 1 girl and boy dominated in their singles matches.
After a long day for all the visiting teams using both the new Acrylic and Clay tennis courts, everyone settled down to enjoy a BBQ together on the veranda at the top of the club before making their way back to their hotel.
When Saturday came Fitzwilliam had opened up an 8-4-0 over the Kung. Lawn Tennis Klubben and Cumberland teams respectively. Both teams hoping to claw back some rubbers in the doubles. Teams played full best of three set matches.
The doubles matches saw the Kung. Lawn Tennis Klubben boys come out firing taking a 6/4 6/3 scalp over the Fitzwilliam boys pair, even though the Irish boys utilised some 'Bryan brothers' tactics with 'chest bump' celebrations, they couldn't hold out! The girl’s doubles saw a tough match between Kung. Lawn Tennis Klubben and Fitzwilliam pairs with the Irish girls keeping their form from the previous day, although the Cumberland pair were downed by both teams playing with great effort considering their opponents abilities.
Moving on to mixed doubles, the weather didn't look too great so it was decided that a 'one set shootout' would be the way to go. Although at this point the Fitzwilliam team now held an 11-7-0 lead.
Unfortunately after just one set the Great British weather wreaked havoc with the hard courts so it was decided that the competition would come to an end.
The Fitzwilliam team, Anna, Eimear, Vuc and Anna came through the weekend taking a 12-8-0 win.
Finally the teams all met on Saturday Evening for dinner at a local eatery in West Hampstead.
After all the weekend’s events it was time for the teams to meet Sunday morning and have some fun. We met on the AstroTurf courts and all paired up with players from other teams, including both coaches from Kung. Lawn Tennis Klubben and Cumberland, to participate in a fast paced doubles drill session. After a great weekend of tennis, it finally came to an end with the presentation of the Fitzwilliam Cup to the Fitzwilliam team Captain Vuc and his team, ready for them to take it back home.
All participants in the Fitzwilliam Cup received their own medal and embossed towel from The Cumberland before making their way up to the clubhouse for our final meal together.
On behalf of The Cumberland, it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of the competition and host the event. We look forward to seeing both of the visiting teams soon, and would like to say it was a privilege to meet everyone involved with each team.
CTC SENIORS PRAGUE
Participating clubs included, apart from the hosting team, Real Club de Polo de Barcelona, Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club and Stockholms Allmanna Lawn Tennis Klubb.
After the two days of competition the winner was the I.CLTK who beat the visitors from Fitzwilliam in the final. Third place went to the RC Polo who beat SALK 5-4 despite being having been down 2-4 after the singles matches.
The event was played in a great atmosphere between all four teams during the whole weekend with a competitive spirit blended with friendship, laughs and fairplay.
In addition to the high quality tennis, the players had the chance to see Prague from the river Moldau during a boat trip on Saturday afternoon. All players and their guests attended official dinner on Saturday night which was hosted by Petr Simunek, board member of I.CLTK and CTC Vice-President.
CTC SENIORS STOCKHOLM
Joining the team from the host club were teams from HLTC Leimonias and Malahide LTCC.
Full results can be found here
CTC SENIORS CARRICKMINES
They were joined by our friends, RST La Magdalena (Spain), who visited us previously and also play every year in the U12s CTC tournament in Carrickmines.
It was great success and with the glorious sunshine all teams had the opportunity to play on the magnificent grass courts.
After the three days tennis, the comfortable winners were TC Genève, with RST La Magdalena finishing as runners up and both Carrickmines and Wiener Park in joint 3rd position.
The event was played in a great atmosphere between all four teams and the President of Carrickmines, Mr Hugh Brennan welcomed the teams at a pre-tournament drinks reception and also to Dinner on the Saturday evening.
Special thanks to the team captains Peter Eipeldauer (Wiener Park Club), Enrique Terán (RST La Magdalena), Imelda Loughnane and Jean-Manuel Lejeune (Carrickmines), and from the champions, Jurgen Buttkus (TC Genève).
CTC SOUTH AMERICA CHALLENGE
The event saw participation from three clubs (Santa Fe, Buenos Aires and Tenis Club Argentino), with the hosts eventually triumphing over Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club in a very tight final. The whole tournament was played in great spirit, with good sportsmanship on display from the players and vocal support and a livelt atmosphere created by the attending spectators.
The players were proud to represent their clubs on the same lawns that once hosted matches between great champions such as Enrique Morea, Guillermo Vilas and Fernando Della Fontana, among other icons.
The CTC’s South American representative Mr. Jorge Esponda atended the event and thanked the organisation’s main sponsor, EFG International, whilst also taking the opportunity to remind the participants of the social role that all Centenary Tennis Clubs have played througout their history, in terms of integration and social cohesion.
CTC SENIORS BERLIN
The guests were delighted by the beauty of the club. The LTTC Rot-Weiß lies directly on a picturesque lake, where no boats are allowed and which is only accessible by the owners of surrounding properties. The space is very green, natural and quiet, and about 15 minutes by car away from the center of Berlin.
Another special event contributed to the excitement for the players – the Oktoberfest on October 3rd. There was a real Bavarian Oktoberfest-tent, decorated with Bavarian beer garden benches. And most of the members were dressed in traditional fashion. The guests were deeply impressed and Patrice, the teamleader of Le Tir Paris, expressed his appreciation in his final speech at Sunday, at being able to experience ‘a real Oktoberfest in Germany’.
One central goal of CTC is to promote the friendship of all member-clubs. In this sense the competition was a great success. All participants expressed their hope that many more tournaments like this will follow.
CTC SOUTH AFRICA CHALLENGE
The host club fielded two teams for a spirited and popular competition that was greatly enjoyed by all of the players, who are already looking forward to next year’s edition.
CTC Winners' Group
TC Parioli 1906 has successfully defended the Centenary Tennis Clubs Winners’ Group title after a busy weekend at RC Polo in Barcelona.
Four teams took part in the final rounds of the competition in which the defending champions were joined by the winners of the previous year’s senior groups. Fitzwilliam LTV 1877 of Ireland also took a spot alongside the hosts and RCT Barcelona 1899 after TC Géneve pulled out of the competition.
Each of the ties consisted of nine matches including senior men’s and women’s doubles, plus mixed doubles.
The competition began on a sunny Saturday where the TC Parioli was able to edge to a nailbiting 5-4 win over the host team RC Polo, 5-4. The second semi-final saw the RCTB 1899 defeat the Irish team 6-3.
On the final day, the competition got an early start and was able to finish before some unseasonal rainstorms arrived in Barcelona. The defending champions beat the RCTB 1899 6-3, while Fitzwilliam claimed third place as the host club suffered another 5-4 defeat. The winning team of TC Parioli was comprised of Ugo Biagganti, M. Ribbechi, Eduardo Mazza, Luigi Scuderi Daniela Cigna, Elisabetta Morici and Francesca Todaro.
The social side of the Competition saw a bike ride around the Barcelona night and an official dinner at the RC Polo.
CTC 2014 Seniors Athens
Clubs from Athens LTC, Real Sociedad de Tenis La Magdalena and Tennis Club Genova, gathered for a three-team Round Robin format competition of the CTC Seniors Group in Athens on the weekend of September 27.
The event began with Real Sociedad against TC Genova. The two teams were inseparable, with a mixed doubles match to decide the winner when the tie reached 4-4. Eventually Real Sociedad de Tenis La Magdalena claimed the win. The next match saw Athens LTC and TC Genova face off, with each time featuring exciting players, such as Stefano Valle and Christopher Boggetti. The host team won the tie by a score of 6 to 3.
The Tournament winner was therefore decided between Real Sociedad de Tenis La Magdalena and Athens Lawn Tennis Club, with both teams showing a great level of play. Amongst the team members were the Santander club’s Vice President Mr. Enrique Teran and on the host team Mr. Konstantinos Efframoglou, the club’s Secretary General. Finally the host team was the winner by a score of 6 to 3.
The social side of the competition saw a welcome party on the eve of the Championships, where members from each team got the chance to meet each other while the captains revised the final details of the event. On the Saturday night, the Club’s restaurant hosted the official dinner with a really friendly athmosphere, with players exchanging gifts and visitors having the opportunity to get a taste of local products.
CTC Seniors Padova
CT Padova hosted a Centenary Tennis Clubs Senior competition from 19-21 September. The event was won by the host team, who beat Cesky from Prague 5-4 in the final. Third place went to Wiener Park from Vienna and the fourth position by Salk from Stockholm (the tie ended 5-2 for Vienna).
There were some exciting matches in the finals between Padova and Prague, the matches being very demanding with the highest levels of play on the courts. Padova’s team was formed by Davis Cup player and former world number 18 Omar Camporese, Alessandro Fornaro and Dario Pizzato, the latter both backed by a best ATP ranking around the 700th position in the world; other players included Stefano Tacchini and Marta Conean. The Prague team relied mainly on the ranking of the women: a former world number 30, another former number 86, both players of the Federation Cup for former Czechoslovakia. But there were many other athletes on the courts playing the matches with a past and a present “to boast."
The event was complete not only because there have been demanding matches on the courts but also because really lovely people came over to Padova, and took advantage of the chance to socialize and make new friends. All the team member s and spectators enjoyed the matches where all the players were committed to winning, but always with class and fair play.
The final night featured a Gala event with a delicious dinner followed by singing and dancing in the mixture of countries and different languages as everybody had a great time. Vice President of TC Padova Michele Scapolo said, “For Padova it has been an honour to have hosted one of the four rounds of the Centenary Club; we are obviously happy with the results, but also of how these three days of tennis and fun have been going on. Next year we will enter the final stages of the event that will decide on the winners of the title that is biennal. Many thanks to everybody, home players and guests as well as to the staff of the club for these days of great tennis".
Here's a video of highlights from the weekend: http://youtu.be/2D8bP7iA2Qs
CTC Seniors Le Tir
On October 4-5th 2014, LE TIR (Paris, France) hosted a CTC seniors tournament gathering a Swedish team from KLTK Stockholm, a Dutch team from HLTC Leimonias (LaHaye), and a French team from Villa Primrose (Bordeaux).
9 matches were played by each team on Saturday and on Sunday, with over 35 & over 45 categories men’s and ladies’ categories in action, plus one mixed doubles match.
On Saturday, Villa Primrose Bordeaux won over KLTK Stockholm (8/1) and Le Tir beat HLTC Leimonias, 5/4. On Sunday, Villa Primrose, whose team was comprised of former top French players or current top players in their age categories, was superior to Le Tir and won the CTC Cup by a score of 7/2.
The third-place match between HLTC Leimonias and KLTK Stockholm was extremely tight and ended up being decided by the mixed doubles match after the eight previous matched left the two teams level at 4/4. Neither team wanted to go back home with two defeats but the two teams were eventually separated when HLTC Leimonias claimed the 3rd-set super tiebreak at 10/8! The Dutch team was all the more proud because it was their first victory a CTC competition.
The event was played in a great atmosphere between all four teams during the whole week-end with a competitive spirit blended with friendship, laughs and fairplay. After such 2 days, the teams were left hoping that the next CTC week-end will take place very soon.
CTC Seniors TC Lyon
On the occasion of its 150th anniversary, the Tennis Club Lyon recently organized a CTC Seniors competition group, which saw teams from the Rot-Weiss Berlin and Carrickmines of Dublin joining the host club at the event.
Unfortunately, TC Milano Bonacossa had to default their participation the competition, so the event was turned into a round robin format, giving all clubs the opportunity to play against each other.
The sun was there during the whole weekend and the competition was played under a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere, with all participants joining in with the host club’s Saturday night celebrations of the 150th anniversary.
This was the first time that TC Lyon had participated in such a competition since joining the Centenary Tennis Clubs Association and it was a perfect debut for the club - at the end of the two day event, and captained by Jean Francois Lagloire, the hosts emerged as champions of the tournament. Carrickmines finished in second position with Rot Weiss Berlin in third.Results (.pdf)
CTC U12 Carrickmines Cup
Six Centenary Tennis Clubs competed again in year’s tournament held in Carrickmines from the 28th to the 30th of August.
The hosts, Carrickmines, won the won the tournament for the first time defeating the 1.Cesky Klub, from the Czech Republic in the final match.
This was the first defeat for the Czechs who had won all seven previous editions of the tournament.
The following clubs are participated in this year’s tournament.
· Carrickmines (Dublin)
· Cumberland LTC (London)
· RC de Tenis (Barcelona)
· Real Club de Polo (Barcelona)
· I.Cesky (Prague)
· RC Magdalena (Santander)
There was a new format this year, with each team playing a first round match seeded on last year’s results. This determined who played in the cup and plate sections with Carrickmines winning overall and RC Magdalena winning the Shield.
CTC U14 RCTB Cup
Four teams took part in the friendly competition –during which the host team was joined by those from ICLTK Prague, Carrickmines of Dublin and RC Polo (Barcelona).
The visiting teams where all hosted by families of the host team, enabling the players to forge new friendships and enhance their language skills.
The competition was played with a Round Robin format and consisted of two boys’ singles matches, two girls’ singles matches and one double for each gender per tie.
On this occasion, the host club was able to end the two-year reign of ICLTK Prague, edging past the visitors by a slim margin in the final. RC Polo beat Carrickmines to claim third position overall.
The event was complimented by a social programme which saw the players able to enjoy a bowling afternoon and a visit to Barcelona’s famous Tibidabo amusement park.
CTC U14 Prague
The I.CLTK in Prague hosted the CTC junior competition under-14 from 17-19 October. A total of six teams took part, including the host club who was joined by squads from Dublin, London, Barcelona and Stockholm.
The six teams were divided into two round-robin groups, with Cumberland LTC (GBR), RCT Barcelona (ESP) and Kungliga LTK (SWE) in the first group, and I. CLTK (CZK), Carrickmines (IRL) and RC Polo (ESP) in the second group.
The winners from last year, Cumberland LTC were narrowly defeated by I.Cesky Lawn Tenis Club Praha in the tightest ever final. Both teams finished 3-3 all in matches and at the end only one set gave the Czechs victory in the tournament.
The visiting teams stayed during the tournament at Belvedere hotel near Stvanice island where I. Cesky Lawn Tenis Club is located and they enjoyed lunch and dinner at club restaurant. Official dinner with short speeches from all captains was hosted by Mr. Petr Simunek, board member of I.CLTK, on the Saturday night.
CTC U16 LTTC Rot-Weiss Berlin Cup
Almost 20 years ago the Lawn Tennis Tournament Club (LTTC) Rot-Weiss Berlin and seven other European tennis clubs with a tradition of one hundred years founded the CTC Association. The very first CTC Tournament of Seniors took place on these courts in Berlin in 1997. Now, in July 2014, Rot-Weiss organized their first Junior Competition U16 with participants from the CTC community.
In the tennis world Rot-Weiss Berlin is well known for many tournaments. For thirty years we had hosted the International Ladies German Open with the top tennis players. Steffi Graf won the tournament nine times. Later Rot-Weiss organized the International German Juniors, a tier 1 tournament with juniors from all over the world. It has just taken place in July this year. And a week later Rot-Weiss hosted the 1st Berlin CTC Cup 2014, a tennis event for CTC teams from Barcelona and Dublin.
The guest teams represented Real Club de Tenis Barcelona – 1899, Real Club de Polo de Barcelona, and Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club from Ireland. The five juniors and one or two accompaniments of each team arrived at the two airports of Berlin on Friday throughout the day and were picked up by club members. The Friday program covered some training in the club and sightseeing to get first impressions of Berlin. Some of the juniors stayed with families others in a hostel not too far from the club.
The tournament games themselves were held on Saturday and Sunday. When the players were not on the courts, they watched other matches or socialized with members of other teams. LTTC Rot-Weiss placed an emphasis on having meals as a whole group so that the young athletes of the four teams got the chance to exchange experiences with others. Lunch and dinner were eaten at one long table with close to 25 people sitting around it.
The Berliners were capable of using the home terrain as an advantage and won the Cup with three wins and no loss. After an intense match for second place on Sunday, Carrickmines was able to secure it against the two teams from Barcelona. RCTB came in third, the Barcelona Polo Club played very good tennis but , unfortunately, came in fourth. All in all, the members of LTTC Rot-Weiss saw very good tennis and obviously all players and coaches enjoyed the international experience and the atmosphere of the competition. After returning home the teams made clear that they did not regret coming to Berlin. Realizing that this was an under 16 event, one can be confident that this was not the last international championship for some of the athletes.
CTC Representative of LTTC Rot-Weiss Berlin
CTC 2014 U17 Fitzwilliam Cup
The team from Fitzwilliam LTC was the winner of the recent third edition of the Fitzwilliam Cup.
Played under a round-robin format at the Real Sociedad de Tenis La Magdalena, the Irish were the strongest team, defeating the Kungl LTK team by 6 matches to 0 and the host team by 5 to 1.
The third-place tie between the Swedish team and the hosts had a result of 5 to 1 for Kungl LTK, but the score did not reflect the level of the matches, all of which finished with very close scores and some nailbiting finishes. For instance, La Magdalena player Patri Sagasitzabal held a 6-1 3-1 advantage but was unable to close out a victory, and the girls’ doubles was lost on the super tiebreak by a score of 11-9.
All the players were able hosted in local families during the weekend, resulting in a great experience for all of them.
CTC Delhi Gymkhana Club Invitational
CTC South Africa Challenge
2014 CTC South Africa Challenge took place again this year at the Wanderers Club of Johanesburg. Although reduced to a club match as opposed to a round robin of 4 clubs, the CTC 2014 resulted in a wonderful afternoon's tennis for the two 8-player teams.
It was a close affair, as the scorecard attests. Each match was important, as all of the games were very close, giving the final victory to The Bedfordview Club.
CTC South America Challenge
The first CTC South American Challenge took place during the weekend of October 11-13 at the Tennis Club Argentino in Palermo.
The tournament was a four-team event bringing together other Centenary Tennis Clubs from the area; Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club and Santa Fe Lawn Tennis Club. A fourth club, Los Olivos, was invited to complete the competition draw.
The competition was held under a spirit of fair play from all the participants both on and off the court. The event was preceded by a welcome cocktail, which gathered the Presidents of the Centenary Tennis Clubs of Argentina together with members of the International Club, Olympic Committee and the Argentinian Tennis Federation.
The competition was played under a round robin format, combining men and women on all teams. The eventual winner was the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.
Amongst the participants were many well-known faces, including Beariz Araujo, (Argentina’s #1 player for many years during the late 1960s and 1970s and former Fed Cup captain), Ricardo Canon (Argentinean #2, former Davis Cup player and twice ATP Tour singles finalist) and Carlos Junquet (a member of the team that reached the Davis Cup final in 1981 when Argentina lost to USA).
During the competition, Argentinian tennis legend Enrique Morea received a replica of the Conde de Godo tournament trophy from the hands of the honorary President of RCTB 1899, Juan Mª Tintore. The gift was a symbolic reminder of the historic match of the first edition of the tournament in 1953, which saw Enrique losing against Vic Seixas 22-20 in the third set.
Competition Schedule for 2013
The competition schedule for 2013 is now available for download:
CTC 2013 Villa Primrose Seniors
TC Villa Primrose in Bordeaux (FRA) played host to a CTC Senior Competition during the weekend of 6-8 September.
The participating teams came from four different nations, with the host club being joined by squads from the Royal Leopold Club (BEL), TC Geneve (SUI) and Real Sociedad de Tenis de la Magdalena (ESP).
Saturday’s semifinals saw two fairly one-sided matches, with the hosts beating the Spanish team 7-2, while TC Geneve beat the Belgians 9-0.
The final match was as close as the previous results suggested it would be, with the Swiss team eventually outlasting their hosts by the slimmest of margins to claim a 5-4 win and the trophy. The Spaniards had earlier beaten Royal Leopold in the third place play-off.
CTC 2013 Winners Group Rome
TC Parioli in Rome hosted the CTC Winner’s Group competition during the weekend of 14-15 September.
Four teams took part in the event, with TC Prague of the Czech Republic and Kungliga of Sweden travelling to join the hosts and fellow Italians TC Padova.
The event kicked off at the semifinal stage with the two Italian teams overcoming some stiff resistance to advance to the final. The hosts came back from a 0-2 match deficit to outlast Prague 6-3, while the second semifinal went to the wire, with Padova overcoming the Swedes thanks to 12-10 win in the match tie break of the deciding mixed doubles rubber, to squeeze to a 5-4 win overall.
No doubt the exertions affected the Padovans on the final day, which sadly was interrupted by rain. The hosts won all five of the matches that could be completed without the loss of a set and thus retain their title for another year.
Full match results can be found below:
Saturday 14 - Semifinal 1
tc parioli 1906-tc prague 6-3
35 m ribechi-vacek 16 06(prague)
35 m pennacchioli-koula 16 26 (prague)
45 m mazza-kurz 61 60 (parioli)
45 m biagianti-pitra 60 61 (parioli)
35 ladies testud-riklova 63 61 (parioli)
45 ladies morici-simunkova 63 64 (parioli)
d m 35 45 mazza ribechi- koula pitra 76 46 8-10 (prague)
d mix. 35. vacek riklova-biagianti testud 67 57( parioli)
d mix 45 kurz simunkova-mencaglia morici 26 36 (parioli)
Saturday 14 - Semifinal 2
tc padova-kungliga 5-4
35 m camporese-mirahmadi 62-62 (pad)
35 m pizzato-soderlindh 16 36 (kung)
45 m fornaro-svensson 06 26 (kung)
45 m tacchini-krueger 62 63 (pad)
35 ladies conean-westberg 06 26 (kung)
45 ladies castagna-nordlander 63 64 (pad)
dm35 45 camporese fornaro- soderlindh svensson 26 61 10-6 (pad)
d mix 35 pizzato conean- miramhadi westberg 61 36 9-11 (kung)
d mix 45 tacchini castagna- krueger hedin 61 36 12-10 (pad)
tc parioli 1906 - tc padova 5-0
35 m mencaglia-scapolo 62 63 (parioli)
45 m biagianti-fornaro 76 63 (parioli)
35 ladies testud conean 62 62 (parioli)
45 ladies morici-castagna 60 62 (parioli)
d mix 35 testud-biagianti-conean fornaro 9-6 (parioli)
few matches souspended becouse of rain
45 m mazza-tacchini
35 m pennacchioli-camporese 76 sosp.
2 doubles not played becouse of rain.
final 3°& 4° places
tc prague - tk kungliga 6-3
CTC Wanderers SA Zone Social Championships
The 3rd annual Seniors Championship took place during the week-end of 26 - 27 October 2103 at the Centenary Tennis Club, Wanderers at Illovo Johannesburg. The weather was glorious, the team spirits were all at a high and again a wonderful week-end’s tennis of high standard was enjoyed by all.
Each club team was formed by 6 invited players (4men and 2 women) in the following age groups: 1 Lady +30, 1 Lady +45, 1 man +35, 2 men +45, 1 man +55. Each tie included 6 singles, 2 doubles and 2 mixed doubles games, each game being 11 games. So each match totals 121 games and each team play 3 matches for a possible 363 games. The team with the most games wins the championship. Match 1 is played on Saturday morning after a welcoming breakfast and introductions, match 2 on Saturday afternoon after a lunch served by Silvasale at the soccer pavilion and Match 3 on Sunday afternoon, which is then followed by the prize-giving and a pizza dinner at the pizza den.
For the 3rd year in a row the championship winners were Bedfordview Club who pipped Old Edwardians by just one game. Last year they again took it from Old Edwardians by two games, so it was another nail-biting finish for these two clubs. The beautiful original trophy courtesy of CTC’s main sponsor, EFG International a Private Bank of Switzerland was therefore taken home by Bedfordview to be kept and rest on their shelves.
Marks Park finished 3rd and Wanderers as good hosts took place number 4. The final game scores were, Bedfordview 219, Old Edwardians 218, Marks Park 153 and Wanderers 124. The reason the sums do not tally to 726 games (121 x 6) is that both Old Eds and Wanderers were penalized 6 games each for bringing in a reserve player for the Sunday afternoon session. This was in line with the published rules.
The members of the invitation teams were:
Bedfordview Country Club
Fausto Pietrobon (No1 +35), Bruno Maraschin (No2+45), Chester Conroy(No3+55), Demetri Caripi (No4+55), and Jenny Ross (No1+45) and Sharon Coetzee(No2+30).
Chris Lister James (No1 +35) & (No2 for Sunday)/Brendan Zackey(No1 +35)on Sunday, Gary Cahn (No2+45) &(No3 for Sunday ), Hugo Steyn (No3 +45), Miles Foxcroft (No4, +55) and Collett Smith (No1 +30) and Phyllis Nel (No2+45)
Alec Galanakis (No1 +45), Trevor Williams (no2+45), Cuele Cvetkovich (No3+35) and John Coetzee (No4+55) and Marie Ried (No1 +30) and Carol Mouton (No2 + 45)
CTC 2013 U14 Prague
The ICLTK in Prague hosted the CTC Under 14 competition from 24-27 October. A total of six teams took part, including two from the host club who were joined by squads from Dublin, London and Barcelona.
New champions were sure to be crowned in the absence of 2012 winners Kungliga LTK (SWE), and this ensured some high quality battles on the way to the final matches. The six teams were divided into two round-robin groups, with Cumberland LTC (GBR), RCT Barcelona (ESP) and ICLTK ‘A’ in the first group, and ICLKT ‘B’, Carrickmines (IRL) and RC Polo (ESP) in the second group.
The eventual winner was the team from Cumberland LTC as the Londoners beat the hosts ‘B’ team in the final.
During the tournament, the teams stayed near the island of Stanvice at Belvedere and enjoyed lunch and dinner at the club restaurant. Good weather enabled the event to be played entirely outdoors on the clay courts.
A number of social activities were also organised by the host club. The participating children particularly enjoyed a boat trip on the Friday afternoon. A special seminar related to the CTC Junior Summer Exchange was also held and saw participation from the visiting coaches, plus the sporting director and head coach of the club’s academy.
The event closed with an official dinner where I.CLTK Vice-President Mr. Stejskal was on hand to present to the prizes.
The overall ranking was as follows:
RC Polo Barcelona
CTC 2013 Seniors Leimonias
The 2013 CTC Leimonias Seniors competition was played in the Hague, Netherlands. Unfortunately, the first cold shower came when two of the four teams scheduled to compete withdrew from the event at a very late stage, leaving the host club to face the team from RCTB1899 (Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899). The second cold shower came from the sky just 30 minutes before the first matches - one of the warmest nights of the summer was ended by a heavy thunderstorm and changed the clay courts to swimming pools. However, the artificial clay courts were quickly playable and the first evening offered nice doubles and mixed doubles matches for all participants before an unofficial dinner.
The second day started with a sightseeing bicycle tour around the city. After some hard work by the courtmaster and his team all of the courts were playable again. The second day offered some great singles, doubles and mixed doubles. The official dinner took place in a very friendly atmosphere with hilarious speeches. On top of the winners’ trophy and beautiful medals, one for each participant provided by sponsor EFG, special prices were given for example to smartest player, best smile... The players continued the evening to explore the Dutch cultural scene in the form of the Museum Night 2013.
The third day offered further some friendly doubles and mixed doubles matches. The bicycle tour the day before had worked for the muscles of the Spanish players and the typical Dutch light rain gave an advantage to the hosting players. Despite the setbacks, the fixture between RCTB 1899 and HLTC Leimonias was both competitive and very enjoyable with RCTB 1899 coming out as winners from the revised match program. The format was expanded so as to give all players plenty of match practice over the three days of competition.
The organisers warmly thank all the players showing very friendly attitude on and off court. A warm thank you goes of course to the CTC Association and its sponsor EFG International.
WILLEM DE VRIES, TOM VAN DIJK &, ANTTI TALLGREN.
1) PATRICIA ARMET
2) SILVIA CAMPIUS
3) MAYDES ABAD
4) NACHO SOLER-CABOT
5) SEBASTIAN MARTINEZ
6) MANEL COSTA
7) GINES TERUEL
1) MARGIT VELDS
2) REGINE D'AOUST
3) FIEKE ULEMAN
4) ASGAR KROL
5) TOM VAN DIJK
6) ERIK JAN ULEMAN
7) WILLEM SLUIS
8) WILLEM DE VRIES
9) ANTTI TALLGREN
10) MICHIEL BOOTS
11) PABLO MENDES DE LEON
12) ROB KLOMP
CTC 2013 U16 Fitzwilliam Cup
TC Cumberland beat hosts Fitzwilliam on sets won in the final of the Under 16 CTC Fitzwilliam Cup, which was held on 27-28 September 2013.
Full results can be found below.
2013 CTC RCTB U14 Cup
The second edition of the U-14 CTC RCTB 1899 Cup was held from Tuesday 3- Thursday 5 September 2013, and was a great success. Teams from ICLTK Prague and Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club joined those of CE Laietá and the RCTB 1899 in a round robin competition played at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899.
A great level of play and friendly atmosphere was on display amongst the players from diverse cultural backgrounds. ICLTK of Prague was the winner of the Competition, successfully defending their title from last year.
On the social side of the competition, the young players had also the opportunity to visit the FC Barcelona Museum and the Tibidabo amusement park, with both activities proving hugely popular.
2013 CTC U12 Carrickmines Cup
Six Centenary Tennis Clubs competed again in year’s tournament, which was held from the 29th to the 31st of August.
The hosts, Carrickmines (IRL) were narrowly defeated by I.Cesky, from the Czech Republic in the tightest ever final. Both teams finished 4-4 all in matches and were level on the set count back.
In the end, only two games out of four matches gave the Czechs their 7th successive victory in Dublin.
The 2013 final placing was as follows:
1. I.Cesky (Prague)
2. Carrickmines (Dublin)
3. Cumberland (London)
4. Santander (Santander)
5. Polo Club (Barcelona)
6. Real Club (Barcelona)
Pictured below, the winning I.Cesky team with team Coach Jan Kurz (former travelling coach with Jana Novotna and Helena Sukova), and Caoimhe Duffy-Niblock from Carrickmines in action.
Delhi Gymkhana Club World Team Tennis Centenary Championships
The Delhi Gymkhana Club in India is organising the inaugural World Team Tennis Centenary Championships, from February 25-March 1st, 2013.
Competition Schedule for 2012
The competition schedule for 2012 is now available for download:
3rd International Lawn Tennis Doubles Championships
Invitation to the 3rd International Lawn Tennis Doubles Championships in Forest Hills :
CTC Wanderers SA Zone Social Championships
The week-end of Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2012 saw the above championship being hosted at the Wanderers Tennis Club for the second time. Even more so than the 1st “pilot project” played on 18 and 19 August 2011, it was enjoyed by all who are already looking forward to next year’s championship.
The CTC flag, donated to us by CTC through its sponsor EFG International, was flying high side by side with the Wanderers flag at the entrance to the tennis courts. All starting 24 players were present at the opening breakfast enjoying the menu on offer which included orange juice, yogurt and fruit, bacon & eggs, toast and jam, tea and coffee. Many players knew each other from the previous year and also from other tennis events making the atmosphere immediately friendly and competitive.
After Friday night’s rain and some tennis court sweeping by the Wanderers players early on Saturday morning, we were blessed with wonderful weather on both days which allowed for non-stop play throughout.
The participating teams were Bedfordview Country Club (2011 winners), Old Edwardians (Old Eds) who also took part last year, Marks Park, first time participants and Wanderers, the hosts and second time participants. The strengths and weaknesses were pretty evenly matched with the result that there was exciting competition and not too many 11-0 games.
The winner for a second year was Bedfordview Country Club who finished with 2 more games than Old Eds. Bedfordview now have both the engraved winners shields on the base of the beautiful floating trophy of these championships, which trophy was also donated by CTC with the compliments of their sponsor EFG in 2011.
This year’s contribution by CTC and their sponsors EFG were 30 beautiful medals, one for each participant, which were very much appreciated and treasured by every player receiving them.
The winner’s trophy and all the player’s medals were presented by Mr John Galatis, the Wanderers Tennis Chairman, at the prize-giving pizza dinner held from 6pm till late on Sunday evening.
On behalf of the Wanderers Club and all the participants in South Africa, I thank the CTC Association and their sponsors, EFG International for their contributions and back up in motivating and getting this event going in our part of the world.
JOHN N GALATIS
Wanderers Tennis Club - Chairman
Photos (from top): Bedfordview, Marks Park, Old Eds, Wanderers.
2012 CTC U14 ICLTK Praha Cup
Six teams participated in the fifth I.CLTK Praha Cup - CTC Junior Competition U-14 which was held in Prague from Oct 25-27.
1. Kungliga LTK,
(CLTC-KLTK 1/5, CLTC-I.ČLTK 2/4, KLTK-I.ČLTK 3/3)
(CCLTC-RCTB 6/0, CCLTC-Polo 6/0, RCTB-Polo 3/3)
Final: Kungliga - Carrickmines 5/1
3rd place match: I.ČLTK - Polo 6/0
5th place match: Cumberland - RCTB 6/0
The prize giving ceremony was held during the official dinner on Saturday night, and was hosted by the vice president of I.CLTK Praha, Mr. Stejskal.
2012 CTC U16 Fitzwilliam Cup
The 2012 Fitzwilliam Cup for players aged Under 16 was hosted by Kungliga LTK in Stockholm (SWE) from 5-6 October. Unfortunately, two of the four teams scheduled to compete withdrew from the event at short notice, leaving the host club to face the team from Fitzwilliam.
Despite the setback, the fixture between Fitzwilliam u16s and Kungliga u16s was both competitive and enjoyable with the hosts coming out as winners by a score of 11 matches to 6 in a format that was expanded so as to give all players plenty of match practice over the two days of competition.
The visiting team was delighted with the hospitality and organisation of the hosts, and the strong club culture that enabled them to run shoulders with tennis legends like Robin Söderling (pictured), Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Johansson.
2012 CTC Fitzwilliam Seniors
Last weekend saw the Centenary Tennis Clubs (CTC) come to Dublin. Following on two recent high profile tennis visits by the All-England Club and the US’s University of Notre Dame, Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club hosted an event over two days (21-22 September) which included teams from two other Centenary Club members, Stockholm’s Kungliga Club and Leimonias from the Hague.
The Centenary Tennis Clubs, as its name suggests, is made up of tennis clubs worldwide in existence for over a hundred years. The Club’s founding members are all European clubs, but membership has been extended over the years to include a worldwide grouping. It includes clubs from Britain, Ireland, Continental Europe, North America, South America, Australia, South Africa and Asia – a truly global outreach, with household names such as London’s Queen’s Club, Melbourne’s Kooyong and the Westside Club in Forest Hills, New York (former home of the US Open).
In its mission statement, CTC’s aim is to uphold the traditions of tennis, as well as the spirit of fair play in the sport. It seeks to achieve this through organising competitions and other sporting and cultural events; arranging tennis workshops and seminars; and generally supporting the activities of member clubs around the world. It also strongly encourages the development of young talent through its support of a range of junior events, seeking to foster the future stars of the sport. Matches (friendly yet competitive) are organised under the CTC umbrella in different club locations.
The hosts of the September 2012 event, Fitzwilliam LTC, are one of the oldest clubs in the world, founded in 1877 (in the same year as the first Wimbledon Championships were held). Kungliga LTK was founded in 1896 by the then Crown Prince Gustav (later to become King Gustav V), himself a tennis enthusiast who initiated the development of the game in Sweden. The former king’s legacy has clearly been a fruitful one for Swedish tennis as the careers of Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg and many others have borne out. Speaking to Kungliga’s Team Manager/Captain, Stefan Soderstrom, the club has been at the centre of development of the game in Sweden over the years. Lennart Bergelin, former Swedish Davis Cup player and coach/mentor of Borg during his career, for example, was a member of the club for many years.
The visiting Dutch club, Leimonias of the Hague, founded in 1888, has also played a prominent role in Dutch society and in the development of the game in Holland. Located just outside the Hague at Scheveningen, it boasts a wide membership which includes many diplomats posted to the Dutch capital (tennis being the main sport of choice of the diplomatic circle!).
Two teams from Fitzwilliam, one team from Kungliga and one from Leimonias competed in a semi-final, final and third-place play-off format. While competitive, the spirit of matches remain decidedly friendly (no recourse to Hawkeye being provided for disputed line calls!). Teams were mixed with six singles and three doubles matches per team match. To accommodate as wide a spread of playing standards as possible, teams comprised Men’s 35’s and 45’s and Women’s 30’s and 40’s. Matches were played on Fitzwilliam’s fast, sandy Astroturf surface and one clay court (indoor courts placed in reserve in case of rain – a constant threat in Ireland). Team selections (some of which were subject to variation over the two days) were as follows:
1. Niall Murphy
2. Connor Smith
3. Conor McCullough
4. Pat Guiry
5. Anne Fleming
6. Bernie Griffith
1. Anders Lindgren
2. Marcus Mirahmandi
3. Henrik Bergman
4. Lars Svenson
5. Lina Westberg
6. Anna-Carin Mansson
1. Olli Eklund
2. Erik Jan Uleman
3. Anti Tallgren
4. Albert Holtslag
5. Perlita Hoff
6. Fieke Uleman
1. Garbhann O Nuallain
2. Justin Purcell
3. Richard Collins
4. Noel Sheridan
5. Dearbhla Kelly
6. Patricia Lord
Friday’s proceedings opened at about 10 am on a typically grey and overcast Dublin morning. Rain always threatened but managed to hold off as the sun came out in the afternoon. Fitzwilliam 1 were pitted against Kungliga in the first semi-final. Conor McCullough and Pat Guiry won their singles for Fitzwilliam, while Lindgren, Mirahmandi, Westberg and Mansson won theirs’ for the Swedes, leaving the score 4-2 in Kungliga’s favour going into lunch. After lunch, Guiry and Griffith won their doubles while Lindgren/Bergman and Mirahmandi/Westberg secured an overall victory for Kungliga 6-3 by winning theirs.
Fitzwilliam 2 managed a clean sweep of 9-0 in their semi-final against Leimonias, the court surface seeming to pose big challenges to the visitors. In Saturday’s final, Kungliga proved too strong for Fitzwilliam 2, defeating the home side by 8-1, Richard Collins being the sole victor for Fitzwilliam in his single’s match against Bergman. In the singles’ before lunch, there were two very tightly-fought matches which went to tie-breaks and eventually sealed the match in Kungliga’s favour. The match result thus having been decided, some of the competitive pressure eased after lunch as players relaxed for their doubles in the afternoon sun.
Fitzwilliam 1 secured a comfortable 9-0 victory in the 3rd place match against Leimonias. Drawing together players of varying standards and age groups from each club helped add to the ‘social’ aspect of the fixture. As is the tradition, hospitality was laid on by the Fitzwilliam hosts for the visiting teams on the Friday and Saturday nights at which the obligatory speeches were delivered and awards made. On the Saturday night, players were also able to mingle with visiting US squash team, the Jesters, who were playing a match against Fitzwilliam that afternoon, adding to the international flavour of the day. All credit must go again to Fitzwilliam Director of Tennis and Squash, Jimmy McDonagh in staging such a successful event.
Both visiting teams departed the following day glad to have participated in the CTC event. Despite current tensions at an economic and political level in Europe, the CTC events show clearly how positive relations remain between the nations of Europe at a sporting and social level. Long may such events continue in their role in helping to cement sporting and social contacts between tennis clubs across the world.
- Paul McElhinney
2012 CTC Athens Seniors
Athens Lawn Tennis Club hosted a CTC Seniors Competition from 21-22 September.
Two teams from the host club took part, and were joined by tournament favourites TC Parioli (ITA) and Wiener Park Club (AUT).
The first day's action saw Athens LTC Team A beat Wiener Park Club 5-3, while TC Parioli beat the host club's B-Team 7-0.
Parioli then went on the beat Athens A 5-3 in the final, while Wiener Park ousted Athens B 5-3 to clinch third place overall.
An official dinner was held at the club following the conclusion of the event, during which medals and awards were handed out.
2012 RCTB U14 Cup
The first edition of the RCTB1899 CTC Cup was held at the Real Club de TenisBarcelona-1899 on September 4th.
Teams of players aged 14 & Under from three CTC member clubs – the hosts, plus Cesky Lawn Tennis Klub (CZE), and Carrickmines Lawn Tennis Club (IRL). After three days of fierce but friendly competition, the club from Prague was proclaimed as the champion of the inaugural competition.
Centenary Tennis Clubs Association President Juan Maria Tintoré presented the prizes to the participants alongside RCTB-1899 Vice-President Juan Ignacio Soler Cabot.
2012 CTC Winchester Seniors (GBR & Ireland)
Winchester Racquets and Fitness hosted the second Centenary Tennis Clubs of UK & Ireland tournament on Saturday 8th September. The event was a great success with the excellent weather making it a particularly enjoyable day for everyone who took part.
There were 4 teams participating; Winchester, Roehampton, Edgbaston Priory, and a combined team comprised of players from two Dublin clubs, Carrickmines and Fitzwilliam. Each team had 16 players - made up of men’s and ladies pairs in 1st team category, 3rd team category, 45+ vets category and 55+ vets category.
Each team played against each other in their respective categories in a round robin format, with the winners as follows:
Mens 1st Team - Carrickmines and Fitzwilliam
Ladies 1st Team - Edgbaston
Mens 3rd - Carrickmines and Fitzwilliam
Ladies 3rd - Edgbaston
Mens 45s - Winchester
Ladies 45s - Winchester
Mens 55s - Winchester
Ladies 55s - Roehampton
Overall winners based on finishing positions across all categories were Roehampton.
Following the day’s play, participants and their partners enjoyed a celebration evening dinner with special guests Mr. Juan M. Tintoré, President of the CTC together with CTC secretary Berta Tintoré. Also present were representatives of event sponsors EFG International and also the chosen charity for the event - the Jubilee Sailing Trust. A contribution from the day was also presented to the charity.
Competition schedule for 2011
The competition schedule for 2011 is now available for download:
2011 Winners Group, TC Parioli, Sept 9-11
The final rounds of the winners group of the CTC Senior Competitions 2011 was held at TC Parioli in Italy from September 9 – 11. The host club and defending champions were joined by the other group winners from the previous year – TC Kungliga (Sweden), TC Geneva (Switzerland) and LTC Fitzwilliam (Ireland).
The semi final matches saw LTC Fitzwilliam beat TC Kungliga 9-0 and the host club survived a tougher match with TC Geneve, 6-3.
The defending champions were in much more dominant form on the final day however, conceding just one set in nine matches as they secured the title for a second consecutive year. The full team, under the careful guidance of captain Edoardo Mazza, consisted of Paolo Agnesi, Ugo Biagianti, Federico Castelnuovo, Daniela Cigna, Sergio De Bac, Marco Mencaglia, Elisabetta Morici, Fabrizio Pennacchioli, Massimo Ribechi and three champions of the tennis world that have contributed greatly to the history of the Club; Stefano Pescosolido, Francesca Romano and Sandrine Testud.
The social programme included a gala dinner, which was held on the Saturday evening and was attended by the President of CONI, Gianni Petrucci, the Vice President of CIO, Mario Pescante, the President of the Italian Tennis Federation Angelo Binaghi and the Italian tennis legend Nicola Pietrangeli. They were joined by the Board of Directors of the Club, as well as many past presidents.
2011 CTC RC Polo Seniors, Sept 16-19
The RC Polo hosted an area group of the Centenary Tennis Clubs Association Senior Competition during the days of September 16, 17 and 18. The teams of Carrickmines from Dublin, Villa Primrose from Bordeaux and Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899 took part on the Competition alongside a team from the host Club.
The whole event became a festival of tennis in which a high standard of play was evident from all teams. The tournament was eventually won by the French team of Villa Primrose, who accumulated an impressive final tally of 24 wins and 3 losses during the event.
The participants were also able to take part in some other social activities, which included a bike tour around Barcelona, some paddle tennis and they were also able to get a taste of the Mediterranean menus offered by the club’s restaurant.
Full results can be found below.
2011 CTC Cumberland Seniors, Sept 9-11
2011 CTC U-17 Fitzwilliam Cup (Sept 30-Oct 1)
The seventh edition of the Fitzwilliam Cup, the CTC’s international team event for players aged Under 17, was held at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin and came to a conclusion on the 1st October.
Each tie featured six matches, with two singles and one doubles match for both boys and girls.
The eventual winners were 1st Cesky of Prague (CZE), who overcame TK Kungliga (SWE) by the slimmest of margins. The team, which featured European 14 & Under semi finalist Miriam Kolodziejova, was held to a 3-3 final score but edged to the trophy thanks to have won just more game than their rivals during the tie. Villa Primrose (FRA) beat the host club 4-2 to claim third place overall.
2011 CTC U14 Prague Oct 27-29
The I. Cesky Lawn Tennis Klub in Prague hosted the Under 14 CTC Junior Competition at the end of October.
Six teams travelled to the Czech capital from across Europe in order to take part in the competition, which was eventually won by the host club, thanks to a 6-0 final victory over Ireland’s Carrickmines.
2010 champions Kungliga Lawn Tennis Klubben beat Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899 to claim third place.
In addition to the high quality tennis, the players had the chance to see Prague from the river Moldau during a boat trip on Friday evening. The next night featured an official dinner, hosted by CLTK Vice-President Mr. Frantisek Stejskal.
As every year, a sightseeing tour of Prague was organized for the morning of the final.
1. I. Cesky Lawn Tennis Klub (CZE)
2. Carrickmines Crocket and Lawn Tennis Club (IRL)
3. Kungliga Lawn Tennis Klubben (SWE)
4. Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899 (ESP)
5. Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club (GBR)
6. Real Club Polo Barcelona (ESP)
2011 CTC U-12 Carrickmines Cup Sept 1-3
Carrickmines was delighted to host the CTC U/12 Carrickmines Cup for the 5th successive year.
Six teams representing some of Europe’s largest and most famous clubs participated. Sixty young players, their coaches and some parents travelled to Dublin to play against some of Irelands top juniors.
The following famous clubs played in this year’s event:
- Carrickmines (Dublin)
- Cumberland LTC (London)
- RC de Tenis (Barcelona)
- Real Club de Polo (Barcelona)
- I.Cesky (Prague)
- RC Magalina (Santander)
The clubs were divided in two sections of three teams with the top four winning through to the semi finals.
In the first semi final Carrickmines defeated 1899 RC de Tenis Barcelona, while I.Cesky defeated Cumberland in the other semi final.
I.Cesky comprehensively won the final (7-1) and continues to set the highest standards with their 5th successive win. Well done to them and all the participants on a great tournament!
2010 CTC Leopold Club August 28-29
Royal Leopold Club
To view detailed results of the CTC Tournament at the Royal Leopold Club, click here.
Competition schedule for 2010
The competition schedule for 2010 is available for download here
2010 CTC Tennis Club Geneve, September 17-19
Tennis Club Geneve
TC Milano Bonacossa
WINNER : Tennis Club Geneve
During the weekend of September 17th-19th the TC Genève hosted one group of the European CTC competition. We were joined by the Tennis Club Milano Bonacossa and the Rochus Club Düsseldorf. Due to the fact that only three Clubs participated, the competition was run in a round robin format. The first day TC Milano beat Rochus Club Düsseldorf by 6/3 and the second day the TC Genève beat Rochus Club Düsseldorf by 8/1. On Sunday the final between TC Genève and the TC Milano was won by the host Club by 5 rubbers to 4.
On Friday night the teams were welcomed by a cocktail. The official dinner was held on Saturday night, where we had the pleasure to welcome a representative from EFG bank.
On Sunday, after the conclusion of the matches, a price-giving ceremony was organized in presence of another representative of EFG bank, followed by a farewell cocktail.
2010 CTC Haagsche Lawn Tennis Club Leimonias (The Netherlands), Sep. 17-19
Haagsche Lawn Tennis Club
Winner: Kungliga Stockholm
Photos: click here
2010 CTC Tennis Club Parioli, Rome, (October 22-24)
Tennis Club Parioli
Winner: TC Parioli
REAL SOCIEDAD DE TENIS DE LA MAGDALENA
Maria Jesus de la Fuente
Joaquin Perez Marsá
Captain: Enrique Terán
REAL CLUB DE TENIS BARCELONA-1899
Gloria Palau Ribes
Sonia Roig Perez
Francisco Castellá Kastner
Nuria Alasia Torroja
Santiago Tintoré Belil
Jordi Prat i Riba
Captain: Juan José Bòveda Zaldua
CUMBERLAND LAWN TENNIS CLUB
Captain: Simon Curtis
TENNIS CLUB PARIOLI
Filippo De Carilis
Captain: Eduardo Mazza
The Tennis Club Parioli has classified for the World Finals of the Centenary Tennis Clubs Association 2010 Senior Tournament. On the weekend of October 23-24, the TC Parioli has hosted the three teams of RCTB-1899, Tennis Magdalena from Santander, and Cumberland Tennis Club.
The weather forecast of heavy rain for Sunday 24, 2010 pushed the organizers to change the format of the Competition in order to fit two rounds of play in one day. The RCTB-1899 played a semi-finals against the English team of Cumberland LTC and reached the finals where they played against the host team. The TC Parioli had a very close round against the representatives of Santander TC, La Magdalena and made it into the finals. The Competition had a very high level with players such as Stefano Pescosolido and Sandrine Testud.
On 2011, on the finals group TC Parioli will meet the winners of three other groups: Fitzwilliam from Dublin, TC Genève from Switzerland and Kungliga from Stockholm.
The Competition had its closing with a price giving ceremony with a gala dinner in which all participants could share their friendship. The President of TC Parioli, Maurizio Romeo had as a special guest the President of the Centenary Tennis Clubs Association, Mr. Juan Mª Tintoré.
over 35 Stefano Pescosolido won against M. Becker 9 -3
over 35 Fabrizio Pennacchioli lost against S. Tintorè 8 -9
over 45 Edoardo Mazza won against F. Castella 9 - 6
over 45 Paolo Agnesi won against P.Boveda 9 - 8
w over 30 Sandrine Testud won against G. Balil 9 - 4
w over 40 Elisabetta Morici won against N. Alasia 9 - 5
double w 30 m 35 V.Balzotti M. Mencaglia lost against G Balil - M. Becker 5 - 9
double m35 m45 P.Spezzi E.Mazza won against S.Tintorè P.Boveda 9 - 7
one double not played.
6-3 was the final score
2010 CTC U-17 Fitzwilliam Cup (23-26 sept.)
Villa Primrose Bordeaux (France) 23-26 September
ITF juniors 200
Kungliga LTK (Sweden)
Villa Primrose – Bordeaux (France)
I. Cesky Lawn Tennis Klub – Prague (Czech Republic)
Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club (Ireland)
WINNER: Kungliga Lawn Tennis Klubben
Runner-up: FitzWilliams Lawn & Tennis Club.
Third place: Villa Primrose
Fourth place: I. Ceský Lawn-Tennis Klub Praha
2010 CTC Junior Competition U-12 Carrickmines Cup (September 1-4, 2010)
Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club (Ireland)
Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899 (Spain)
Real Sociedad de Tenis La Magdalena (Spain)
I. Cesky Lawn Tennis Klub – Prague (Czech Republic)
Real Club de Polo de Barcelona (Spain)
The Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club (Great Brtiain)
WINNER: I Cesky Lawn Tennis Klub-Prague
All teams played each other in a Round Robin format and Carrickmines played I.Cesky in a tense final. The matches were 4 all after the singles only for I.Cesky to edge out in the doubles for their 4th successive victory.
Carrickmines were delighted and honoured to have the President of Tennis Ireland, Letty Lucas as the special guest for finals day.
The Tournament was sponsored by Dolmen Stockbrokers and the Club Junior Draw Fund. Ronan Reid of Dolman Stockbrokers is pictured above at the presentation of prizes to the I.Cesky team.
2010 CTC 3rd U-14 ICLTK Praha Cup (October 28-30, 2010)
3rd I.CLTK Praha Cup 2010
I. Cesky Lawn Tennis Klub – Prague (Czech Republic)
WINNER: Kungliga Lawn Tennis Klubben
|Venue:||I. ČLTK Praha, Czech Republic|
|Date:||October 28 - 30 2010|
|Team composition:||2 boys under 14|
|2 girls under 14|
|Group 1||Reial Club de Tennis Barcelona 1899|
|The Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club|
|Kunliga Lawn Tennis Klubben|
Carrickmines Croquet & Lawn Tennis Club
Real Club de Polo de Barcelona
RCT Barcelona – Cumberland LTC 5:1
RCT Barcelona – Kungliga LTK 3:3 (6:7)
Kungliga LTK – Cumberland LTC 6:0
I. ČLTK Praha – Carrickmines CLTC 4:2
I. ČLTK Praha – RC de Polo 6:0
Carrickmines CLTC – RC de Polo 6:0
Kungliga LTK – I. ČLTK Praha 3:3 (8:7)
3RD PLACE MATCH
Carrickmines CLTC – RCT Barcelona 3:3 (6:6, 66:55)
5TH PLACE MATCH
Cumberland LTC – RC de Polo 5:1
Winners 2008 Group-T.C. Genève, September 12-13, 2009
WINNERS 2008 GROUP
Organizer: TC Genève
Participants: TC Parioli
Wiener Park Club
Winner: TC Parioli
The TC Genève hosted the final round of the CTC competition on September 12-14, 2008.
We were joined by the winners of last year’s competitions, i.e. TC Parioli Rome, Wiener Park Club and Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club from Dublin. Fitzwilliam LTC was substituting another winner of last year, Blau-Weiss Berlin, who did not participate in any competition this year.
Teams arrived on Friday and were entertained by a welcome-cocktail.
Matches stated on Saturday morning with TC Genève drawn against Wiener Park Club and TC Parioli Rome drawn against Fitzwilliam LTC. Both TC Genève and Parioli Rome won their matches 9/0.
On Saturday night the official dinner was organized in a Grand Hotel with a view to the lake. Unfortunately the landmark of Geneva, the jet d’eau did not operate this night due heavy wind. During the dinner, memories and gifts were exchanged.
On Sunday, Fitzwilliam LTC beat Wiener Park Club by 6/3. The final between TC Parioli Rome and TC Genève was won by TC Parioli Rome by the narrow score of 5/4.
At the conclusion of the matches, the results were announced in a short ceremony. On this occasion, trophies were handed to the Clubs and medals to the participants. Before leaving, the participants were offered farewell cocktail.
2009 CTC Magdalena Group, October 2-4, 2009
Organizer: RST La Magdalena (A)
Participants: ICLTK Prague
RC Polo de Barcelona
Rochusclub Düsseldorfer TC
Real Sociedad de Tenis la Magdalena (B)
Real Sociedad de Tenis La Magdalena (A)
Winner: RST La Magdalena (A)
The first weekend of October, our Club, Real Sociedad de Tenis La Magdalena, hosted one of the groups of the Centenary Tenis Clubs Competition for this year , 2009.
Since we joined this exclusive Association (CTC), we were expecting the opportunity to be able to organize one of the groups of the CTC Competition. Last year we had a first step in the Association, by participating in the group that the Carrickmines Club of Dublin kindly organized. We carefully took note of all the details they prepared for the organization and their warm reception and we tried to be as good as them this year.
We were lucky enough to have four teams from abroad from the following Clubs: Rochusclub Dusseldorf, Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, Dublin Chelsky Lawn Tennis Club, Real Club de Polo de Barcelona. In order to improve the organization of the Competition and give opportunity to more of our senior members we decided to have a second team from our Club join in the Competition. Therefore we had an “A team” and a “B team “from La Magdalena, which ended up being really successful for everyone. As expected, our second team proved to be weaker than any other team but they made it up with their enthusiasm and enjoyment of the sport.
Right after drawing the teams, the Competition started Friday afternoon, the teams were divided in two groups: Carrickmines, CLTK, La Magdalena A, and on the other group RC Polo and Rochusclub and La Magdalena B. A total of six ties were played Friday afternoon with a great level of tennis and sportsmanship. Some of the teams wished at some point to have some extra players on the teams stating “we are seniors”. We should take advantage of the total amount of players allowed to participate in the Competition, ten, when we sign in for this kind of Competition.
Two teams, one from each group got into the final: the RCPolo with its outstanding six players and our A Team who had to fight each point to finally get a win in the final.
On the social side, our guests had a chance to enjoy Spanish wine with some typical “tapas” in our new “Lawn Tennis Tavern”. Even though some of the players decided to go and sample the restaurants in the area. On Saturday we had a gala dinner were some typical gifts where exchanged and our job in organizing the competition was recognized by the different captains of the teams. On Sunday, once the tennis was over , a typical meal with “Cocido Montañés “
2009 CTC European Zone Competition - Athens - 22 September, 2009
Organizer: Athens LTC
Participants: Villa Primrose Bordeaux
Haagsche LTC Leimoinias
Winner: Athens LTC
Our club hosted its first CTC Competition on October 2-4 in Athens.
We were joined by Barcelona, Bordeaux and the Hague. The teams came on Thursday afternoon and the matches started on Friday afternoon. Athens was paired against Barcelona and Bordeaux against Leimonias. The hosts prevailed after a tight match by 4-3 while Hague lost by 0-7 to Bordeaux. Hague proved to be weaker than the other three teams and went on to lose all its matches. However, what it lacked in tennis experience it made up with its enthusiasm, humor and pure enjoyment of the sport.
On the second day Athens played Bordeaux and again prevailed by the slight margin of 4-3. The outcome was decided by the mens’ doubles, played well into the night. The last encounters took place on Sunday morning with, Barcelona prevailing over Bordeaux with again a tight margin of 4-3.
A welcome dinner was organized at the premises of the club on Saturday night for the benefit of the visiting teams. We were lucky in that the weather was very mild for an October night in Athens and we were able to sit outdoors. This permitted our guests to have a view of the Parthenon at the Acropolis of Athens and the Temple of Olympian Zeus closer to the Club. The President of the CTC Competition, Juan Maria Tintore, had arrived in the meantime, and we felt that his presence gave a new meaning of international camaraderie through the love of tennis to our gathering.
The President of Villa Primrose, Bernard Dupouy was also there to accompany his team and even participated in a doubles match.
The results of the Competition were announced in a short ceremony on Sunday after the matches. The Athens Lawn Tennis Club won and took the cup, Real Club de Tennis Club Barcelona came second, Villa Primrose Bordeaux third and Haagsche Lawn Tennis Club Leimonias fourth. Mementos were exchanged and our friends flattered us with compliments about the Club and the Competition. Our players enjoyed playing and meeting their counterparts and look forward to renew these contacts at another Competition next year.
The President of Athens Lawn Tennis Club
2009 CTC Junior Competition (U14) Praha
2009 CTC Junior Competition (U17)- Fitzwilliam LTC, Dublin, September 25-26, 2009
Organizer: Fitzwilliam LTC
Participants: Kungliga LTK
Villa Primrose Bordeaux
I CLTK Prague
Winner: Fitzwilliam LTC
Four teams took part : Villa Primrose, Bordeaux who will host next years competition, Kungliga LTK, Stockholm who hosted last year and 1st Cesky , Prague who hosted in 2007.
A very high standard of play was on view for the weekend with Ireland’s top u-17’s representing Fitzwilliam and several highly ranked Juniors visiting for the event including Petra Rohanova of the Czech republic who currently enjoys a European Junior ranking of Number 1 under 14.
Fitzwilliam defeated Villa Primrose 5 matches to 1 in the opening semi final.
1st Cesky and Kungliga were level at 3 matches each after their semifinal. Competition rules usually separate the teams by margin of sets and then margin of games but for the first time in the competition to date both of these were also equal. As a result a champions tie break in mixed doubles was played to determine the outcome and Cesky emerged as 10-7 winners.
On Saturday , Kungliga beat Villa Primrose in the 3rd place play off and Fitzwilliam beat Cesky 4 matches to 2 in the Final.
The Fitzwilliam team of Amy Bowtell , HannahMay Morrissey, Susan McRann , John Morrissey , Sam Barry and Ciaran Fitzgerald represented the Club with distinction both on court and when acting as hosts off the court.
Fitzwilliam win overall 4-2 and Win the Fitzwilliam Cup 2009
The tournament provided an opportunity to see some very talented players perform at a young age. Two of the players that played in the Carrickmines Cup in 2007 are now ranked in the top three U/14s in Europe
2009 CTC Junior Competition ( U-12)- Carrickmines CLTC, Carrickmines Cup, August 27-30, 2009
August 27-30, 2009
Organizer: Carrickmines CLTC
Participants: Cumberland LTC
RC Polo de Barcelona
RCT Barcelona -1899
RST La Magdalena
Winner: I CLTK Prague
Carrickmines were privileged to host the CTC U12 Carrickmines Cup for the 3rd year.
Eight teams representing some of Europe’s largest and most famous clubs participated. Sixty young players, their coaches and some parents travelled to Dublin to play against some of Irelands top juniors.
The teams were divided in two sections of four with the teams playing off against one another. The four teams that won through to the semi finals were Carrickmines 1 ,Carrickmines 2, Edgbaston Priory and I.Cesky.
The other teams competing were Real Barcelona 1899, RC de Polo Barcelona and RC Tennis de la Magdelana.
I.Cesky won the cup outright in a tightly contested final against Edgbaston Priory.
The tournament provided an opportunity to see some very talented players perform at a young age. Two of the players that played in the Carrickmines Cup in 2007 are now ranked in the top three U/14s in Europe
2009 CTC Friendly match- I. CLTK Prague, June 12-14, 2009
Organizer: I CLTK Prague
Visitor: Haagshe LTC Leimoinias
Friendly match 17 players
We would like to inform you that we have hosted 17 members from H. L. T. C.
Leimoinias in Prague, the weekend 12-14 June. We started with Prague sightseeing tour on Friday afternoon. We played a lot of matches on Saturday and Sunday morning and had and official dinner on Saturday evening. During the speeches after dinner both Clubs said that matches like this one are the events why CTC was formed. It means events where sport and social activity are combined and that allow as much members from the Clubs to participate in to get some merit of Club membership in CTC. Both Clubs also agreed that CTC shall talk with those European Clubs which never participated in any event and ask them what do they expect form their membership in CTC.
2009 CTC Friendly match- June 25, 2009 (U-14), RC Polo
Organizer: RC Polo Barcelona
2008 CTC Junior Competition (U/12) – Dublin - Carrickmines C < C
2008 CTC Junior Competition (U/14) – Prague “1st I.CLTK Praha Cup
2008 CTC Junior Competition (U/17) – Stockholm “Fitzwilliam Cup 2008”
2008 CTC Competition – The Hague “Jubilee Tournament Leimonias”
On the occasion of their 120th Anniversary, during the month of June 2008, the HLTC Leimonias of The Hague, Netherlands, organized the “Jubilee Tournament Leimonias” in which, besides the organizing club, the Fitzwilliam LTC, Royal Leopold Club, I.Cesky LTK, Villa Primrose Bordeaux and the RCT Barcelona-1899 participated. After the qualifying rounds, it was finally the RCTB-1899 that came out as the winner of the event. All those present emphasized the perfect organization and expressed their gratitude for the hospitality extended by the host club.
2008 CTC Competition – Geneve
On the 13th and 14th of September the T.C. de Geneva held a quadrangular tournament in which the hosting club, the Villa Primrose de Bordeaux, the Real Club de Polo of Barcelona and the I.Cesky L.T.K. of Prague participated. The Geneva Club won in the final over the Czech team, with the R.C.Polo taking third position.
We wish to express our gratitude to the Geneva Club for their interest in having organized the tournament in which members of four clubs of the CTC had the opportunity to get together for these two days.
2008 CTC Competition – Dublin – Fitzwilliam LTC
The Fitzwilliam LTC organized a competition from the 19th to the 20th of September in which, besides the hosting club, the Rochusclub of Düsseldorf, the Kungl LTK of Stockholm, and the Carrickmines C.L.T.C., also of Dublin, took part. Playing with the round-robin formula, the organizing club finally emerged victorious. The members of the invited clubs expressed their gratitude to the President and the staff of the Fitzwilliam LTC for their organization of the event.
2008 CTC Competition – Berlin
During mid-September, the Tennis-Club 1899 e.V. BlauWeiss of Berlin, organized a quadrangular tournament in which, besides the hosting club, the Vienna Park Club, el Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899 and LTTC Rot Weiss, also a Berlin club, took part.
After two days of competition, the hosting club BlauWeiss was victorious, ahead by a close margin over the Rot Weiss. During the official dinner, the President of the CTC, Juan M. Tintoré, expressed his gratitude to the Club, which is presided over by Dr. Frank-Peter Muschiol, for the organizational effort and the attention received.
2008 CTC Competition – Dublin – Carrickmines C < C
The Carrickmines of Dublin hosted, during mid-September, a tournament in which the T.C.Parioli, Fitzwilliam LTC, R.S.T.La Magdalena of Santander
and the organizing club participated.
The victor of the event was the Roman C.T.Parioli, after some very close qualifying rounds. All of the participants enjoyed the hospitality of the host club.
European CTC Competition 2007, Rochusclub
At the beginning of September 2007, the teams from the clubs Villa Primrose of Bordeaux, Leimonia of The Hague and Rochusclub of Düsseldorf, this latter acting as organizer for the event, played a triangular competition in the installations of the German club. After three days of competition, Villa Primrose was proclaimed winner, followed up by Rochusclub and Leimonias.
The visiting clubs expressed their appreciation to the hosts for the wonderful hospitality and the magnificent Organization of the event during the official dinner and presentation of trophies.
2007 CTC European Zone Competition, Real Club de Polo de Barcelona
El Real Club de Polo de Barcelona organized a competition with the participation, in addition to the teams of the hosting club, of the Carrickmines LTC of Dublin, the Blau Weiss of Berlin, the Fitzwilliam LTC of Dublin and two other teams from Barcelona, the CT La Salut and the RCT Barcelona-1899.
After the three days of competition, the German team from the Blau Weiss won in the final over the RCT Barcelona-1899 by 5 wins to 4. During the presentation of trophies all of the participating clubs expressed their gratitude for the effort that had been realized by the organizing club.
CTC Tournament Philadelphia, USA 2007
At the end of August 2007, the Philadelphia Cricket Club organized for the second consecutive year a competition for clubs belonging to the CTC. Eleven players from the Mount Royal Club of Montreal, Canada, the HLTC Leimonias of The Hague, The Netherlands, and the organizing club participated in the competition. The winning team was the Canadian, and the “amity” award went to the Dutch player Albert Holstag.
All of the visitors expressed their thanks for the warm hospitality of the host club and the magnificent Organization under the direction of Ian Crookenden.
CTC Competition I.CLTK Prague 2007
At the beginning of the month of September 2007 a team competition was played in the I.Cesky L.T.K. of Prague. Participating clubs included, apart from the hosting team, the Wiener Park Club of Vienna, the Tennis Club Parioli of Rome and the Edgbaston Priory L.T.C. of Birmingham.
After the two days of competition the winner was the T.C. Parioli, followed up by the Wiener Park Club, the I.Cesky L.T.K. and the Edgbaston Priory.
There were a total of 45 persons present from the three visiting clubs, including the three presidents, who expressed their gratitude to the Czech club for the magnificent organization and warm hospitality.
2007 CTC Founder Members Competition
During the last week of the month of August 2007, a competition was organized between the founding clubs of the Centenary Tennis Clubs Association. Participating clubs included the T.C. Geneve (Switzerland), T.C. Milano A.Bonacossa (Italy), LTTC RotWeiss Berlin (Germany), Kungliga LTK (Sweden), Royal Leopold Club (Belgium), Cumberland L.T.C. (United Kingdom) and two teams from the RCTB-1899, due to the absence of the Racing Club de France.
The competition was played in qualifying rounds. The winner was the Tennis Club of Geneva, which defeated the first team of the RCT Barcelona-1899 in the final by 5/1.
During the official dinner, which was held on the Saturday, the presidents of the participating clubs expressed their appreciation for the warm welcome and organization.
Finally, on Sunday medals and trophies were presented on Court 1.
There are plans to hold this type of encounter between the founding clubs of the CTC every three or four years in order to maintain the camaraderie and friendship among the clubs and participating players.
Carrickmines Cup 2007
Carrickmines CLTC hosted the inaugural CTC U712 International Tournament from the 30th August to 2nd September 2007.
Four clubs belonging to the CTC (Carrickmines C.L.T.C. of Dublin, Edgbaston Priory of Birminghan, I.Cesky LTK from Prague and RCT Barcelona-1899) took part in the competition.
The teams were made up of 4 boys and 4 girls, playing a round-robin format. The winner was the Czech team from the I.Cesky LTK, with 26 points, followed by Carrickmines (20), RCTB Barcelona (16) and Edgbaston Priory (10).
2007 Fitzwilliam Cup
The 3rd Fitzwilliam Cup, a team competition for boys and girls under 17, was held during 26th and 27th October at the CLTK Prague. Originally four teams should participate but unfortunately the team from Villa Primrose could not arrive to Prague because their Air France flight from Paris to Prague was cancelled due to the strike of Air France.
I.CLTK formed the second team which played against Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in the semifnal. It was agreed that Fitzwilliam LTC will get into the final regardless the result of this match because results of second team of I.CLTK will not be counted to official results of the Cup. Fitzwilliam LTC lost to second team of I.CLTK by difference of number of games won becvause each team having won 3 games and 6 sets.
Kungliga LTK played against first tem of I.CLTK in the semi-final and they lost to them 2-4.
The grand final was played between I.CLTK and Fitzwilliam LTC with hosting team becoming the winner with score 5-1 and winning Fitzwilliam Cup second time in the raw.
The Kungliga LTK took the third place.
We should mention nice and friendly atmosphere of this tournament as well as high level of the tennis. During the official dinner the Board member of I.CLTK and member of CTC Committee of Management Mr. Petr Simunek expressed thanks on behalf of hosting club to both visiting teams and promised I.CLTK support to this event in the future.
The 3rd Fitzwilliam Cup was ended by Prague sightseeing tour for both hosting teams on Sunday.
IOC PRESIDENT CUP CHAMPIONS RACE
Under the auspices of the then President of the IOC, Mr. Juan A. Samaranch established the IOC President Cup in 1997, a team competition reserved to the eight founding clubs.
The first edition was played from 17 to 19 of May, 1997 at the LTTC Rot Weiss Berlin, and the winner was the host team, who defeated the Kungliga LTK in the final 5 to 4.
From June 12 to 14 in 1998, the second edition of the competition was held in the Royal Leopold Club of Brussels, and once again the final victory went to the German team of the LTTC Rot Weiss Berlin, who defeated the local team of the Royal Leopold Club with a victory of 6 to 3.
The Geneva Tennis Club, which is situated in the Parc des Eaux Vives of this beautiful Swiss city, organized the fourth edition of the IOC President Cup, which was played from 1 to 3 of September in the year 2000. The Swiss team won over the LTTC Rot Weiss Berlin by a margin of 5 to 1.
During the first part of September in 2001, it was the turn of the Racing Club of France to organize and host the competition at their magnificent installations in the Bois de Boulogne, La Croix Catelan. The Swiss team of the Geneva Tennis Club were victorious once again, on this occasion defeating the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899 6 to 3
The competition's 6th edition was held between the 30th of August and the 1st of September 2002. It was organised by the Tennis Club Milano Alberto Bonacossa in its facilities located in this beautiful Italian city. Players of a very high level participated in the tournament, such as Emilio Sánchez Vicario, Christope Roger Vasselin, Gustavo Tiberti, Susana Savini-Vilaverde, etc. Like last yeard, the final was played by the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-189 and the Tennis Club de Geneve. The final victory was for the Spanish club which won by 6 to 3.
The Cumberland L.T.C. of London played host to the 7th Edition of the IOC President Cup, which was held from 29th to 31st August 2003. After the three days of competition, the RCTB-1899, defeated the RotWeiss LTTC of Berlin in the final round 5-1. The Spanish club, in the previous rounds, had beaten the T.C. Milano Alberto Bonacossa (5-4) and the Cumberland L.T.C. (5-1). The German club had defeated the Kungliga L.T.K. (5-1) and the T.C. of Geneva (6-3). The Swiss club reached third position by defeating Cumberland (6-3) in the match for 3rd and 4th positions. In the consolation round, the Racing Club of France won 5th, the T.C. Milano Alberto Bonacossa 6th, the Kungliga L.T.K. 7th, and the Royal Leopol Club 8th.
The next edition of the President Cup is scheduled to be placed on the courts of the Kungliga L.T.K. of Stockholm, Sweden, in August 2004.
The eighth and final edition of the IOC President Cup, reserved for the eight founding clubs, was held August 27 to 29 2004 at the Kungliga L.T.K. of Stockholm (Sweden). T.C.Milano A.Bonacossa won this final edition, defeating the Racing Club of France by 5-4 in the final elimination. The 3rd place went to the RCTB-1899, who were victorious over the host club, the KLTK, with a score of 5-4.
The 5th place was won by the the T.C.of Geneva, and 6th went to the LTTC Rot-Weiss Berlin; the Cumberland LTC won 7th place, and the Royal Leopold Club 8th.
With a view to awarding the team with the best overall performance throughout the eight editions of the competition, a classification has been established under which each team receives points on the basis of their results in each edition of the competition.
The criterion for the awarding of points has been established as follows:
Champion - 10 points
Finalist - 8 points
3rd ranked - 6 points
4th ranked - 5 points
5th ranked - 4 points
6th ranked - 3 points
7th ranked - 2 points
8th ranked - 1 point
In the event that any qualifying competition for the awarding of positions 3 and 4, 5 and 6, 7 and 8 were not played, the maximum number of points for this ranking would be awarded to both teams.
Final classification after the eight tournaments had been played :
1st Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899 62 points
2nd LTTC Rot Weiss Berlin 53 points
3rd Tenis Club de Genève 48 points
4th Racing Club de France 43 points
5th T.C.Milano A. Bonacossa 32 points
6th Kungliga Lawn Tennis Klubben 30 points
7th Royal Leopold Club 25 points
8th Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club 21 points
2006 North America CTC Tournament
Seventeen participants representing six Centenary Tennis Clubs competed over three days on the grass and clay courts of the Philadelphia Cricket Club. 2 flights of men’s singles determined the 2 finialist and provided excellent interaction among the various clubs.
A flexible schedule kept most players active and still allowed time for sightseeing around the historic old city of Philadelphia on the Saturday afternoon and evening. The highlight of the weekend was the awards dinner when medals commemorating the players participation were passed out personally by Mr. Juan Ma. Tintoré, President of the Centenary Tennis Club Association. Mr. Tintoré also gave an inspirational address to the dinner attendees. Everybody returned to their respective tennis club with a greater understanding of the purposes and goals of this wonderful organization.
The letters of regret PCC received from Clubs who wished they could attend indicated that should the event be repeated next year, greater participation and representation can be anticipated.
Names of participants, their clubs and the champions of the categories offered follow.
|7.||Martin Clarke||Leimonias, Netherlands|
|8||.Albert Holtslag||Leimonias, Netherlands|
|9.||Jon Trotter||Longwood, Ma.|
|12.||Francisco Badosa||Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899|
|Men’s Singles||Steve Cornell, Berkley||Champion|
|David Lacey, PCC||Finalist|
|Men’s Doubles||Albert Holtslag & Martin Clarke||Champion|
|Mixed Doubles||Laurel & Ted Stack||Champions|
|(By a tie break)||Warren Danne & Freddy Adams||Finalists|
|Men’s 35||SinglesJon Trotter||Longwood|
2006 European Geographical Areas CTC Tournaments
Organizer: Villa Primrose Bordeaux
RCT Barcelona-1899 – winner
Group 3 -Played 16-17 September 2006
Organizer: HLTC Leimonias The Hague
Royal Leopold Club Bruxells
Le Touquet TC
Group 4 -Played 8-10 September 2006
Organizer: Cumberland LTC
CT La Salut
Group 5 -Played 22-24 September 2006
Organizer: CT Firenze
TC Genève – winner
Group 6 -Played 1-3 September 2006
Organizer: WienerPark Club
TC Milano Bonacossa – winner
The CTC is most appreciative of the effort carried out by the organizing clubs, without whose cooperation it would not have been possible to hold the competition. We also wish to thank all of the players who have participated, having served to consolidate the friendship between the members of the clubs of the Association.
2006 Fitzwilliam Cup
The second edition of the Fitzwilliam Cup, a competition for boys and girls under 17, was held during December 1 & 2 at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club of Dublin. The teams which participated were the I.Cesky LTK of Prague, the Kungliga LTK of Stockholm, the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899, and the Fitzwilliam LTC, as organizer of the event.
In the semi-finals, Fitzwilliam LTC defeated Kungliga LTK by 6-0, while I.Cesky LTK beat RCT Barcelona-1899 by 4-2.
In the play for the 3rd and 4th places, the RCT Barcelona-1899 defeated Kungliga LTK with a score of 5-1.
The grand final was played on Saturday the 2nd of December, between the I.Cesky LTK and the host club, Fitzwilliam LTC, with the Czech team coming out as victorious by the difference in the number of games won, each team having won 3 matches.
We should make mention here of the magnificent organization carried out by the Irish club and the ambiance of camaraderie between the youngsters of the four participating teams, as well as the very high level of tennis. Our sincere thanks to the Fitzwilliam LTC for the effort realized in the organization of the second edition of the Fitzwilliam Cup.
2005 Fitzwilliam Cup
In May 2005 the Fitzwilliam LTC of Dublin organized for the first time the Fitzwilliam Cup, a Sub17s junior’s team competition. The host Club participated together with two teams, the Kungliga LTC and the RCT Barcelona-1899. Each eliminatory consisted of two men’s singles, a men’s doubles, two women’s singles and a women’s doubles. The level of competition was very high, with the Fitzwilliam LTC “A” finally defeating the Kungliga LTK in the finals. The RCT Barcelona-1899 took third place.
The organization, the treatment received by the visiting clubs and the atmosphere of the tournament were truly praiseworthy. During the official dinner, the President of the Fitzwilliam LTC, Mr. Declan Heavey, presented the trophy and expressed his thanks to the two visiting teams for their support and collaboration in this first championship. He also expressed his hopes to organize the second edition of the “Fitzwilliam Cup” in 2006.
2005 European Geographical Areas CTC Tournaments
Once the last edition of the IOC President Cup was held in 2004, a new competition was designed for 2005 with the idea of making it possible for all clubs belonging to the CTC to participate. The competition began by geographical areas in Europe, a competition in which 17 of the 22 European clubs of the CTC participated. Each founding club organized a tournament with one or two visiting clubs, a format which made it possible to play out the competition in two or three days.
In Barcelona, the RCT Barcelona-1899 played against the Villa Primrose of Bordeaux and the Rochusclub of Düsseldorf over a three-day period, with the Spanish club victorious.
The Royal Leopold Club of Brussels invited the HLTC Leimonias and the Le Touquet T.C., a club which not being a member of the CTC, participated in the competition organized in Belgian territory.
The LTTC Rot Weiss invited the Czech club I.Cesky L.T.K. to Berlin during the first part of August, with the final victory going to the club from Prague.
In May it was the Racing Club of France which hosted the event played in Paris with the Real Club de Polo of Barcelona and the Blau Weiss Berlin, with the final victory going to the hosting club.
The Wiener Park Club of Vienna, the Sokilniki Tennis Club of Moscow, and the host club, the T.C. Milano A.Bonacossa, played in Milano during the first part of September, with the final victory going to the Italian club.
Also during the first part of September the Kungliga LTK received the Finnish club Abo LTK in Stockholm, with final victory for the Swedes.
During the same dates, the Circolo de Tennis Firenze (Florence) travelled to Geneva to participate in the competition against the T.C. Genève on Swiss territory. The Italian team won by a narrow margin.
It is expected that the competition for the year 2006 will once again be played in Europe under a similar formula, and that it will be played in the same way in the USA with American, Canadian and Mexican teams, and also in South America.