Tennis Club News

Sunday, July 24, 2005


Saturday, July 23
What the...?

No one played yesterday between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 2 players played after 4:00. (Is the Vineyard teeming with our members?) And yet, today's schedule is busy. Go figure.



What's up with the ball machine? Isn't it new?

Welll, yes, the club has a brand spanking new ball machine with many features. (Many of us have learned to hate and fear that word, features. No?) The features include spin, speed, height, oscillation, feed frequency, etc. Somehow the designers or manufacturers left out the dependability feature. The machine doesn't work sometimes. Like, no balls come out.

Billy has confidence that he can fix the machine. (The saying goes: Billy? He can fix anything.) He sure knows how to take the machine, any machine, apart. He's "waiting for a piece."



The club's Outreach Program has been active this summer. Kids from Camp Rainbow and other Cambridge Recreation Department camps have been learning to play tennis at the club under the direction of our pros, Rickie and Keith.

There were some folks from the Cambridge Chronicle taking in the action...

Freelance photographer, Zara



We need racquets for the Cambridge Recreation Department's Youth Program. The kids will be using our courts at noontimes during the week. If you have a racquet that you could donate, the donation would be much appreciated.



The Men's Doubles Tournament, scheduled for Sunday, July 24, is cancelled. Any comments?



The next round robin will take place on Thursday, August 4. Tennis starts at 6:00 p.m. The meal will be pizza splendido.


We've heard from some members:

-'These courts are fabulous. I don't think that I've had a bad bounce once all year. Bad calls, yes, but not one bad bounce. And you can quote me.'

-Jim Baldwin

-'At least it isn't humid. Can you imagine this heat if we also had high humidity? I mean, this isn't bad, this dry heat. Heat like in the desert.'




Rick Rose has been mighty busy. His doubles strategy clinics (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 to 11:30) have been howling successes. The kids clinics on Sunday afternoons have also been busy.



Take a look

at what was happening at this time last year.



The club book, right now, should be right by your hand. The website also has up-to-date info. The Rules section, the Governors and Committees and Activities (tournaments, round robins, etc) sections are current for 2005. Also, the Waiting List (which is not featured in the book) is current and ordered on the website. (The Waiting List and the list of New Members can be accessed through the FAQ page.) We thank the committee heads for making the information available in such a timely fashion and we urge all public spirited readers to proof-read.

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



We'll keep the tournament draws available on-line (including all of the results), thanks to the Java Kid:



And the previous tournaments:




And here's the saga of 2002'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):




Some useful links:

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 Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2004. 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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