Manolo Santana

Manolo Santana

Manolo Santana

Manolo Santana, the first Spanish player to break through on the world’s stage, has passed away. The IC Spain member was hugely influential on the subsequent generations of Spanish players. He won four Grand Slam titles - two at Roland Garros, one at Wimbledon and one US Open – and took part in many epic Davis Cup ties, leading the Spanish team to the final on two occasions. IC Spain would like to thank the many International Clubs from around the world that have reached out with condolences, and will pass these on to his family.

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France & Germany win Potter Cup and Two Presidents Cup France & Germany win Potter Cup and Two Presidents Cup

France & Germany win Potter Cup and Two Presidents Cup

France’s men’s and Germany’s ladies’ teams are the champions of the 48th Potter Cup and 4th Two Presidents' Cup, which where held in Barcelona during the weekend of October 21-24, 2021.

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2021 Potter Cup/Two Presidents' Cup - Latest

2021 Potter Cup/Two Presidents' Cup - Latest

The 48th edition of the Potter Cup, the International Club’s premier team event for senior players, is taking 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’ — are 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 also staged its now traditional tennis clinic for players with intellectual disabilities from the ACELL Foundation, who played alongside Potter Cup participants during the popular on-court session (see images below).

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.    

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