"For that's the golden mark I seek to hit"
King Henry VI, Part ii
Act 1, Scene 1
Tournaments are raging. Seems like folks are fired up by watching the U.S. Open. (Did every member watch every match? A lot of the matches in person, in NYC?) And folks are fired up by the CTC tournaments. We had 16 teams in the Mixed Doubles tournament which took place last weekend. Michelle Schaffer and David Hemenway defended their title. Congratulations to our champions.
Next up is the Women's Doubles and Men's Singles - this weekend. The draws and times are posted on the porch bulletin board. The tournaments, especially the Finals, are fun to watch. (We find the women's tournaments to be...intense.) And there's food and things to drink.
The advent of Fall was precipitous, no? Somebody flicked a switch, dimmed the light. Coolth descended. Sunlight streaks the back courts now at about 7:30 a.m. Darkness devours the back courts now by, say, 7:30ish p.m., but many people are playing on through. Getting a front, lighted court at 7:00 p.m. nowadays requires a call to the club at exactly 8:00 a.m. Like, exactly. People call at 7:59 and the staff lets the phone ring and ring until 8:00 strikes. Let us all use our cell phones for exact times. Let us be patient with the staff. The phone explodes at 8.
September is usually our second busiest month. (June is the busiest.)
|The next and last round robin is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13. (Why, that's tonight.) The meal will be pizza. 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.
The Tennis Committee
Cambridge Tennis Club
Cambridge Tennis ClubSep 9 and 10
Tournaments Schedule and Format
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:
- Mixed Doubles
- Men’s Doubles, if the Mixed Doubles is not rained out on Sep 9 and 10
- Women’s Singles, if the Men’s Doubles is not rained out Sep 23 and 24
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.
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.
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.