The IC of Singapore paid a return visit to New Delhi in Feb 2014. Earlier the IC of India had visited Singapore in 2010. The President of the Singapore IC led a ten-member team and after a practice session(Feb 21) on the lush Green courts of the Delhi Gymkhana Club, fielded a strong team for the official fixture on Feb 22. Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles matches were played. Both sides produced high level of Tennis but the IC of India capitalized on the Home playing conditions including the advantage of playing on the grass, which was alien to the visitors. As usual the Gymkhana Club provided Wellmanicured Grass Courts and excellent on court facilities. Mr. Vijay Chhibber, the President of the Gymkhana, and his wife visited the courts and were seen interacting and socialising with the visitors. Members of the Club too showed interest in the first ever IC tie between Singapore and India. While the IC India’s playing side comprised of younger players, the old IC members were not only seen in the gallery but helped in the organisation of the Tie. Sanjeev Kassal, the Secretary of the Indian IC, captained and organised the Tie on behalf of the Indian IC, however, the logistics were coordinated by Amitabh Sood. His zeal and enthusiasm in attending to details indeed deserves a special mention. On Feb 21, Mr. Vikas Singh, the President of the IC of India, hosted a grand reception for the visitors at his residence during which the mementos were exchanged. In his welcome speech, Vikas reiterated his intention for institutionalising exchange of visits between the two IC’s and Mr. Paul Wong, President of the Singapore IC accepted the proposal and agreed to host the Indian IC at a mutually convenient date. The IC of India invited Mr. XT Tan and Mr. Leslie Lim to the membership of the Indian IC and the Singapore IC reciprocated by inviting Mr. Vikas Singh, Mr. Sanjeev Kassal and Mr. Amitabh Sood to the membership of the Singapore IC. The IC of India organised a Dinner for the visitors at the Tennis Pavilion of the Gymkhana where the visitors enjoyed the ambiance and a variety of the Indian cuisine produced by the Chef of the club. The members of the Singapore IC Were extremely social and have left very pleasant memories of their gentle demeanour both on and off the court. They availed Feb 23 to visit Agra and the Taj Mahal.

Yogesh Prasad
Vice President