Welcome to the International Club of Ireland
"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...
A great start to the week with some exciting and close matches. Top seeds Italy came through with a win against India but not without several individual matches going to tie breaks.
The other two matches were extremely close and the overall results in the balance through to the doubles matches. In the match between Uruguay and South Africa it was Uruguay who took a 3-1 lead after the singles but only after the top two boys went to a third set tie break which Uruguay won. This meant the doubles were critical with the Uruguay girls coming through to give them their fourth win and so the overall match.
Meanwhile a long match between USA and Japan was again very closely fought. After the singles it was tied 2-2 with the USA girls then winning their doubles to go up 3-2. Then there was a great boys doubles in which they split the first two sets with the USA boys eventually coming through in the third set tie break to give the USA the team win. Photos from Monday can be seen here
Tuesdays match ups in the round robin are:
Italy v Uruguay
India v USA
South Africa v Japan
In a superb IC tradition the Welcome Dinner at The Grand Hyatt was an outstanding occasion with Imperial Highness Princess Takamado in attendance and giving an inspiring speech to the juniors. At the event were many sponsors, IC members, organisers , Japanese tennis dignitaries and the Ambassadors of India and Italy. In total 187 attendees. Everyone was treated to a fascinating performance of traditional Japanese drumming with the juniors being invited afterwards to try their own hand at it which was much more difficult than it seemed! On a large screen photos from Sunday of the junior teams and their participation in the clinic for the handicapped kids were shown in rotation. This was a good demonstration for all those present of this philanthropic element that the IC encourages. It was also a great demonstration of the IC motto of "Hands across the net, friendship across the ocean". The IC of Japan is to be congratulated on putting on an event which has already become a very memorable one for all involved.