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March 19, 2004

March 19, 2004



A reader writes:

Thank you very much for your disquisition on ducks. It was very entertaining and charming, I'm sure. But what we all want to know is when will the courts be open?

      -Eager to Play

Dear Eager:

When we are talking ice and water and, excuse us, ducks, we are pointedly not talking tennis courts. When the court reconstruction crew can begin to work on the courts, you can count down the weeks, usually about 3 or 4, until playing time. We hoped that the water and ice (yes, ice) would be gone by, say, this weekend. But 5 inches of snow hasn't helped. With any luck the water and ice will be gone by next weekend, the courts will dry out by April 1 or thereabouts and the work can begin then.

And what, you don't like disquisitions? you don't like duckies?



The duck item:

So, the ice, the happy ice, has melted except in front of the porch and over by the backboard. The club looks like a pond. The water is being pumped out, but right now we have Willard Pond. There are four ducks on the pond. Every Spring and Fall, when we have a pond, we have ducks, and we wonder about the ducks. Are they the same ducks returning every year, like the lemmings returning to Capistrano? We asked, in a previous newspage, if some reader, a naturalist, might tell us whether or not the ducks are likely to be the same ducks who live on the pond each Spring and Fall. A club naturalist responded:

Mallards, unlike Canadian Geese, do not mate for life. The male Mallard deserts the family quickly. Mother Mallards care for the eggs and the young. So, when you see pairs of Mallards, they are not the same pairs you have seen last year, but newly courting pairs, looking for a nesting spot. The pond looks good because it is sheltered. The ducks don't realize that the water is being pumped out and that the pond will disappear.



Membership information: Waiting list information can be found in the FAQ section of the website. After folks have been accepted, we will update. Right now there are 29 spaces open, so you can count down on the waiting list to see who will be, or has been, invited to join. Remember to count two spaces for a family.



Take a look

at what was happening at this time last year. (Ice, water, ducks.)



We are leaving the tournament draws up. And again we'll offer our thanks to our Anonymous Friend, the Java Kid, for posting them and keeping them up to date.




And here's the saga of last year's tournaments (so's we can compare and contrast):


And the saga of the year before (we're mighty fancy here, and mighty grateful to the Java Kid for doing all this work):




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

And a club member (let's call him Sol) suggests a link to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. The site is rich.


The information in the CTC book may also be found here on the website. The information is current. The waiting list for membership, as well as a list of new members is up to date. That information can be found through the 'FAQ' page. The 'Governors and Committees' page, and the 'Rules' page are also up to date.

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


The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2003. 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.

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