Numbers? You want numbers? There are 5 courts here at the CTC, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Not counting hours when the courts are closed for maintenance, there are 64 hours of court time per day. Today, 13 of those 64 are booked. And already we have some no shows. There are 9 hours today when no one is playing. There is no hour when all the courts are booked until Wednesday night's Round Robin. Egregiously deserted here. Egregiously.
And on top of that Marvin and Marcia are saying their final farewells this week. Ouch.
There are heat warnings and health warnings and drought watches, and we agree with the experts, we agree, that you should not exert yourselves, that you should stay home in front of your fan, studying. But, it seems, that if you must play tennis in the heat, there are things that you can say that help protect you from the heat. You chant these sayings, like mantras, as you head out through the haze for the courts:
-Only mad dogs and Englishmen, eh?
-It's not so bad today, not as bad as yesterday. (Or Tuesday, or Friday....)
-It's summer: it's supposed to be hot.
-I love this weather. This is Real Tennis Weather.
Starting 8-8-02, Summer Members may reserve prime time courts twenty-four hours in adance, beginning at 4:00 p.m. the day before.
-The Board of Governors
The next round robin, a catered affair is scheduled for Aug 21, a Wednesday.
Club member, Charles Ansbacher was featured in a Boston Globe article last week. Charles, as you know, is conducting a series of free concerts around Boston and Cambridge with his Landmarks Orchestra.
Unless we are misunderreading the schedule, the concerts today and tomorrow are the last of the season.
The tournament draw has been posted on the special Club Tournament bulletin board inside the clubhouse. We have links to a site with the draws posted and kept current. (Draw sheet formats are beyond the capability of HTML and have been done in java on a site maintained by a Friend-of-the-Club.) The results are pretty much up-to-date, as of 8-15-02.
Note The Finals have been re-scheduled to Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15.
And also Note that you can help us by emailing results to Our Friend. We post results, not scores.
Beyond also note: Please play some matches.
Beyond beyond: The defaulting bird hovers, looking to swoop. Don't let her swoop on you.
Last year the tournaments were...how shall we say it?...hot? interesting? So, since our Friend-of-the-Club is willing to help (she does more than help: she does all the heavy lifting. Java! indeed), we're going to list the draws and outcomes of last year's tournaments. Folks who follow the tournaments online might figure out who our Friend is and tell her thanks when you see her. We sure thank her.
Rick Rose's Doubles Clinics have switched from Mondays and Wednesdays, and are now running on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
He's accepting feedback.
The clinics run from 10:00 to 11:30 and cost $14.00. And they are very popular. Check them out.
Here's a link to the espn site, with pro ranking.
Take a look
Website Update: Events, Members, and Reservation Requests are not active parts of the site nowadays. Timelines is not for civilians.
The Governors and committees page, the Activities page (round robins, tournaments, etc), and the Rules page have all been updated. We thank the folks who have kindly done some on-line proofreading. And we solicit any additional proofreading. Or comments. Or essays, rhapsodies, haiku, bulletins, rants, objections. Or praise. Especially items that we might actually put up on the page. Anonymity is assured.
The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2001. 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 the last issue of the newspage.