Tennis Club News

Wednesday, June 29, 2011



"Seems wet here. Did it rain?"

-A Prominent Member

"And make a sop of all this solid globe"

Troilus and Cressida
Act 1, Scene 3"


So here's a member walking in through the gate, during the rain, racquet in a backpack covered in some makeshift tarp to protect it from the downpour, sees the courts flooded, the gravel flooded, the world flooded, looks out on the watery wasteland that was courts, shrugs, leaves. The staff shrugs back, bigger shrug. (Staff members are expert shruggers, really experienced.)

Sposeta be a great weekend, warm, sunny, good tennis weather for the Fourth. Oh yes, the Fourth:

The famous Fourth of July Barbecue, pot-luck, round robin, tennis and social jamboree will take place on Monday, the Fourth. All food, all fun, all day. If you've never frolicked in one of our Summer parties, you really should give it a try. You just show up with your racquet and put your name on the board and play, take a break, eat, play, eat, hang. The parties are social and always wicked fun.

The club supplies barbecue basics: dogs, burgers, various other tasty treats for the grill, condiments, beer, soft drinks, chips, ambiance. There is a potluck part to the party. (Contributions are appreciated, but not necessary.) If your last name begins with the letters A-M, please bring some dessert. If your last name begins with the letter N-Z, please bring some salads or fruit. (As always, salads are particularly prized.)If your name is Audrey, please wear something patriotic and bring your parents.

AND we have a brand new gleaming grill, thanks to the efforts of Susan Miller-Havens, that is worth the price of admission to see, never mind use.

We are hoping for a performance of the CTC Bugle and Tap Dance Troupe. Not to be missed.

We've had mighty rain and lots of drizzle, but we've been open whenever we can be open, a court at a time. Let's hear it for our hard-working staff, especially Tom.

Sign up for the club's Singles Tournaments. The early rounds will be self-scheduled and finals and semis will be scheduled for Sept. 17

In case you haven't been in the clubhouse lately, you should know that we now have a ping-pong table (thanks to Marty Miller), and we have a 46" tv (thanks to Bob Doyle who not only donated it, and lugged it, but built the mount for it and hung it), meant for tennis watching. So you can ping and watch. Maybe you could also emulate Marty and Bob and donate something. Some new paddles and balls? A chess set? A pool? Some sun?

June is usually our busiest month. Some folks are in a bit of a snit about court availability. Competition for courts is, er, warm in June. Please smile on your reservation-taker.

Speaking of court availability: you can get a court any old time on Mondays and often on Saturdays. To get a court on Tuesday, Friday, or Sunday, .... Good luck.

And let's take a look at some more Memorial Day pics:


Lennie, Liz and Tim

John and Julie

And, wait is that Kevin there with Bill?


The next Round Robin is scheduled for this Wednesday, July 20. The food will be catered. Tennis starts at 6:00.



Craig Lambert wrote a must-read article for Harvard Magazine about Bruce Wright's take on the 'high set' stance and movement in tennis. Take a look: High Set The article is accompanied by a separate video demonstrating the technique. High Set Video Thanks, Craig, for sending this nifty technical riff along to us.

The book? The club directory should be in your hands, always, but the website has been updated with this year's info.



We are going to try out a new feature on the newspage. Let's call it The Book Blurb. The Blurb will note books not necessarily about tennis, but authored by CTC members. So, if you members have recently, or maybe not so recently, written a book that you'd like blurbed, please let us know.

Let's start with:

We have some new books from club member, Julie Baer:

Love Me Later

Julie Baer presents us with a unique book. Her fantastic artwork depicts nature and people in a special way. --

I Only Like What I Like

"CHILDREN BEWARE –will have you trying the untried, 'cause it's FUN! The collages fill you up to the eyeballs."

Take a look at: William P. Homans, Jr., A Life in Court, by Mark S. Brodin. Bill Homans was a long time member of the club with "a storied legal career." A lot of folks at the club knew and liked Bill. He could tell a story or two, couldn't he?

We want to mention New Classic American Houses, a book by Dan Cooper about the architecture of Albert, Righter, and our own John Tittmann. "New Classic American Houses is an architectural page-turner brimming with creative interpretations of traditional forms."

Hot off the presses, a new book by Faith Moore, Celebrating a Life, Planning Memorial Services and Other Creative Remembrances. "Celebrating a Life" provides the ideas, inspiration, and how-to advice needed for creating a meaningful memorial service. Light-hearted but sensitive, this thoughtful guide covers it all."
While We Were Sleeping by David Hemenway.

"This book powerfully illuminates how public health works with more than sixty success stories drawn from the area of injury and violence prevention."

The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development by Rick Weissbourd.

The New Yorker review said, "In this ardent and persuasive inquiry, Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist, warns that 'happiness-besotted' parents do children a disservice by emphasizing personal fulfillment over empathy."



The club directory for 2010 should be in your hands or by your side all day, every day. But, should something untoward befall you and the directory isn't handy, all of this year's information is available on the website, except for membership information.

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.



The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2010. 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 said clicker can read the news pages for the whole year (2011). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take clickers to the previous issue of this year's newspage.

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