Event date: 31/05/2018 - 01/06/2018 Export event Italy and Spain defend Potter Cup titles 31st May - 3rd June 2018 The 46th edition of the Potter Cup was successfully held in Barcelona last weekend, despite some challenging weather conditions. The 2018 event saw fifteen international teams in action together with a Spanish ‘B’- team to complete the ladies’ draw. As is tradition, the event kick-started with a fun clinic in which participants were joined on court by players from the Acell Federation, which provides opportunities for local players with intellectual disabilities. The opening day’s ladies’ tournament action was played at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona-1899 and saw the British team score an impressive win over IC France, who subsequently also lost to Germany, while Italy beat Ireland. The defending champions, Spain, enjoyed a friendly match against the second Spanish team. Over at the Real Club de Polo, the men were playing the quarterfinals, which saw hosts IC Spain triumph over IC Denmark, IC France beat IC Great Britain, IC USA beat IC Germany, while defending champions IC Italy defeated IC Belgium. Saturday’s semi-finals were again played across both clubs. The ladies’ competition saw clear victories for the hosts over Germany, and for Italy over Great Britain to set up a repeat of last year’s final. The national teams from Italy and Spain went on to reach the finals of both events, beating France and United States respectively to set up title showdowns in the men’s and ladies’ competitions. With a dismal weather forecast for Sunday afternoon, some creative scheduling saw the men’s final moved to Saturday afternoon on the agreement of both teams. Spain took an early lead in the final, with singles wins for Alex López Moron over Morco Filippeschi and Carlos Costa Bou over Antonio Altobeli. However, the hosts were not able to press home the advantage as Italy recovered to see Marco Charpentier defeat Jordi Burillo, Davide Scala beat David Valeriano, and Alberto Pertosa outlast Francisco Garcia. The Italians went on to clinch the title by claiming both doubles matches, and duly celebrated their fourth win in the last five editions of the IC’s flagship senior team event. The ladies decided to brave the challenge of the weather and were able to play their finals on Sunday morning. The result went to the wire, with the teams splitting the opening singles matches, which saw a clear win for Spain’s Eva Bes over Gloria Pizzichini while Valeria Madaro levelled up by beating Gisela Riera. Just as at the inaugural edition of the ladies’ event last year, the Spanish team then saw Bes team up with regular partner Paula Cabezas to clinch victory – and defend the title - with a doubles win. The President of the Potter Cup and President of the IC Italy presented IC Spain with a trophy to be offered to the winners of the ladies’ competition. The weekend’s tennis was played in great spirit, with all players expressing their gratitude and their hopes to return to the competition next year. The tournament was also attended by the representatives of the various organisations that support the competition, the Diputación de Barcelona, the Spanish Tennis Federation, and the Catalan Tennis Federation. A video of the event, the completed draws and full lists of results can be seen below 2018 Potter Cup from CTC on Vimeo. Cuadro Potter Ladies (1).pdf Cuadro Masculino Potter (2).pdf EQUIPOS.pdf For guides and competition rules please visit the further Information page to view available downloads. 29th May 2018 A total of 15 national IC teams will be in action; eight men’s and seven ladies’. Due to be played at the Potter Cups’ traditional home of the RC Polo, the men’s tournament once again sees a strong line-up, with teams from IC Belgium, IC France, IC Denmark, IC Germany, IC Great Britain and IC USA due to take part alongside defending champions IC Italy, and the host team IC Spain, runners-up in 2017. IC Spain has named an 8-man team, led by former professional Jordi Burillo and captained by Santiago Tintoré as they attempt to recapture the title for the first time since 2013. The IC Italy, defending champion has signed up with the following team: Meneschincheri, Charpetier, Caldarelli, Spizzica, Scala, Altobelli, Scaiola, Pertosa, Filipepeschi, and Cavallieri, all of them with a former ATP ranking. The ladies’ competition looks to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event and will see seven teams in action at the RCT Barcelona-1899, before moving to the RC Polo for the finals. Defending champions IC Spain will be fancied to retain the title, with last year’s team members Eva Bes and Paula Cabezas amongst those named to the squad. They will face tough competition from the team they beat to win in 2017, IC Italy, whose squad features former pros Alice Canepa and Gloria Pizzichini, best ranking WITA 45, amongst others. The remaining teams due to take part are IC Belgium, IC France, IC Germany, IC Great Britain and IC Ireland. The tournament will also stage its now traditional tennis clinic for players with intellectual disabilities from the ACELL Foundation, 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 Barcelona Town City Hall, the Consell Català de l’Esport and the Spanish Tennis Federation. During the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2018 the Potter Cup was presented, and all of the following people were in attendance: The President of the Council of International Clubs, Mr Peter McQuibban, the President of the Potter Cup, Mr Marco Gilardelli, Mrs Maite Fandos from the Diputación de Barcelona, Mr. Albert Agusti, Presidente del Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, Mr. Curro Espinós, Presidetne del Real Club de Polo, Mr. Jordi Tamayo, President of the Catalan Tennis Federation, Oriol Merce, representing the Secretaria General de l’Esport de la Generalitat, Mr. Juan Mª Tintore, President of the International Club of Spain and Jordi Arrese representing the Potter Cup players.