Tennis Club News

Sunday, August 27, 2006



"'Twere good, I think, your lordship sent him thither:
There shall he practise tilts and tournaments,
Hear sweet discourse, converse with noblemen.
And be in eye of every exercise
Worthy his youth and nobleness of birth."

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
I, 3



The garden is looking good. Thanks Dave.



We had a bit of busyness last week, didn't we? And, while Cambridge seems deserted and the Vineyard packed, we've had such good weather that anyone around comes around. We've had all five courts booked at 7:00 a.m. and the lighted courts booked at 9:00 p.m. and lots of play in between. Saturday was so perfect here at the club that the concept of going away for vacation seemed, um, peculiar. A vacation from paradise?

Darkness eats the back courts now by, say, 7:45, but many people are playing on through. Or into.

The Labor Day Bash is approaching. Yes, Monday, September 4 is IT. The club will celebrate with all-day pick-up doubles, a barbecue/potluck, jamboree. The courts are open all day, no reservations will be accepted.

There is a potluck part to the party. If your last name begins with letters from A-M, please bring some desserts, if N-Z, how about bringing some fruit or salad. Or, you can wing it: bring your favorite potluck dish.

In case of rain (no rain, no rain), the party part of the day goes on without tennis. We'll turn on the music.



Alex and Marlies.



The next round robin is scheduled for Thursday, August 31. The meal will be catered, the weather sparkling, the company scintillating. Tennis begins at 6:00.



Joe Cortes says, it's tournament time:

As our president, Phil Crutchfield, noted in a recent e-mail, the Tennis Committee and Board of Governors voted to re-schedule the rained out Men's and Women's Doubles tournaments from June for this coming September. We have also scheduled rain dates for all the tournaments for this coming early fall. You will find below the fall tournament schedule and play format.

There will be food and refreshments throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday of tournament weekends. The Board of Governors has voted to reduce entry fee per player to $20. Players may enter by signing up on sheets posted on the bulletin board and in the clubhouse, or by asking Club staff to add their names to the sign up sheets. Sign up deadlines will be the Monday prior to the weekend the tournament is to be held.

Summer members are allowed to enter the tournaments. Players who wish to play in the doubles tournaments but have trouble finding a partner, please inform Joe Cortes (617-283-5387) or Lenny Singer (617-593-5400) so they can pair you up.

We have designed the tournament weekends to be special Club events for all. Please sign up, participate and meet/play with other Club members. If you are not able to play, please stop by and enjoy viewing the action.

In spite of continued inquiries by members, we will not be able to re-schedule the previously rained out Parent Child Tournament this season as there is no room on the schedule.

Thank you.

The Tennis Committee
Cambridge Tennis Club

Cambridge Tennis Club

Tournaments Schedule and Format

Sep 9 and 10
Draw A: Mixed Doubles

Sep 16 and 17
Draw A: Women's Doubles
Draw B: Men's Singles

Sep 23 and 24
Draw A: Men's Doubles
Draw B: Rain Date for the Mixed Doubles

Sep 30 and Oct 1
Draw A: Women's Singles
Draw B: Rain Date for the Men's Doubles

Oct 8 and Oct 9
Draw A: Rain Date for the Women's Singles
Draw B: Rain Date for the Men's Singles
Draw C: Rain Date for the Women's Doubles

The Tennis Committee reserves the right to amend the following weekend tournament schedule in the event of uncertain weather or larger or smaller draws. The schedule for each weekend shall be:

Round of 16
For draws larger than 8 entrants, all matches prior to the Quarterfinals shall be played by the Friday night before the Saturday quarterfinals.

8:30 AM -- Draw A Quarterfinals
11:00 AM -- Draw B Quarterfinals
1:30 PM -- Draw A and Draw B Semifinals

10:30AM -- Draw A and Draw B Finals

Consolation draws for losers of their first matches will be held for the following draws:

Consolation match schedules will be set the Friday of the weekend the event is held.

The schedule for Oct 8 and 9 shall be determined based on how many tournaments are rained out for play on that date.

Match format for all rounds prior to the finals shall be a 10 game pro set with no ad scoring. All Finals shall be best 2 out of 3 sets with 12 point tiebreaker at 6-all in the set.

Joseph Cortes
(617) 283-5387



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 Waiting List for membership is posted online. You can find it, in chronological order, of course, in the FAQ section of the website.

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.

Some useful links:

In case you missed David Foster Wallace's profile of Federer in last week's Times (sold out on the Vineyard before you awoke maybe?) here's a link: Federer.

(Thanks, Wyatt.)

And a link to the official U.S. Open site. (Thanks, Ishmael.)

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.

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.)



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

'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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