IC Singapore visited IC Hong Kong from 10 to 13 October 2015.
The IC Singapore team - XT Tan, Maddie Noda, Cecilia Hu, Iris Chan, Leslie Lim, Marc Koh and Paul Wong - flew into Hong Kong on 10 October 2015. The team stayed at the Excelsior Hotel, which was kindly arranged with the help of IC Hong Kong's Chris Lai.
On 11 October 2015, IC Singapore played a friendly match at the American Club. The match was arranged by Alfred Lim, Leslie's brother, and Alan Hung of the American Club. Alfred and his wife, Stephanie, were to become our de-facto hosts for the entire visit; showing the team to some of the best places to eat in Hong Kong. The American Club ladies were led by the very able Gail McDermott. Alan also secured the services of Philip King, a recently retired top 150 pro. Since we had told Alfred and Alan that our men would all be around Leslie's standard, we now know that Alfred must really be a good brother for telling Alan that Leslie plays at a retired top 150 ATP pro standard. The friendly was played on a morning which threatened to be ruined by rain by turned out to be a lovely morning for tennis. The final score escapes us now but it appeared that the American Club might have edged us in the end.
IC Singapore players with the American Club players on the beautiful artificial clay of the American Club - Alan Hung (second from right), Gail McDermott (4th from right) and Alfred and Stephanie (7th and 8th from the left).
Prem and Leslie in action.
After the match, our team trudged over to Stanley beach for lunch and re-hydration. A great way to spend an afternoon.
On the next day, 12 October 2015, our team walked over the the famous Chinese Recreation Club for our match with IC Hong Kong. We were greeted by Chris Lai, captain, and the IC Hong Kong team of Jenny Lin, Jenny Kwan, Eunice Lu, Vivian Chong, William Lee, Edmond Ho, Stanley To and Louis Wong. The match was played in the IC spirit of "Hands across the net, friendship across the ocean". After an enjoyable set of matches, IC Singapore came out in front 5-3. IC Hong Kong promised a return match in Singapore in 2016.
IC Hong Kong team with IC Singapore - Chris Lai is 6th from the right.
Iris and Cecilia before their match with Eunice and Vivian.
The two Jennys with Maddie and Cecilia
In the evening of the same day, IC Hong Kong hosted IC Singapore to dinner at the WTA event in Hong Kong. IC Hong Kong also arranged for passes for IC Singapore to watch the WTA ladies in action.
The IC ladies at the dinner.
IC Singapore returned to Singapore on 13 October 2015 looking forward to IC Hong Kong's visit in 2016.