Tennis Club News

Saturday, January 7, 2006


Some sad news: Long time club member, Bill Hutchison, died on December 16. There will be a memorial service at the Cambridge Friends Meeting House at 2 pm on January 21. We offer condolences to Ginny and the rest of the family. And we'll miss you, Bill.



"I'll ply the fire with kindling and pull the blankets to my chin
And I'll lock the vagrant winter out and bolt my wandering in
I'd like to call back summertime and have her stay just another month or so
She's got the urge for going and I guess she'll have to go

And she gets the urge for going when meadow grass is turning brown
All her empires are falling down
Winter's closing in"

-Joni Mitchell

"How many things by season season'd are
To their right praise and true perfection!"

The Merchant of Venice



Oh, the outdoor season is really over, isn't it? We'll play indoors now, under the funny light in confined, overheated spaces. What else can we do? We'll use this funky, disorienting time to practice, to get better for the next, for the real season - at the Cambridge Tennis Club.

The season is over for the newspage too. This newspage will play through the winter. The rest of the website lives on in the winter and the links remain alive. You can always scroll down to the bottom of the newspage and fiddle with the links that take you on a ride to archived newspages of yesteryear. (Where are the newspages of yesteryear?)

We thank our contributors, especially Ishmael, Nature Girl, and Tennis Tigress. Thanks always to Bob Doyle and the SkyBuilders gang who created the software underlying the website. We also thank our readers.

The club opens sometime in late April, early May. The annual meeting and party is usually held on the first Monday in March. Shortly before the party we'll spring into action and post whatever news we've gleaned during the winter. The winter, the winter.



The club, or more specifically, the club's Tennis Committee, would like to hear from you.The issue of the club's purported dress code has come to the fore. At the meeting, the committee made available a very short survey concerning dress codes and tournaments. We have it available for download and printing, here on the website. Please fill it out and drop it off at the club, or mail it in. Takes just a sec.



"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.)



Take a look

at what was happening at this time last year. (An animation.)



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 (from 2001 to 2004) available on-line (including all of the results), thanks to the Java Kid. We are re-locating the links , however.




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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