"It's really hot out here on the courts, but there's no place I'd rather be."
"And do as adversaries do in law,
Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends."
The Taming of the Shrew
Act 1, Scene 2
The most frequently used word at the club is busy. I'm busy, you're busy, he, she, it is busy. Well now, the club, the club is way busy, as the teens might say. We're just packed all the time. And the phone? If you're looking for entertainment, come to the club some morning at 8 a.m. and watch reservations being taken. It's antic, way antic.
And we'll be busy this Monday, Memorial Day. If you've never been to a club cook-out, you should give this one a try. Play is, generally, a little more relaxed. Folks aren't quite so intent on winning, as opposed to...frolicking.
The club's fabled Memorial Day Potluck, Cook-out, Pick-up Doubles, Barbecue, Tennis Frolic takes place this Monday. There is no sign-up required. The club will supply the basics: hot-dogs, hamburgers, condiments, chips, soft drinks, beer and maybe a turkey or two if one or two can be found and the day's temperature is halfway reasonable.
There is a pot-luck part to the party. If your name begins with the letters:
Also, in case of rain, the meal, the non-tennis part of the party, goes on. (Just bring your appetite.)
'Dehydration, if even 1%, affects athletic performance.'
-Barbara Ruhs, Sports Nutritionist, H.U.
Some old pals have been playing at the club lately and we hope to see them on Memorial Day.
Please take a look at the new schedule of clinics. This year the club is offering a number of clinics that we haven't had before, some with our new assistant pros. (The weekly Thursday clinic is not taking place this week because the Women's Team is playing a home match. The Women's Team is mighty powerful this year. You can come and cheer.)
|The next Round Robin takes place this Thursday, June 7, from 6:00 p.m. to closing. The meal will be catered.
|This past weekend in Wilmington, Delaware, New England women won the Addie Cup for only the second time in its 29 year history. Long-time CTC member and CTC singles and doubles champion many times, Esther Williams played both singles and doubles as a member of the winning New England team. The Addie Cup honors four-time U.S. National Champion and 1946 Wimbledon Champion Pauline Betz Addie with singles and doubles competition between four USTA sections: Eastern, Mid-Atlantic, Middle States and New England. Way to go, Esther.
The Reading Tennis Open was started in 1991 by two hard-working, enthusiastic, and passionate players, Lorraine Salter and Kate Kaminer. Area tennis pro, Jason Ronan, co-ordinates both Singles and Doubles weekends. The Reading Tennis Open is intended to be a fun, competitive outdoor recreational tennis tournament, and provides tournament play to all levels and ages of tennis players largely from the Greater Boston area. With easily 250 participants competing in singles and/or doubles play, the tournament is hosted over two separate weekends in early June each year. The RTO is a non-profit, fundraiser for Reading’s high school tennis program, the town of Reading’s spring and summer recreational tennis program and is now going to be helping raise monies to build a brand new outdoor state-of-the-art tennis facility.
Reading Tennis Open
In case you haven't noticed, we've added some features to the website. Check 'em out.
We have a new communiqué from the club's president, Phil Crutchfield. Please give it read.
The club book should be in your hands by now. Much of the information in the book is updated and available on the website.
Some useful links:
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.
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
Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2006. 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 said clicker can read the news pages for the whole year (2006). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take clickers to the previous issue of this year's newspage. (Skywriter is for Initiates.)