Tennis Club News

Sunday, June 24, 2007


That idles in the wanton summer air"

-Friar Laurence
Romeo and Juliet

"Tennis is second only to oxygen."

-A CTC Member


If playing tennis makes us happy, we are all very, very happy, no? We gambol and play and rarely miss a shot. We laugh and giggle and never curse or fume.

The busiest day of the week is Tuesday. Go figure. The busiest time of day is 7:00 a.m. Go figure. We could use ten courts at 7:00. Prime time is not so busy. You can call and get a 6:00 p.m. court any old day. Go figure. And the weekends? Busy in the mornings, not so busy in the afternoons. Usually, players depart for the Vineyard after the 4th of July. We'll see.

Lenny, for instance, is here almost every day.

And Renata is playing, often at 7:00.


And let's welcome another of our new staffers.

Miles McAlpin

Miles is from Belmont and currently attends Pitzer College in Claremont, California. This summer he is studying Wetlands Management and Human Nutrition at Tufts University before heading to the Far East to spend 3 months traveling through India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. He won't be leaving until September so you will surely see him around the club this summer.



The staff kindly requests that members observe the rules regarding advance reservations. (Advance reservations may be made from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and again from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) Please don't try to trick the staff, or cajole, confuse, or conjure the staff into giving you an advance reservation at, say, 7:59.99999. No heart breaking stories, please. (My llama is sick. I have to rush her to... I can't wait 'til eight. My Volvo just blew up. I have to save my children. My Golden Retriever just...)

The old house clock was triangulated to the mighty atomic clock in Berne and the Great Cartesian Grid Clock in Oblivia, but now in 2007, we are even more accurate: we use our cell phones and Lennie Singer's cell phone. Lennie's is state of the art. It is something to behold. It just radiates precision. Reservations are not taken until the 8:00 a.m. flashes across the face of what are possibly the most precise timepieces on the planet (and perhaps beyond). (On Thursday last, we reserved 13 court hours in 4 minutes.)



The 'dedicated' court? The club is trying something new this year: a court dedicated all day for the use of the pros. Court 3, usually. The idea is that you members can come to the club any old time and find a pro or a hitting partner and a court and perfect your tennis. The dedicated court is released if no pro has reserved it by 8:00 a.m. the day before. Capiche? (You want a court for 6:00 on Tuesday and they're all booked except for the dedicated court? Call at 8:00 a.m. on Monday. Be happy.)

Please take a look at the new schedule of clinics. This year the club is offering a number of clinics that we haven't had before, some with our new assistant pros.




The next Round Robin, contrary to what the book tells us, is re-scheduled for Wednesday, July 11. It will be social and the meal will be pizza. There will be no Round Robin on July 5. This bit of news is current and official.



In case you haven't noticed, we've added some features to the website. Check 'em out.

We have a communiqué from the club's president, Phil Crutchfield. Please give it read.

The club book should be in your hands by now. Much of the information in the book is updated and available on the website.

Some useful links:

Here's a link to the official Wimbledon site.

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.)



Take a look

at what was happening at this time last year.



Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2006. 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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