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"Hands across the net, friendship across the ocean "
To set the game above renown,
To love the game beyond the prize,
To honour, while you strike him down,
The foe that comes with fearless eyes,
To count the life of battle good,
And dear the land that gave you birth,
And dearer yet the brotherhood,
That binds the brave of all the earth.
-Sir Henry Newbolt...
The 48th edition of the Potter Cup, the International Club’s premier team event for senior players, will take place on the clay courts of two of Barcelona’s most prestigious clubs, Real Club de Polo and Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899 from October 21st to October 24th, 2021.
A total of 15 national IC teams — 8 men’s and 7 ladies’ — will be in action. At the Potter Cup’s traditional home, the RC Polo, the men’s tournament once again sees a strong line-up, with teams from IC Belgium, IC France, IC Germany, IC Great Britain, IC Italy, and IC USA alongside defending champions IC Ireland, and the host team, IC Spain.
IC Spain has named a 9-man team, led by Jordi Mas and captained by Santiago Tintoré as they attempt to recapture the title for the first time since 2013. The IC Ireland, defending champion, has signed up with a team led by Ross Niland and also featuring Scott Barron, Stewart Doyle, Tom Hamilton, Alan Donnelly and David King.
The ladies’ competition looks to build on the success of the 2018 inaugural event and will see seven teams in action at the RCT Barcelona-1899, before moving to the RC Polo for the finals.
In the ladies’ event, defending champions IC Spain will be fancied to retain the title, with 2019 team members Eva Bes, Gisela Riera and Neus Avila named to the squad alongside newcomer Cristina Fontelles. They will face tough competition and will face the IC Germany, counting with ITF world’s nº 1 +40 player Manon Kruse.The remaining teams due to take part in what promises to be the most competitive ladies’ event are IC Belgium, IC France, IC Ireland, IC Great Britain and.
The tournament will also stage its now traditional tennis clinic for players with intellectual disabilities from the ACELL Foundation, who will play alongside Potter Cup participants during the popular on-court session.
In addition to the two hosting clubs, the Potter Cup is supported by the Federació Catalana de Tennis, the IC Council, the Ajuntament de Barcelona, the Consell Català de l’Esport and the Real Federación Española de Tenis.
Further details and information can be found in the Potter Cup program here.
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