The Centenary Tennis Clubs Association (CTC) held its 22nd Annual General Meeting in Lausanne on Saturday 24th November, 2018. Four new clubs were accepted as members of the Association; Ladies’ Recreation Club (Hong Kong), Manila Polo Club (Philippines), River Forest Tennis Club (Illinois, USA) and Murcia Tennis Club (Spain), which celebrates its centenary in 2019. This brings the total number of CTC member clubs to a new record high of 74.
The Assembly heard details of the organisation’s activities in 2018, including the successful staging of the CTC Senior Winners’ Group at I.CLTK Prague, and the first event of the Association ever to be held in Ecuador, where it was hosted in the Guayaquil Tennis Club.
Looking ahead, 2019 looks set to be another year of growth, with member clubs including Leimonias (Netherlands), Carrickmines (Ireland), I.CLTK Prague (Czech Republic), Royal Leopold Club, (Belgium), Lawn Tennis Club Festina (Netherlands), Grasshopper (Switzerland) and RCTB-1899 (Spain) amongst those to have already committed to staging events.
The Committee of Management was invited to attend a cocktail at the Tennis Club Stade Lausanne, where they shared their thoughts with the club’s President, Mrs. Michèle Antipas and the members of its Board of Management. The club has expressed an interest in joining the association on the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 2020.
The CTC is an umbrella group of clubs that are more than 100 years old and includes some of the prestigious and best-known clubs in the sport. Initially founded by eight members as a pan-European association, the organisation now has an extensive and truly global membership and is affiliated to Tennis Europe and recognised by the sport’s governing body, the International Tennis Federation. The organisation’s principal sponsor is EFG International private bank.