Tennis Club News

Sunday, October 9, 2005


"The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I'll never be as good as a wall."

-Mitch Hedberg



The Columbus Day Party is Monday, October 10. The weather prediction is rain mixed with occasional hopelessness and anomie. We are going to party anyway. Tennis or not, we'll hang and chat and feast. For the feast, the club will supply, as usual, burgers, hot dogs, tonic, beer, and 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 dessert;
  • N-Z, you might bring some salad or fruit;
Bring your racquet. Bring hope.



On Saturday, the courts were, let's say, 50% under water. Today, they are 100% under water. Also, the gravel paths and the lawn are under water. We aren't going to be playing tennis for a while.

Saturday, October 8.

Everyone is playing indoors anyway. Except mornings. We've been very busy every morning.



The club has a renegade member who does not drive a Saab or Volvo, but drives instead:

...a Solstice.
What should we do?



This year's tournaments have been cancelled for lack of interest except for the Mixed Doubles Tournament. The tournament will take place on the weekend of October 15. The sign-up sheet is on the porch bulletin board. We have many entries, but much room. The fee for entering is $25 per person, but, the Tennis Committe tells us, we will have lunch and good things to drink. (Sounds like a tennis party, eh?)



Note on the last newspage: Lucy Fowler once said that the common ingredient in club members was not, as in some clubs, wealth, but rather, education. Well, our last newspage, we misquoted Tennyson and, sure enough, we heard about our "egregious" mistake. Ya gotta love it. We love it.



"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. (We are partial to the pic.)



Some useful links:

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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