Tennis Club News

Sunday, October 18, 2015


"The air bites shrewdly; it is very cold."

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Act 1, Scene 4



Sharon on Columbus Day

Well, ya, it is cold and dark and the indoor courts are all open, but let's not wail and lament. Let's play. The sun is out, the courts are great. Let's just play. Wear some sweats.

We've had lots of action:

For instance, our annual Table Tennis Doubles Tournament. And the winners are:



We had great tennis weather and a good turn-out for our Columbus Day Party. Here are some pics:

Alex and Dave


Shi Sheng and Clark



Modestino who not only cooks, but plays

Travis and Liam at the Grill



The last day of play is Tuesday, Nov. 3. (Wailing and lamentations are due on the 4th.)

The club's Closing Party is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 8, starting at 5:00. (Celebrate the season.) Trophies and awards will be presented at 6:00. And, and, and, (you-heard-it-here-first) there will be dancing, dancing, dancing. Think Funk. Really.


We can't ignore the Head of the Charles Regatta. Here is a link to theofficial site.


One of our celebrity writers, Craig Lambert, has a piece appearing in the Sports Illustrated website on a new tennis rating system that is Give it a look.



Jen Radden, Women's Singles
(vs Donna Gordon)

Peter Urban, Men's Singles
(vs Kevin Cummings)

Aleta Cebere / Shana Roberts Jeffrey, Women's Doubles
(vs Jen Radden / Deb Pruitt)

Pierce Harman / Csaba Pazmany, Men's Doubles
(vs Michael Fix / Peter Urban)

Liz Herbert / Peter Urban, Mixed Doubles
(vs Shana R. Jeffrey / David Updike)

Molly Downer, Sr Women's Singles
(vs Faith Moore)

Anthony Herrey, Super Sr Men's Singles

Deb Pruitt / Peter Maggs, Sr Mixed Doubles (walkover)

Sr Men's Singles draw did not play.

Consolation Draws

Guy Stuart, Men's Singles
(vs David Smoyer)

Renata von Tscharner, Sr Women's Singles
(vs Suzanne Ogden)

Marty Miller, Sr Men's Singles
(vs Clark Abt

) Lucinda O'Neill / Carol Streit, Women's Doubles
(vs Jane Bernstein / Virginia Coleman)

Donna Gordon / Modestino Conte, Mixed Doubles
(vs Jana Magnette / Zach Goldberg)

Molly Downer / Bill Winkler, Sr Mixed Doubles
(vs Donna Gordon / Jack Hall)



Our own David Hemenway was brilliant on NPR a few Mondays ago.

David Hemenway

David, as most of us know, teaches at Harvard's School of Public Health and has written extensively on gun control issues. He was quoted last week in the Times in an op-ed by Nicholas Kristoff.)


Here's the link to the podcast:

Dave Hemenway On Point


The website has a tradition of blurbing books written by members. Let's try a new feature: club artists with current or upcoming shows.

We invite all club artists to send us info or blurbs on their shows.



Sign-up for the Tennis Ladder is also posted on the you-guessed-it porch bulletin board.

The bulletin boards are so packed with treats that you can just spend the day studying them, saying over and over, oh my.

The new club court booking system is live. Using it is wicked fun. Give it a try. And note that you can sign up for events and reserve the table tennis table. Like, wow?



Pierce has kindly posted lots and lots of great photos of the tournaments and other club events of last year. You can see, and even download his photos at: Pierce Photos.



A call for contributors: We need some on-the-spot correspondents. Please send us opinions or comments or jokes or observations or pleas. Or stories.


Some links of interest:

Rogers Cup

ATP World Tour

WTA Tennis


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."


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.)




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