The Potter Cup , a mens veterans +45 competition, was first started by John Potter in 1973.
John Potter was originally from the United States and used to live between Barcelona and Biarritz. He was a good tennis player and also represented the USA in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games in fencing, being awarded with a bronze medal. During a friendly match between the IC of Great Britain and the Spanish IC he decided to offer a silver trophy and the competition was started.
Initially four teams played: IC of France, IC of Great Britain, IC of USA and IC of Spain. These teams have been taking part of the competition every year up to know. The competition took place in Biarritz, France, from 1973 to 1979. In 1980 the Potter Cup was first played at the Polo Club, where it has been played now for 28 years. The Potter Cup is a well recognized international competition and is included in the official ITF veterans calendar and the European Tennis Federation calendar.
The players get ITF official points by entering the competition. Among the players that have been taking part of the competition we find internationally recognized players such as: Jean Borotra, Budge Patty, Frank Sedgman, Tom Brown, Fred Kowaleski, Abe Segal, Gordon Forbes, Beppe Merlo, Roger Becker, Jacques Chaban Delman, and many others…Among the teams that usually take part we find: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Ireland, Luxemburg, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Switzeland USA and Zimbabwe.