Tennis Club News

Sunday, August 28, 2005


-I loved the man (and kid) on the porch responses. You may have found a way to tap into the kindly native warmth of the locals.




Rick Rose, the club pro, is still out of commission. He just had his appendix removed. Get well soon, Rick. We need you.

Rick's clinics, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, will be taught by the club's assistant pro, Keith Warner. Keith will also teach some of Rick's lessons. Please check in at the club.



Darkness falls. on the back courts at about 7:30 nowadays, but it doesn't seem to matter too too much. The crowd has thinned out considerably. The pace picks up again, really picks up again, on Labor Day. Which reminds us:

The Labor Day Party is almost upon us. The club features a Labor Day Extravaganza of all-day pick-up doubles, socializing (moi? you expect moi to socialize?), drinking, watching the U.S. Open on the club's fabulously tacky, blurry, tiny tv (a Cambridge classic, we like to think. It goes with the club's bikes, same vintage, same panache.), and feasting. For the feast, the club will supply, as usual, burgers, hot dogs, tonic, beer, and if the weather isn't prohibitively hot, a turkey or two and chocolate chip cookies. The feast has a pot-luck part to it. If your last name begins with the letters
  • A-M, you might bring some salad or fruit;
  • N-Z, you might bring some dessert;
But, even if you can't handily bring something to eat or drink, even if you've never labored, please come to the party.

Bring your racquet.



Not everyone is on the Vineyard:

Jim and Bob were here to play.

...and we have two (2) machines working.

We fear that Billy likes fixing these bloomin' machines.



We've heard from one of our favorite correspondents:

"I was walking on a path in the woods and came upon a gate across my path. The gate had a sign inscribed with the legend: bird sanctuary. There was a well-beaten path around the gate and the path just continued beyond the gate. I could have just walked around the gate. I could have skipped reading the sign. But I stopped and pondered.

My ponder went thusly:

Birds can't read. How do they know that they are leaving or entering a sanctuary just for them? They don't even know that they are birds. Like the Navajo who don't know that they are Navajo: the Navajo think of themselves as Dine (Deenay) which translates as "The People." Maybe the birds think that they are "The People."

And what does this ponder tell us about club members? Tennis players? Tennis balls?"

-Nature Girl



The next round robin will take place on Thursday, September 1. Tennis starts at 6:00 p.m. The meal will be catered.



"On the court, tennis players exchange not only ground strokes but lots of information. It�s a richly interactive sport, both verbally and non-verbally. If players communicate clearly, simply, and consistently, the game will proceed more quickly, and with less fuss and misunderstanding. Here are a few guidelines that can make the game more fun, friendly, and fair for all...."

We've had some requests to run Craig Lambert's piece, sampled above, on Tennis Communication. (We'd better leave this link up on the newspage permanently. Bettern't we?)





Some useful links:

Here's a link to the official site of the U.S. Open

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

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



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):




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, Massachusetts Forecast

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.

Edit  |  workFlow 

This version is archived at:

 Version: 1476 | Series: 74768