Tennis Club News Page

Thursday, September 28

Men's and Women's Senior Tournaments: The tournaments scheduled for this coming weekend have been cancelled.

A Painter of the stars: Sunday's Boston Globe featured a story by Sarah Tomlinson about the CTC President, Susan Miller-Havens. Susan is an artist, a painter, and is having a one-woman show of her work at her studio at 151 Brattle St. in Cambridge. The show is titled "Portraying Exceptional Men."

Susan paints portraits of athletes from photographs. Susan said, "Sports is a metaphor for life as well. People see what they would like to be as a human being. They can identify with the dream of being a hero and they pick people they see as heroes."

Susan has shown work at the Wellesley College Museum, Hofstra Museum, the Red Sox 600 Club, and the Yogi Berra Museum in New Jersey. She has also been commissioned to paint portraits of prominent sports figures including Pat Riley, the head coach of the Miami Heat.

The Globe article also quotes Susan as saying, "It's not that everything about these men is exceptional, whether athletic skill or athletic skill combined with an attitude towards life."

Congratulations, Susan.

Court Maintenance: Sometimes, to the dismay of a member, a court is closed for the day for maintenance. The court is not level: it feels as if the tapes are high, or coming up, even though they seem to be nailed down solidly enough. The tapes aren't coming up. The court, especially around the base line, has been worn a-way. If you look closely, it appears that there is a sort of egg-shaped declivity around the baseline to the singles lines. We add clay, make 'em level. Then the new clay has to be brushed and watered and rolled and baked. Sometimes the court is ready to go by prime time, sometimes not. Sometimes the court is a bit soft for a few days, soft, yet level. There's too little sun now, and too little heat, to patch anymore. The courts are as level as they will get this season.

Longwood: Some of our members are also members of the Longwood Cricket Club. They told us that Longwood has a website, so we took a look. If you want to compare and contrast websites, click on Longwood.

Interactive, you say? The CTC website is inter-active, you know: you can roam around in it, click on links, email the Authorities, have adventures. You can go To Frequently Asked Questions and find answers and links to related questions. You can go to Members and Edit Your Personal Information. You can Request a Reservation. You can click on the weather icon and not only get a weather report, but links to weather info on Sardinia and (really, try it) Mars.

Court Conditions: Superb.

The time and temperature icon is a link to a Boston weather site. Give it a click.

Click for Boston Weather

Joe DeBassio Webmaster.

Website Note: The honey-comb icon is also a link. It takes the clicker to an archive of all the past news pages so's you can catch up on what you missed. The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take you to yesterday's page.

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