Tennis Club News

Monday, October 2, 2017


have been in continual practice. I shall win at the odds."

V, ii, 204


Finalist, Liz, and Singles Champ, Susanna


Well, the tournaments are over. Like, phew. We had some great matches and some mis-matches, great food (thanks to Jenny and Jana and Jessica), good courts (thanks again to the staff (read: Liam), good sports and sore winners. (A sore winner clobbers his or her opponent and then complains about the sunlight, the courts, the time of play, the rules of our club's tournaments, the rules of tennis, other complainers, etc.) We had a good turn-out of fans. We had Adrian:

Adrian in action

The road work on Willard St. is wicked noisy, but continues apace. We overheard some workers on the street:

"Oh ya, the tennis club: maybe we should go in and play some tennis, eat some caviar."

Next up:

Our fabulous Columbus Day Party! Yesss.
Club is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pick-up doubles swing from 10:00 to 4:00.
The club supplies burgers and dogs and drinks and condiments and you supply potluck contributions of great magnitude and splendor.
You also supply good humor, wit, stories, costumes, etc.
If your name begins with the letters, A-M, please bring some fruit or salad (salads are particularly prized cuz we want them and no one brings them, oftentimes);
If your name begins with the letters, N-Z, please bring some dessert.
If your last name begins with the letters, Sch, please bring dazzle.
We are hoping for a fly-over by the Flying Blue Angels at noon, just as the grill goes live.


Let's take a look at some tournament photos, mostly by Adrian:


Peter won the Men's Singles Championship, again.

Kevin was the Finalist.

Senior Mixed Finals: Peter, Deb, Sharon, and Marty
Peter and Deb won again.


Allie volleys


Looking for action? We have all kinds of action:



Skills and Drills Adult Clinics with Doug Eng

Changing to Thursdays

9:00 - 10:30
Starting Thursday, Sept. 7.

For questions regarding clinics and pricing 
please email Doug at:


Take a look

at what was happening at this time last year.




Men's and Women's Doubles are scheduled for Thursday and Mondays. Sign up on-line under Reserve a Court - Events.



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.



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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