Tennis Club News

Sunday, July 29, 2007


 

"Don't bunt; SWING"

-Steve Counihan


"For the great swing and rudeness of his poise"

-Ulysses
Troilus and Cressida

 

We've been crazy busy here this week and we have a report from Longwood that their 43 courts were so busy that they disallowed singles. Imagine.

Bill Crusco reports from Beverly that all 10 of their courts were busy all week.

And the report from the Vineyard? Kinda slow down there.

 


 

We've been graced with visits from old pals:

 



Sarah sat in the garden for a few sizzling hours and weeded and chatted. And aren't we all glad to see her at it.



Old pal and former staffer, Zander, came in to visit and string his rackets.



And Alex, fresh from tournament play and intensive tennis training.

 


 

We've been carrying on (us?) about 8:00 a.m. advance reservation madness (see below). The time is intense. We thought to call our pal, Nature Girl, and ask about Time.

-Nature Girl, would you care to write something for the newspage about Time?

-Time? Could you be a little more specific?

-Well, specifically, 8:00?

 

The next Round Robin is scheduled for next Thursday, August 2. The meal will be pizza.

 


 

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).

 


 

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.

 


 

William Gibson, of Neuromancer fame, said that the future is already here, but that it isn't evenly distributed. CTC has its share: a wireless router. So, if you have a wireless card on your laptop and you want to go somewhere, check with the staff about our password and send your avatar off on adventures.

 


 

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

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 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

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