Bare and unpeopled in this fearful flood."
"Well, dark clouds rolling in, man and I'm standing out in the rain
Well, dark clouds rolling in, man and I'm standing out in the rain
Well, flood water keeps rolling, it's about to drive poor me insane"
-Stevie Ray Vaughn
The courts, the courts are flooded. Now, we use the term 'flooded' cautiously, like the weather forecasters use the term 'blizzard' cautiously, conscious of the technical definition of a blizzard: sustained winds of x mph and snowfall of y inches per hour. But however technically we look at the situation, the courts are flooded. Like, way. Like, see above.
Let's hear from our readers (and some passers-by):
"It's been raining since the Red Sox lost."
'Floods, tsunamis, Katrina - portentous, wouldn't you say?'
'All that water on the courts? Mother Nature is telling us that it's time for skating.'
'When we eventually emerge from all this water, no one will play here. Everyone will have moved indoors. You'll just get a few screwballs.'
The club's only tournament, Mixed Doubles is rescheduled for next weekend (plan H, previous plans, A-G having been besnookered by rain). Poor Rick is hard at it, rescheduling, dealing with the outraged, the sulky, the hapless, the willing but honestly unable, plus the people who want the courts and have no use for this tournament or for any of its brothers and sisters. Hang in there, Rick.
'I can't play next weekend, I'll be in Paris.
-I can't play next weekend, I'll be in Maine.
-I can't play next weekend: my son has a soccer match.
-I can't play next weekend: my team is in the Nationals in Palm Springs.
(Go Jessie, go Esther. You rule.)
"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.)
Take a look
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.
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.