Message from the President
Lt Gen IJ Singh,
AVSM, VSM (Retd)
Once again, I extend a hearty welcome to all the participants to the 2017 edition of our annual three day Delhi Gymkhana Club Bridge tournament. The event, has always had the honour of attracting the country’s top bridge talent and gives the opportunity to our club players to experience the chance to play against, and watch the top players in action. Bridge has always been an important part of our clubs sporting endeavours, and over the years many of our members have gone on to represent the country at prestigious bridge international events all over the globe. At the recently concluded Bridge selection trials at Ahmedabad, two of our members, Ashok Goel and Nandini Prasad have been selected to represent the country in the open and womens team respectively. We congratulate them and wish them all the best in the events that will be held to select the teams to represent Asia at the world teams championship later in the year.
Our tournament has always been known for its fun, open ambience, and hospitality and I am confident that the players will once again experience the joy of this setting amidst the competitive atmosphere of the event. I take this opportunity to compliment the organizing committee led by Maj.- Gen. (Retd.) “Billoo” Suri who have worked tirelessly to put together this event.
No event of this standing can be complete without the help of sponsors. A special thanks to the members of the family of the late Brij Mohan Gupta who have been the main sponsors of this event for many years and who have once again come forth and helped generously. In addition, this year Bharat Petroleum have also stepped in to co-sponsor the event.
I take this opportunity to once again welcome all players and wish them the very best of luck as they “slam” their way to success in the event. May all your finesses work and may your hands get dealt lots of ‘picture’ cards.
About Delhi Gymkhana Club
The Imperial Delhi Gymkhana Club was established on 3rd July 1913 at Coronation Grounds, Delhi for use of the ruling elite comprising of officers of the Indian Civil Service, Armed Forces and Civil Residents of the then Delhi. The Lutyens Delhi was conceived during 1912-1930 and consequently, "The Imperial Delhi Gymkhana Club", was allotted 27.3 acres of land in Lutyens Delhi, during 1928 when the perpetual lease was signed with the Govt.
Mr. Spencer Harcourt Butler was its first President. When India gained Independence in 1947, the word "Imperial" was dropped and it was simply known as "Delhi Gymkhana Club". Sir Usha Nath was the first Indian President of the Club. The Club so far has had 53 Presidents. The club is located in the heart of Lutyen's New Delhi occupying 27.3 acres of prime land. As per site plan made on the drawing board by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens as part of his grand design for Imperial Celebrations, Lutyens Delhi - the eighth in line - was built in an area littered with stones, tombs, domes, ruined walls and gardens of former Capitals - the historic cross roads and battle grounds of India.
The club is primarily a sporting club and has the distinction of having 26 grass courts and 7 clay/synthetic courts with three of them flood lit. The grass courts have been in existence since 1940. The club has an active tennis membership of over 200 and also runs an active training academy for juniors. Despite increasing preference for synthetic courts, the Club maintains its grass courts and can boast of the largest number of grass courts in the country which if not better are of as good as the Wimbledon Grass Courts The Club has the proud privilege of holding several National & International championships including the Grand Prix Tennis Tournament and Davis Cup matches. Some of the top Tennis and Squash Players have played here.
The clay /synthetic courts are the main stay during the rainy season when grass courts are closed. They perfectly align in the North-South axis and are surrounded by thick bushy trees so that the screens are not visible. The lush plants surrounding these courts are interspersed with perennial flowering bushes which lend a pleasant colour. An interesting feature of the club is its location in the middle of an elite residential area. As a result, the Club has tennis almost through out the day. The busy professionals like to play early in the morning combined with breakfast in the club, followed by their house wives later in the evening.
The Club also has 3 squash courts, a covered swimming pool with solar heating facilities, functional through out the year, a dining hall with three bars, a restaurant and a library probably larger than any other club in India with approximately thirty five thousand books with reading rooms for adults and children and 43 transit cottages for its members who come and stay here from all over the world.
The web pages of this tournament have been created by Sudhir Aggarwal