Court Maintenance: You might have noticed that some courts are blocked off, closed, for a day here and there this week for court maintenance. What's that about? Well, the courts get scuffed up by play right after a rain. That's a bit of a problem. But the real problem is that the courts, especially around the baselines, get worn down by steady, heavy play. They look and feel as if the lines are coming up. The lines aren't coming up: the clay is worn down. So we patch the courts, adding clay, leveling the courts to the lines. Then we need some time for the clay to set up, or as David DeBassio used to say, for the "clay to become court." The courts are closed for the day, but if the weather is hot and sunny, sometimes the courts are ready for play by late afternoon. The staff's recommendation is to stay away from a newly patched court for a few days, even if it is open. It could be soft. The staff will try to patch 2 courts this week and 2 next week and 1 the week after and then they will all be level and true and good.
Rick Rose needs a break, and he's taking one. Next week. His clinic, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21, is rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 20. And the clinic on Thursday, Aug. 23 is cancelled. (We wonder if there is tennis involved in Rick's mini-vac. No, we don't really wonder. Have a good one, Rick.)
Round Robin: The next round robin, a catered affair, is scheduled for this Thursday, August 23. Tennis starts at 6:00.
The defaulting beast is prowling in the yard: don't let him devour you.
Many, many thanks to Kathy Komputerheroine, we have the tournament draws on-line. And the format has been made smaller and a bit easier to read. They are mostly up-to-date. You might help us keep the draws up to date by notifying Kathy of match results. (We won't post scores, just results.)
Thanks to folks who have kindly called or e'd results.
Solicitations: We are always glad to hear your comments on the website and the newspage, but we would be really, really glad if you contributed something that we could post.
Reservations Note: While the CTC website has the capacity to handle on-line reservations, the efficacy of deploying the system is still being debated by the tennis club Board. So, if you click on Reservation Requests, you can see the system, but it is not active.
Take a look at what was going on at the club at this time last year.
The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2000. 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 you can read the news pages for the whole year (2001). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take you to Yesterday's News.