Tennis Club News

Saturday, June 24, 2006


"A man whom both the waters and the wind,
In that vast tennis-court, have made the ball
For them to play upon, entreats you pity him...."

Pericles Prince of Tyre
Act 2, Scene 1

"...oh, the Moss creature here, brightest green you can imagine, more burning than fluorescent, lurking over in a corner of the field tonight, shy, stirring like an infant now and then ... or how about the Water Giant, a mile-high visitor made all of flowing water who likes to dance, twisting from the waist, arms blowing loosely along the sky...."

-T. Pynchon


(From the archives.)


Hello, this is the Cambridge Tennis Club...

Hi, are you open?

Hello, hello? I'm having trouble hearing you, what with the din of rain, and cracks of thunder, the sirens of the emergency vehicles. What did you say?

Are the courts open?

What? What? There's a makeshift raft going by on court 1, a family ... They're yelling. I can't make it out...looking for dog, lost in the floods. NO DOGS HERE, NO, DOGS AREN'T ALLOWED AT THE CLUB. The dog is probably drowned. Crikey, the raft just capsized...they're swimming for the roof. What did you say?

I have a reservation: are the courts open?

But, but, we're under water.

How about 2:00? will you be open at 2:00?



The last round robin was canceled due to lack of interest. (Odd, because, generally, when we're open, we're busy.) The next round robin is scheduled for Thursday, July 6. The meal will be catered, the weather will be sparkling, the company scintillating.



The tounaments? have been ill-fated: washed out, indifferenced out. Lenny Singer is indefatigable. Check with Len about the next tournament.



Tom, our friend and club staff member, has some serious health problems and some...attendant financial difficulties. (He is currently on a medical leave of absence.) If you would like to help, please contact Len Singer, or a member of the staff. (Also, please check out the new website feature, the President's Corner.)



The club book is back from the printer and should be in your hands now. Meanwhile, much of the book's information is now available on the website. (Thanks to Sheila and Ann for getting the info to us in a timely fashion.) Events, Rules, Governors and Committees are all updated, as is the New Members List. When is the next Round Robin?

The website has a long overdue new feature: a Champions Page (recently updated). Check it out.

The website has another new and important feature, the President's Corner. Check it out.

And we've added new info on themembership process. Check out MEMBERSHIP.



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

at what was happening at this time last year.



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.



Website note: The website does have all of the information available in the club book on-line.

'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.

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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