Tennis Club News

Wednesday, June 25, 2003



Folks just wanted to hit a few balls.


People look to the sky:

"Has the shelling stopped?"



What's up with our courts? closed all day Monday and into mid-day Tuesday?

Maybe it's time to chat about how the club deals with floods.
The courts are graded for drainage. The back of court 4 is the high point on the courts, the front right corner of court 5 the low point. (That's why court 4 is open earliest and court 5 latest of the five courts.) The courts are also graded from the middle outwards and downwards towards the clubhouse. After a heavy rain, there are puddles along the edges of all the courts. That's how the drainage scheme is supposed to work. The water drains towards the gravel walkways, which also serve as catch-basins. There are perforated pipes in the gravel that carry the water to sewers on the 4 corners of the front courts. From those sewers the water drains over to the main sewer next to the garden, and from there is pumped out into the city system.

The club's drainage system works splendidly, we think. On Monday, we just had too much water. Monday morning about 95% of the courts were under water. The gravel was under water. The backboard was under water. Part of the lawn was under water. The low end of court 5 was under, maybe, 5 inches of water, court 2, maybe, 2-3 inches of water.

We're doing okay to open at mid-day on Tuesday. Really.

The draws for the tournaments are being made even as we eke. They should be posted on the porch bulletin board today and up on the website very soon after. The names and places were drawn out of a hat (2 hats) on Tuesday evening, the drawing witnessed by many, many, many disinterested members. They, the members, just want to hit a few balls. (See above.)



Club Presidant, Dick Harter wrote a Spring letter to members. There's lots of news in it. Also, he quotes James Russell Lowell. We love the quoting.


The next round robin is scheduled for Thursday, June 26. The meal will be pizza. Tennis starts at 6:00. There will be no rain.


Yipes, the Fourth of July is just over the bloomin' horizon. The club celebrates the Fouth. Really celebrates. We traditionally have a big party: a cookout, potluck, a round robin. All day, all court, come one come all, bring-your-racquet-and-your-appetite, get-down tennis party. It's sociable. You eat, you drink, you socialize, you play. You play and play.
The club supplies burgers and dogs and drinks, the basics. There is a potluck part to the party and you (by first initial of last name) can help complete our feast by bringing:

  • A through G: fruit, or fruit juice (not lemonade, puh-lease)
  • H through O: desserts;
  • P through Z: salads


Club member, Charles Ansbacher will lead his Landmarks Ochestra in a series of free concerts again this year. Check out the website for info and a schedule.



Rick Rose's Doubles Clinics are up and running. They have been scheduled, between drops and torrents and cataracts, for Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Check them out.



Take a look

at what was happening at the club at this time last year.





Here's the saga of last year's tournaments:



Here's a link to the espn site, with pro ranking.

And here's a link to the official Wimbledon site. (Some of us can do without all the royal...blah. But we watch anyway.)


The CTC book is hot off the presses and all members should have a copy by now.

The information in the book may also be found here on the website. The information is current. The 'Activities' page (round robins, tournaments, etc) has been updated, i.e., the schedule of events for 2003 can be found on the website. Also, the waiting list for membership, as well as a list of new members has been updated. That information can be found through the 'FAQ' page. The 'Governors and Committees' page, and the 'Rules' page have been updated.

'Members', and' Reservation Requests' are not active parts of the site nowadays. 'Timelines' is for adepts.

We thank our on-line proofreaders and contributors to the effort to update the website, most especially Lucy Fowler whose help is, as always, much appreciated.


The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2002. From there you can see the whole of the Persistant Archive of last year's news.

Website Note: The time and temperature icon below is a link to a Boston weather site.

Click for Boston Weather

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.

The letters below will waft the clicker to a translation program, so that you can see these deathless words translated to wonderfully unidiomatic French, Italian, etc. (You can use this program to translate web-pages other than the newspage.)


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