Tennis Club News

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


"This night I hold an old accustom'd feast,
Whereto I have invited many a guest"

Romeo and Juliet
Act 1, Scene 2



Whit's fete
(Marty, Kate, Whit, Joe, Cora)


...and lo! the Labor Day Party loometh:

The club is throwing a big party on Labor Day, probably the biggest tennis party of the year. Yes. An all day tennis jamboree, with food and drink and socializing and tennis, tennis, tennis. Just appear with your racquet and your appetite. Put your name on the board and play and eat and chat. Maybe the club's glee club will perform. Maybe we'll have a talent show. A fashion show. Maybe celebs. (Please bring celebs.)

The club will provide goodies to barbecue, rolls, condiments, soda, beer, and ambiance. And maybe the U.S. Open on teevee.

There is a potluck part to the partee:

If your last name begins with the letters A-M, please bring some salads or fruit. (Salads are particularly prized.
If your last name begins with the letters N-Z, please bring some desserts.
(If your last name begins with the letters Sch, please bring a beautiful child.)

Guests are welcome, but a prime-time guest fee will be charged.

(Note: in case of rain, the partee will rage on inside. The food, the mood, the fun will prevail over the weather.) Jeepers, this sounds like a good time.

The club has been a bit slow lately, hasn't it? Well, the crowds return from the Vineyard on Labor Day, and after that, September is maybe our second busiest month.


The tournaments have been proceeding apace.

Michael Fix lost to Peter Urban in a semi-final match.

(Fans noted that both players were very generous with their line calls.)


TOURNAMENTS: Updated draws (as of 8-29-13) are posted on the porch bulletin board. And here:

As we approach the semis and finals, we will try to post times of the matches. We will also try to update the draw. If you have any problems with the tournaments or any tennis related issues, any at all, please contact Csaba.

Many of us are glued to the tube for the U.S.Open, at least those of us who aren't at the U.S.Open:

Stevie, Ronnie, Manny

Ronnie and a Friend (How does he do it?)

There will be no "Event of the Week" on Saturdays through the month of August.

Johanne says that the club is 'the vacation spot of Cambridge.'

Having a hard time finding players? Join the ladder or the organized play, take a lesson to improve your game or e-mail Johanne at for some suggestions.




Longfellow Music Series @ the CTC

September is Bluegrass

Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Come enjoy the performance & stay for a light reception.

Donations are welcome & support the artists and future events.

Ricky Mier and musical colleagues from Berklee School of Music

Find out more at

...and, you might take a look at Whit's music blog: Whit has been working a-way on bringing music to the club. Way to go, Whit.

The next, and last, Round Robin will be held on Wednesday, September 11. The meal will be catered. Tennis starts at 6:00.



Pyramidal Tennis ladder starting this spring!

Starting June 1st, the club will have a women and a men singles ladder up and running.

Take advantage of this opportunity to meet more players and challenge your game. It is an exciting way to play more tennis and bring your game to the next level. If you are new to the club, it will be one more way to meet other members quickly.

There is no cost to join the ladder and rules are very simple. You may join the ladder now and matches will start, June 1st.

How it works:

Players will start all equal at the bottom of the pyramid and will challenge someone to a match. Winner will move up a level and looser will remain on the same level. From then on you will be able to challenge players on your own level or one level above.

1.You will challenge an opponent to a match and make your own court reservation for 1 hour.

2.Warm-up will be 10 minutes including serves. Play no ad scoring games and at 6-6 in any set play a 5 points tiebreaker (2-2-2-3), first to 5 points win the set with a score of 7-6 for the set. Win 2 out of 3 sets to win the match. If the match is not finished at the end of the hour, winner will be the player who won most total games.

3. Each player brings a can of new balls, one is open to play the match and the winner takes the unopened can.

4. You must play at least one match per 3 weeks. If you don’t play for more than 3 weeks your name will be remove from the ladder and if interested you will have to restart at the bottom when you choose to do so.

The ladder will be posted on the bulletin board of the club as well as on the club website and will be updated every week.

Sign-up sheets are you-guessed-it on the porch bulletin board.


The ladder is up to date as of 8-7-13. We will try to update tennis ladder play in a timely fashion.

Women's Ladder

Level 5
Level 4      Liz Herbert, Jennifer Sunkle, Jessica Young
Level 3     Faith Moore, Margo Dhaliwal, Mary Tittmann, Sharon Black, ShiSheng Chow,
Level 2    Carol Streit, Lindsay Frazier, Nancy Sinsabaugh, Katherine Radeljic, Julia Moore, Leslie Homans
Level 1    Vicki Volz, Margie Bride, Becky Boyd, Regina Krumholz, Sue Matkoski, Jeannette McInnes, Mary Akerson, Holly Crary,

Men's Ladder

Level 5
Level 4     Peter Urban, Csaba Pazmany, Dan Hogan,
Level 3     Peter Levitt, Slater Anderson, Stephen Kendall, Kevin Cummings, Pierce Harman, Jackson Hall,
Level 2    Eric Aronson, Tim Bancroft, Tony Shull, Charlie Ackerman, Modestino Conte, Stuart Taylor, Blake Allison, Stu Richards, Craig Lambert,
Level 1     Tom Ames, Jaime Dalmeida, Bill Winkler, Wick Sloane, Joe Barbieri, Chris Jeffrey, Chris Kimball, Duncan Reece, T.K. McClintock


We have some sort of reciprocity with the Mt. Auburn Club. What is the deal?

Option I: Tennis Only

Friends of Mount Auburn Club (16 yrs+) – court fee + $2 per player

  • Access to tennis courts 24 hours in advance of play (no cancellations but court may be sold and fees will be refunded)
  • 1 person pays for the entire court at the time of booking
  • 5% Spa discount
  • Guests: During the academic year, CTC guests pay court rental fee plus $2 pp. During the summer, CTC guests pay $20 guest fee only.
  • During the summer, CTC guests pay $20 guest fee only.
  • Additional court availability for special Cambridge Tennis Club scheduled events
  • Locker room access along with steam and sauna
  • Free parking
  • Complimentary towel service
Juniors 15 and under

  • Access to the courts on the weekends with an adult for the court fee +$2
  • Special reduced pricing on MAC Junior Tennis Program
Option II: Tennis and Fitness Center

Associate Member of Mount Auburn Club (16 yrs+) – $180 for the year
  • Access to tennis courts 36 hours in advance of play + court fee (no cancellations but court may be sold and fees will be refunded)
  • One 60-minute assessment with Fitness Professional
  • One 60-minute personal training session
  • One 30-minute tennis evaluation
  • Classes & visits on a space available basis for $10 (must pay at the time of booking)
  • 5% Spa discount
  • Member pricing for lessons (tennis, fitness, Pilates)
  • Guests welcome at current member rate (currently $20)
  • Summer court fees to be determined
  • Additional court availability for special Cambridge Tennis Club scheduled events
  • Full Locker room including steam and sauna and access to pool and whirlpool
  • Free parking and access code
  • Complimentary towel service
Juniors 15 and under
  • Access to the courts on the weekends with an adult for the court fee +$2
  • Member pricing on MAC Junior Tennis Program
Both options are available to members of the Cambridge Tennis Club, but not available to current MAC members.

Pierce Harman took zillions of pictures at the Memorial Day party, most of which can be found at:

Pierce Harman.zenfolio. com/ctc_memorial.

The club book should be in your hands always. In the case of some misfortune whereby the book is not, the website has all of the year's activities and other info up-to-date.



We have another flavorful contribution from one of our tennis gurus, Craig Lambert:

Tennis Ball Management

1. When rallying with three tennis balls on the court, when one player holds two while the other has one, the person with TWO balls starts the rally. This gives a way to decide who hits the first ball.

2. After a point or rally is over, do not return balls to the other player by raining them at his or her back as s/he walks to the baseline. Wait until the player faces you to return balls. The exclamation “Coming!” should never, or almost never, be heard on the tennis court. (Not, at least, not during a tennis match.)

3. In general, wait until you get to the baseline before requesting the return of balls for the next point. Don’t stand at the net and raise your hand to receive balls. It’s more difficult for the other player to hit a catchable ball to you there, and it’s harder to catch one on the fly than on the bounce.

4. When someone’s first serve is a let, call out: “Let! First serve!” Or, if the ball hits the net cord and goes over, but is a fault, call, “Second serve!” Do not exclaim, “Two!” to mean “First serve!” or “One!” to mean “Second serve!”

5. If the server has two balls in hand, start the point. Don’t waste time throwing balls around the court—i.e., by providing the server an unnecessary third ball Usually you only have one hour on the tennis court: use those minutes for playing tennis, not throwing balls around.

6. Similarly, in doubles, start the point when the server has two balls. If, on the receiving team, you have the third ball, put it in your pocket or under your skirt and receive serve. Don’t waste time throwing the third ball to the server’s partner— there is no need of a middleman. When the server needs another ball, take it out and hit it to him or her directly.

7. When a ball of yours travels onto an adjoining court, the standard way to request its return is to yell, “Thank you!” in the direction of that court. That performs double duty by making a request while simultaneously giving thanks for its fulfillment. Please wait until the other players have finished their point, if they are playing one, before yelling this.

8. When you are done playing, pick up all the balls and ball cans (and anything else you have brought onto the court) and take them away with you. To leave such items behind for others to take care of is to be a litterbug. Instead, be an adult and clean up after yourself.



The club has a new member named Pierce Harman who is, aside from being last year's Singles Champ, a professional photographer. Pierce seems to be mighty good at action shots. You can take a look at a slide show of Pierce's action shots of club members: 2012 slideshow. You might also follow the link to the section of Pierce's website to see a whole gallery of CTC pictures.


Some links of interest:

Rogers Cup

ATP World Tour

WTA Tennis



The club is booking courtson-line through a program some of you might know from the Mt. Auburn Club, Bookings Plus. What fun, what excruciating fun! Yup, no more painful dialing and re-dialing and hoping against hope that you can get that prime-time court. You will still be able to call the clubhouse between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. and talk to a friendly, playful staff-person who can enter your on-line reservation for you, but doing it yourself will be so much more gratifying and easier. And did we say fun? The on-line reservation system, as well as our regular phone reservations, will go live when the courts are open. Please note the link to our reservation system over there on the left in the table of contents. The link will also give you a brief tutorial on how to use on-line reservations and thereby increase your fun.

Much to our surprise and de-light, folks seem to be availing themselves of on-line reservations. As we get busier, you might try to click on at 8:00 a.m. exactly.

Note that your passwords have changed. Read the Bookings Plus blurb about the change. It is still easy and wicked fun.



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? Membership for the coming year hasn't been settled, so the book will be a while in the making. In the meantime, the website will be updated as data dribbles in.



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:

"The fundamental question of information philosophy is cosmological and ultimately metaphysical. What is the process that creates information structures in the universe?" Heady stuff, no?Well, the club's own Bob Doyle who works much magic here behind the scenes tackled this little issue in his book, Free Will: The Scandal in Philosophy. And the club's own Craig Lambert wrote a nifty, readable article for Harvard Magazine on Bob and his place in the free will issue. Take a look at Craig's article,

Two Steps to Free Will.

In the midst of renovating garages and ruling vast sectors of cyberspace, Bob Doyle wrote a bit of a magnum opus: Free Will: The Scandal in Philosophy by Bob Doyle. "The fundamental question of information philosophy is cosmological and ultimately metaphysical. What is the process that creates information structures in the universe?"

We have a new book by a club member, 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 should be in your hands always. The website has all of the information in the book except 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.



"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 2012. 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 (2013). 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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