Tennis Club News

Sunday, October 26, 2003



Heavy frost on October 25, 8:00 a.m.
Sun hits the tops of the trees, but not the court.


A bit slow here at the Cambridge Tennis Club. On Saturday, we had a big ol' frost. It hit the garden hard. The lawn was all white. On Wednesday, a nice cloudy, cool day, we had two people play at 8:00 a.m. and two people at 6:00 p.m. and no one else. Rick Rose, doughty as he is, cancelled all his lessons that day. Rick Rose? Cancel lessons? Yep, that's how deserted we are.
And yet, we're open.


Wait a sec, wait a sec, what's with....?

So, what's up with the stairway to nowhere over by court one? (Wild rumors are circulating. Wild rumors.) We notice:

  1. the stairs are Billy-built;
  2. they don't go anywhere.

And if you've been around at all lately (you haven't), you'd have noticed Skating Club Folks, architects, engineers, and contractors bustling about. And meeting in the clubhouse.

Well, we all know that the deck and the stairs and the entranceway are being re-built by the Skating Club, don't we?

For the newspage, we briefly interviewed a member of the Skating Club's Board and asked why, exactly, all this was happening. She replied as the official voice of the Skating Club, albeit anonymously:

'There were several people injured in falls on the stairs during last year's tennis season, and the Tennis Club was concerned about the danger presented by the stairs. So the Skating Club agreed that the stairs and entranceway needed reconfiguring. The porch is also a wreck and is badly in need of being rebuilt.

Rather that doing the two projects separately, over the course of a few years, the Skating Club thought to combine the projects. While the porch and stairs are being dug out and hauled away, tennis players will be able to access the courts via the temporary stairs beside court one.'

Construction is expected to take about 2 weeks and is to begin on November 3.



The End of the Season Party will be held on Monday, November 3, from 5:00 to 7:00. The party will feature wine, beer, soft drinks and gourmet nibbles. Tournament winners will be announced and awards presented.



The End of the Season Tennis Ball Sale: Balls will be sold by the case, at the price of $60.40 ($2.40 a can). Right now, we don't know how many cases we will have left at the end of the season, but you can put your name down on the list posted on the porch bulletin board.


Rick Rose is going to teach tennis this winter at MIT. If you want to schedule a lesson with Rick at MIT, give him a call at the club or at his home.



We have the tournament draws up and up-to-date, thanks to our Anonymous Friend, the Java Kid. )

Please note that we posted tournament results, but not scores.




And here's the saga of last year's tournaments (so's we can compare and contrast):


And the saga of the year before (we're mighty fancy here, and mighty grateful to the Java Kid for doing all this work):




Rick Rose's Doubles Clinics are up and running. They have been scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Check them out.



Take a look

at what was happening at the club at this time last year.



Here's a link to the espn site, with pro ranking.

And a club member (let's call him Sol) suggests a link to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. The site is rich.


The CTC book is hot off the presses and all members should have a copy by now.

The information in the book may also be found here on the website. The information is current. The 'Activities' page (round robins, tournaments, etc) has been updated, i.e., the schedule of events for 2003 can be found on the website. Also, the waiting list for membership, as well as a list of new members has been updated. That information can be found through the 'FAQ' page. The 'Governors and Committees' page, and the 'Rules' page have been updated.

'Members', and' Reservation Requests' are not active parts of the site nowadays. 'Timelines' is for adepts.

We thank our on-line proofreaders and contributors to the effort to update the website, most especially Lucy Fowler whose help is, as always, much appreciated.


The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2002. From there you can see the whole of the Persistant Archive of last year's news.

Website Note: The time and temperature icon below is a link to a Boston weather site.

Click for Boston Weather

Joe DeBassio, Webmaster,

Website Note II: The honey-comb icon is also a link. It takes the clicker to an archive of all the past news pages so that you can read the news pages for the whole year (2001). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take you to the last issue of the newspage.

The letters below will waft the clicker to a translation program, so that you can see these deathless words translated to wonderfully unidiomatic French, Italian, etc. (You can use this program to translate web-pages other than the newspage.)


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