"A heart unspotted is not easily daunted.
" The purest spring is not so free from mud."
King Henry VI, Part ii
Act 3, Scene 1
"That's the most mud I've ever seen. It's going to take a lot of work to get these courts going."
The good news is: the ice has melted. The water has gone a-way.
The bad news is: the courts are covered with mud.
Mud, mud, mud. We understand that folks don't want to read about mud, or see pictures of mud. No, folks want tennis. (Is this the Cambridge Mud Club? Well, no.) But first we have to deal with THE MUD. We had a mighty mild winter. Instead of a skating rink, we had a pond for a good part of the winter. The banks around the pond had no snow cover and they weren't frozen. Heavy rains washed mud down the banks and filled the pond with mud. The courts are just covered. The mud has to be scraped off and carted away before new clay can be added and graded. Oh woe, muddy woe. We'll try to remember to concentrate on the good news and we'll try to rush through the pesky mudding. (For some of us 'mud' is also a verb.) We'll try to open early. We hope to begin working on the courts this week.
The website has a long overdue new feature: a Champions Page. Check it out.
We still have 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.
"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
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.
Last year's club directory, 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.
Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2005. From there you can see the whole of the Persistent 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.