Tennis Club News

Thursday, October 20, 2011



"Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia"

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Act 4, Scene 7



Porch scene, Columbus Day Party


The Women's Double Finals will take place here on Saturday, October 22, (note change) starting at 9:00 a.m. Schaffer/Ercolani vs Greenup/Hobbs. Some match-up. You'd hate to miss this one. You would.

We've been rained out a lot. And the season is really winding down dramatically. Just a few weeks ago, folks were fighting over prime-time courts. Not now. Anyone want a court at 6:00? The back courts are all done by 6:00 now.

We have some photos from the Columbus Day Party:

Ken and Lucinda

Liz (where have you been?), Molly, Faith (where have you been?) and Ken

A member of the fierce persuasion



And the winding-down winds a bit more:

The Closing Party is scheduled now for Monday, November 7th, 6-8 pm. (The date and time is official and, we are told, will not be changed.) We'll have some soft drinks and some beer and wine and gourmet nibbles and we'll laud our helpers and say goodbye to folks we won't see again til Spring. Please come.

Also, please note that the closing day, the last day of play, will be Friday, November 11. (11-11-11.) We will have some good weather til then, we hope, and usually, the courts firm up somewhere in that time and approach perfection. Come play.



And again the club has been hit hard:

Long-time club member, former Board member, and friend, Eric Wodlinger died recently. Eric was a cheery, witty guy, a pleasure to be around and to play with. We will miss him.

A memorial service is planned for November 5 in the Story Chapel at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge (, probably around 3 PM.

Another sad note:

Long-time member and friend, Gil Curtis, died on October 15. Gil has been sick for a while and hasn't been able to play. But not too long ago, he played here a lot. He was a convivial and smart player and a great guy. He will be missed.

A memorial service will take place for Gil in the Spring.


And we suppose we suppose that we should mention that the Head of the Charles Regatta will take place this weekend. Parking around the club will be difficult. You could come watch the Women's Doubles and then take in a race or two. (Please wear your sweatshirts tied loosely around your shoulders for the Regatta, but not for the Doubles match.)



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:

Our newest book by a club member is Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports, by club member, Susan Ware. The book is: A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Sports Book.

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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