IC Spain Champions of the Abdesselam Trophy

July 2023
IC Spain Champions of the Abdesselam Trophy

IC Spain Champions of the Abdesselam Trophy

Madrid, July 2023

During the 5th and 9th of July, our veteran teams +50 and +60 were crowned champions of the Robert Abdesselam Trophy Tournament held at the facilities of the Club de Tenis Chamartín in Madrid, under excellent hospitality and organization.

The competition, organized this time by IC Spain, pays tribute to the figure of Robert Abdesselam, junior champion of France, vice president of the French Tennis Federation and the International Federation, as well as a member of the Davis Cup team. Additionally, he was a founder of NATO, served as a volunteer during World War II, and created the Robert Abdesselam Foundation to support French tennis and promote competition for retired players from the professional circuit.

The competition format is a "round-robin" in doubles mode: 1 women's doubles, 1 men's doubles, and 2 mixed doubles (50/55 and 55/60). Each match won earns one point, so the winning team is the one with the most points after the three days of competition.

For this edition, the IC Spain team was formed by Rosa Bielsa, Carmen Chillida, Carmen Mendaro, Ángel Arbelo, Juan Avendaño, Javier Linares (Captain-player), and Javier Molina, who competed against the International IC teams of Belgium, France, and the invited IC team for this occasion, Norway. Spain emerged victorious in a hard-fought final against France.

The awards ceremony was attended by Nicolás Ramos (President of Club de Tenis Chamartín), Javier Linares (Sports Vice President of CTCH, Captain, and IC Spain executive), and Chema Iñigo (Sports Director of the club and competition supervisor).

It was a heartfelt tournament where, once again, we enjoyed good tennis among friends and had the additional privilege, through the Higher Sports Council (Consejo Superior de Deportes), of witnessing the presentation of the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit to Spanish tennis player Garbiñe Muguruza.

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The 50th edition of the Potter Cup, the International Club’s premier team event for senior players, will take place on the clay courts of two of Barcelona’s most prestigious tennis clubs from October 18 to 21, 2023.
A total of 16 national IC teams will be in action; 8 men’s and 8 ladies’. Due to be played at the Potter Cups’ traditional home of the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona, the men’s tournament once again sees a strong line-up, with teams from IC Belgium, IC France, IC Germany, IC Great Britain, IC USA, IC Italy and defending champions and hosts IC Spain.

The ladies’ competition, the Two Presidents Cup, will see 8 teams in action at the Real Club de Tennis - Barcelona 1899 before moving the the RC Polo for the finals. Defending champions IC Italy will have the opportunity to play against IC Switzerland, IC Great Britain, IC France, IC Belgium, IC Spain, IC Ireland and IC Germany.

The tournament will also stage its now traditional tennis clinic for players with intellectual disabilities from the Federació ACELL, during which players from the various teams take part in the popular on-court session.
In addition to the two hosting clubs, the Potter Cup is supported by the Catalan Tennis Federation, the IC Council, the Consell Català de l’Esport and the Real Federación Española de Tenis.
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