Tennis Club News

Wednesday, October 25, 2006



"The weary sun hath made a golden set
And by the bright track of his fiery car,
Gives signal, of a goodly day to-morrow."

King Henry VI, Part iii



We're having some bee-ouu-ti-ful days here in Cambridge. And folks are the daylight, but shunning play at night. The expression 'prime time' doesn't mean what it used to. People still play under the lights, but not so many, not so many. Weekends are very busy.

The weather website tells us that we're only getting 10 hours and 38 minutes of daylight today, and we'll lose another 2 minutes plus tomorrow. The courts are slow to dry out after a rain nowadays and the staff is working extra hard to open them.


Rick Rose is hosting a Halloween Costume Kids' Clinic on October 31, from 4-5:00. There will be games and prizes and big fun. Please come.


The Closing Party will take place on Sunday, Nov.12, from 5-7:00 p.m. Please come.


The First Annual Halloween Costume Ball will take place on Saturday, October 28, in the evening. The sign-up sheet is posted on the porch bulletin board. Please come.



Peter Maggs sent us many wonderful pictures that he took at the tournaments. Let's look at a few more.

Joe Cortes and Faith Moore played together in the Mixed Doubles Tournament.

Joe slices and dices.

Adele and Barclay



Many thanks to Peter Maggs for the tournament photos. Peter took zillions of good pictures. Space and download time dictate that we post only a few. (We'll post more at a later time.) Peter invites readers to look at all of his tournament pictures and pictures of his trip to Kenya. Peter's photos can be found at an online photos site:



We like the idea sent in by a summer member and we've had some responses. More are promised.

Dear Webmaster, Over past winters, I have fed a dormant trout fishing habit with titles devoted to the subject. The tradition of angling literature is vast, so finding enjoyable reads has not been a problem. That said, the past few months as a summer member at CTC have resulted in a desire to read about tennis as well. So far, I have enjoyed John McPhee's Levels Of The Game and selected tennis pieces from George Plimpton On Sports quite a bit. Would the CTC website readership be able to suggest further titles for a reader who's interested in "reading between the lines"?

Many thanks,
Summer Member

We'll list the responses:


Stan Cath, Nathan Cobb, and Alvin Kahn, LOVE AND HATE ON THE TENNIS COURT.


Jack L. Groppel, HIGH TECH TENNIS.


Bill Tilden's How to Play Better Tennis.

John McEnroe's You Cannot be Serious.


(And we heard from a reader who recommends a tennis website:)

Tennis Week.

-A Player




The club book should be in your hands always. Much of the book's information is also available on the website. Events, Rules, Governors and Committees are all updated, as is the New Members List.

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

The website has a long overdue new feature: a Champions Page (updated to include the winners of this year's tournaments). Check it out.

The website has another new and important feature, the President's Corner (updated 10-5-06). Check it out.

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

Some useful links:

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 said clicker can read the news pages for the whole year (2006). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take clickers to the previous issue of this year's newspage. (Skywriter is for Initiates.)


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