We've been closed by rain a lot lately. We would expect that when we're open, the courts would be packed. But it feels like people are giving up, maybe playing video games instead of tennis. June is usually the busiest month of the year. And yet, the courts are deserted.
We've heard from some members recently:
-I wanted to let you know that I really liked the Craig Lambert piece (on Tennis Communication - see below). He made a lot of good points. I only wish my playmates would read it. Thanks for posting it. We should print it and put it up on the bulletin board.
-The way I look at it is this: Summer is June, July and August: 3 months. (I don't care about the solstice and all of that.) So, in June we've had 2 weeks of cold and rainy weather. That equals 1/6 of the summer. We have a long way to go and I'll play lots of tennis.
-Considering how much rain we've had, the courts are in great shape.
-How come the courts are closed so often? Is there a problem with the drainage system?
-Can't we do something about the people in the park? They are very distracting.
-I can't get into a rhythm of playing this year: I'm always rained out of my regular game. What should I do?
-Can't we do something about Brattle St.? The construction, I mean.
-Can't we do something about the parking situation, the lack of, I mean.
-Loved the Walt Whitman quote.
-Can't you do something about the weather? I mean, really!
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.|
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We are leaving previous 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 "....to 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.
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.