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IC of Denmark

IC of Denmark

17th &18th June 2017

Result: IC of GB 9 – 8 IC of Denmark
Venue: Moor Park


The visiting team from Denmark consisted of a number of ex Davis Cup players, an ex Federation Cup player, with all team members top players in their age groups, ably captained by Christian von Buchwald who was unable to take part in the match as he had had surgery on his hand 10 days previously. 


The challenge was set and we also fielded a very strong team, including Richard Wire, Chris Clarke, Cliff Bloxham, Michael Gradon, Alec Allen, Keith Bland, Mark Cox, Richard Tutt, Jo Shepherd, Karen Hunter, Matt Coombes, Chris Hearn, John Feaver, Sian Southwell-Sander, Anne Clark and an Honorary IC member for the day on the Sunday, Barry Fulcher.


With such a splendid venue as Moor Park and fantastic weather (nearly too hot!), it was impossible for the visitors and the GB team not to enjoy the weekend. The matches were extremely competitive with a very high standard of play.  Two of the Danish team lost their luggage on arrival at Heathrow so had the additional challenge of equipping themselves with new clothes and racquets.


Trying to match standards and ages wasn’t easy and after the first day the IC of Denmark took a well deserved lead of 6-3.  A dinner was held in the Thornhill room at Moor Park and guests could look around the Arnheim Room, depicted in the film “A Bridge Too Far”.


So, it was onto Day 2 with all to play for. The approach was to bring in some younger men who, despite still giving a few years away to their opponents, all won their singles.  As the Sunday was Father’s day and clashed with Aegon matches there was a shortage of ladies, so Anne found herself playing a ladies doubles with Sian in what ended up as one of the closest matches with the GB pair losing out 12-10 in the champions tie-break.


The last round saw 3 doubles wins for GB with the final doubles going to Denmark.


Many thanks to the staff at Moor Park who were very flexible, supportive and patient with the teams.




Round 1
Richard Wire & Chris Clarke beat Christian Mikkelson & Peter Knap 6-3, 6-2
Jo Shepherd lost to Maria Rasmussen 3-6 5-7

Richard Tutt & Mark Cox lost to Kasper Rud 2-6 7-5 0-1 (8)

Alec Allen & Cliff Bloxham lost to Steen Dannisguaard & Stein Ulrich 2-6 3-6


Round 2
Keith Bland & Michael Gradon lost 0-6 2-6

Karen Hunter & Ciff Bloxham lost to Tine Petersen & Kai Folmer 3-6 3-6

Richard Wire beat Christian Mikkelson 6-2 6-2

Richard Tutt & Anne Clark lost to Maria Rasmussen & Steen Dannisguaard 0-6 2-6

Alec Allen & Mark Cox beat Stein Ulrich & Kasper Rud 6-2 7-6



Round 1
Barry Fulcher beat Alexander Reedtz 6-4 6-2

Matt Coombes beat Kai Folmer 6-4 6-3

Chris Hearn beat Stein Ulrich 6-3 6-1

Anne Clark & Sian Southwell-Sander lost to Maria Rasmussen & Tine Petersen 6-3 4-6 0-1 (10)


Round 2
Barry Fulcher & Matt Coombes beat Alexander Reedtz & Steen Dannisguaard 6-2 6-7 (5) 1-0 (5)

Chris Hearn & Mark Cox beat Kai Folmer & Stein Ulrich 6-3 5-7 1-0 (7)

Alec Allen & Richard Tutt beat Peter Holst & Kasper Rud 6-1 6-4


Round 3
John Feaver & Richard Tutt lost to Peter Knap & Stein Ulrich 2-6 2-6

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Overview of a successful Potter Cup

Overview of a successful Potter Cup

The 2017 Potter Cup saw the first edition of a Ladies event alongside the longstanding Men’s event, which celebrated its 45th edition. And what a successful long-weekend it was! 
Overall 12 teams competed comprising of; 8 men’s teams including a Spanish B Team, the RC Polo team, and 4 women’s teams. Notably it was a weekend of outstanding level of play from both the men’s and ladies competitors and most importantly it showcased the sportsmanship and true IC spirit.
As always, the social side of the weekend was thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed by all the players. Particular recognition must go to Berta Tintore and her family, the IC of Spain and the RC Polo Club who did a fantastic job of organising and hosting such an excellent event. The IC of GB ladies expressed their gratitude in the form of a poem, which can be seen below.
For a full round-up of competing IC nations and results, please click here.

Looking ahead to next year, we hope that both the Men’s and Ladies Potter Cup can build on this successful edition as additional ICs have already expressed their interest in participating in next year’s event.
A Poem from the IC of GB Ladies:
Red White and Blue
Would like to thank you
For a great weekend
With our tennis friends
We are honored to be asked to play
On your fantastic slow clay
We love to slide, we love to scream
And after we play, having a beer is our dream
We challenge you to have a game on the grass
You can’t slide coz so fast!
A big thank you to the family Tintore
From the lovely GB 07 IC
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