Tennis Club News

Monday, September 12, 2005

 

"For they conquer who believe they can."

-John Dryden

 


 

The club is packed early in the morning and then all morning long on many days. The club is packed at prime time. The mid-day players have all gone a-way though, the lunch time players. Where are the mid-day players of yesteryear? Jim? Victor? Stan? Roger? Kevin?

Well, some of them are playing at 7:00 a.m. (We have noted that the early morning players don't know the noon-time players who don't know the prime time players who don't know the week-end players.)

Jim Baldwin, for instance, is playing at 7:00. It's whole new world here early in the morning.



Leif and Jim

 


 

We don't go far enough back to rhapsodize about Don Budge's extraordinary play, or to reminisce about the historic match between Tyrone Slothrop and Stephen Daedalus. Federer seems to us newsroom hackers like the best player we've ever seen. No?

 

Rick Rose, the club pro, is back, badder than ever. He's recovered. He's teaching. He's leading the clinics, watching the Open.

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

 


 

Darkness devours (all? no, not all) the back courts at about 7:00 in the evening. 7:00 play is limited to the lighted front courts although some stalwarts are still reserving court 3 at 7:00.

September is traditionally our second busiest month. (The busiest is June.) But the weekends have been a bit slow.

 


 

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:

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):

Phew.

 

 

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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