Tennis Club News

Saturday, August 12, 2006



"...Thou canst not hit it, hit it, hit it,
Thou canst not hit it, my good man."


Love's Labour's Lost



HOLLY returns. (Holly is the Fisher Queen: she's been injured, but now that she's back, everything at the club will be well.)



You'd never know that August was vacation month. We've been very busy. We've been very, very busy. The courts have been packed all day, every day, except on weekends.

Let's talk about the courts a bit. They've been dry and dusty and soft. Yes, they have. The staff can't seem to water them enough.

Har-Tru courts are 'fast-dry.' They usually need calcium chloride to hold moisture. So far, this year, the staff has avoided adding any calcium chloride at all because we've had so much rain. Remember the rain? Remember how fast the courts opened after the rain? No calcium. But now we're having hot, dry weather and maybe we need some calcium.

Brushing the courts when they are dry and soft is counter-productive. Brushing dries them out and makes them softer and drier and easier to scuff up. Brushing and watering works, but it's not always handly to close a court and brush and water. Players don't want to give up their playing time.

The staff is good at Har-Tru courts. The courts will be better soon.



Lenny is in contention for playing the most often at the club this year. He's heading out to the courts with Charles and Allen. And good luck to his opponents.

And Len Tucker returns after a very brief break from tennis.



The next round robin, so far lightly subscribed, is scheduled for Wednesday, August 16. The meal will be catered, the weather sparkling, the company scintillating. Tennis begins at 6:00.



The sign-up sheet for the Mixed Doubles Tournament is posted on the porch bulletin board. So, sign up.



The newsroom staff has been frolicking in Truro (boogie-boarding, believe it or not, at Marconi, Head of the Meadow, Long Nook, and Corn Hill beaches, chasing the waves). But the staff is back and eager for reports on what's been going on at CTC. Please report.

The club book should be in your hands always. Meanwhile, much of the book's information is now available on the website. (Thanks to Sheila and Ann for getting the info to us in a timely fashion.) Events, Rules, Governors and Committees are all updated, as is the New Members List. When is the next Round Robin?

The website has a long overdue new feature: a Champions Page (recently updated). Check it out.

The website has another new and important feature, the President's Corner. Check it out.

And we've added new info on the membership process. Check out MEMBERSHIP.



We still have the tournament draws (from 2001 to 2004) available on-line (including all of the results), thanks to the Java Kid. We are re-locating the links, however.



"On the court, tennis players exchange not only ground strokes but lots of information. It's a richly interactive sport, both verbally and non-verbally. If players communicate clearly, simply, and consistently, the game will proceed more quickly, and with less fuss and misunderstanding. Here are a few guidelines that can make the game more fun, friendly, and fair for all...."

We've had some requests to run Craig Lambert's piece, sampled above, on Tennis Communication. (We'd better leave this link up on the newspage permanently.)



Some useful links:

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

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



Website note: The website does have all of the information available in the club book on-line.

'Timelines' is for adepts.


Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2005. From there you can see the whole of the Persistent 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, Massachusetts Forecast

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 (2006). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take you to the previous issue of this year's newspage.


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