IC Italy retains Potter Cup trophy
IC Italy has successfully defended the Potter Cup trophy after a weekend of high quality senior competition at the RC Polo in Barcelona.
The final match saw the reigning champions brush aside the challenge of the United States with a 4-1 win to collect the title for a seventh time.
In the top half of the draw, Italy had advanced to the final after a thrillingly close 4-3 win over hosts Spain in a repeat of the 2011 final and a match between the two winners of each title since 2009. Spain had beaten Luxembourg 5-0 in their opening match (the top seeded Italians received a bye) but were edged to defeat by the narrowest of margins as Simone Galli/Guido Padovani beat Carlos Costa/David De Miguel 6-3 6-7(4) (11-9) in the final rubber.
Runners-up in two of the three previous editions of the tournament, the USA advanced to another final with a straight-forward 4-1 victory over Great Britain in the other semi-final. Their opening matches saw USA beat Belgium 5-0 and Great Britain upset second seeds France 4-3.
Spain beat Great Britain 4-1 to claim third place, while France beat Luxembourg for fifth and sixth position respectively.
Once again, the flagship International Clubs senior event saw a wealth of talent taking part. Former Roland Garros finalist Mikael Pernfors anchored the US team while Spain’s Alex Lopez Moron was a successful ATP player. IC France’s Patrick Vergnes was unbeaten at the last ITF Seniors World Team Championships, while Italy’s Enrico Cassadei is a former ITF World Individual Champion. The three set semi-final rubber between Cassadei and Lopez Moron – eventually won by the Spaniard - was regarded by many spectators as one of the finest matches in Potter Cup history.
As always, the Potter Cup featured a social element, with the players enjoying a gala dinner during the event. Many of the players also took time out to participate in a clinic in which they took to the court alongside Acell Federation players affected by learning disabilities.
Full results from the competition can be found below.
Documents to download
2015Day1(.pdf, 411,48 KB) - 11 download(s)
2015Day2(.pdf, 589,12 KB) - 12 download(s)
2015Day3(.pdf, 588,06 KB) - 12 download(s)
Draw(.pdf, 262,27 KB) - 11 download(s)