Tennis Club News

Monday, June 14, 2004



We've been closed a bit lately, because of the rain. We haven't had much play. But we've had lots of phone calls. Sometimes, during a pouring rain, members, maybe a little frustrated, pick up the phone:

-Hello, Cambridge Tennis Club...
-Are the courts open?
-Well, it's really pouring out right now, I'm sorry to say, so we're closed.
-I was rained out on Tuesday, rained out last Friday, and you're telling me I'm rained out again? Well, thanks a lot. (Loud click.)

-Hello, Tennis Club...
-Are you open?
-No, it's pouring out.
-Well, I'm right over here on Brattle, and it doesn't seem to be pouring. Raining, sure, but not pouring. How about 8:00? Think you'll be open by 8:00?

-Hello, Tennis Club...
-You open?
-No, it's pouring out.
-Well, I have a lesson at 8:00, just a kid, light-weight, won't move much, won't damage the courts?
-But it's pouring out.
-How about 9:00? I have a beginner at 9:00.
-Rick, it's pouring out.

Rick and Avery
We are playing some tennis.

Rick Rose's fabled doubles clinics are up and running. Just barely though: they're often rained out. Very often. But when they're on, they are usually well attended and big fun. They take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Check them out.



The tournaments, the tournaments: sign up sheets are on the porch bulletin board. So far, lightly subscribed.



Club member, Craig Lambert, who is a writer and editor for Harvard Magazine has given us a stylish, pertinent piece on Tennis Communication. Give it a read.



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



Take a look

at what was happening at this time last year.



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.

A reader writes " inform the members that the Newport grass court tournament will run from July 5-11 ; that James Blake and Vincent Spadea have signed on; and that Sunday 7/11 is already sold out."


As noted, the CTC book for 2004 is available. Much of the information in the book may now 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 Activites Page (round robins, tournaments, etc) is also up to date. The Rules page is also up to date and we have been urged to urge our readers to "review the rules and refresh their memories on some of the finer points."

'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 (2004). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take you to the last issue of the newspage.

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