Tennis Club News

Sunday, September 4, 2005


-To me, losing 6-4 is the almost the same as winning.




Rick Rose, the club pro, is coming back, badder than ever. He's quickly recovering from his appendix...troubles, and will teach at the club this week. He expects to teach the clinics on Tuesday and Thursday (if he doesn't go to the U.S. Open). Rick is usually out there on the courts in the heat and the glare, teaching a-way. And when he isn't teaching tennis, he's playing tennis. Or watching tennis. Or thinking or reading about tennis. Or dreaming...

Welcome back, Rick. The club didn't feel quite right without you.



Kathleen and Rick



Darkness devours the back courts at about 7:15 in the evening. 7:00 play is limited to the front courts. In the morning, the sunlight hits the top of the trees at about 7:00 and starts streaking courts 1 and 3 at about 7:30.

September is traditionally our second busiest month. (The busiest is June.)

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.



The club is a sort of a tribal center for Cambrige social life. Folks sit on the porch and, well, hang out. Drink some lemonade. And we feature round robins, holiday cook-outs, rentals, parties, girls-night-out(s), impromptu birthday parties. Even early morning birthday parties, even very early morning birthday parties.

Happy Birthday, Barbara.



The next, and last, round robin will take place on Wednesday, September 14. Tennis starts at 6:00 p.m. The meal will be pizza.



"On the court, tennis players exchange not only ground strokes but lots of information. Itís 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?)



Take a look

at what was happening at this time last year.



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.

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