Tennis Club News

Sunday, July 1, 2007


"Love and love."

-Joe Green


Dave and Michelle were married today.

David Hemenway,

last year's triple crown winner at the club, won a golden prize.

Michelle Schaffer

The club is happy for you. Way happy. Congratulations and best wishes.



Oppressive heat and the lure of the Vineyard have slowed the club down a bit. But Summer Membership started today. Welcome to our new summer members. We recommend that you come to Sundays' pick-up doubles, and to the round robins. Meet some folks, play some tennis. We recommend that you check in with a staff person, identify yourself, and ask about signing in and chits and official procedures (yes, we have some) so's to avoid being fined and to learn which court is which and so on. We also recommend that you come to:

Our annual Fourth of July Potluck, Round Robin, Barbecue, Tennis Jamboree. We'll have lots to eat and drink; the grill will be going all day and there will be tennis galore. Just show up with your racket and your appetite.

The club will supply barbecue basics: hot dogs, hamburgers, beer, soft drinks, condiments. There will be no turkey. (No turkey? My outrage knows no bounds. What kind of a club is this?), We will try to have some interesting things to grill. (Maybe we can find some lime/tequila marinated turkey tenderloins.)

There is a potluck part to the party. If your name begins with the letters: A-J, please bring some dessert; if your name begins with the letters K-Z, please bring some fruit or salad. Now, you aren't, like, required to bring anything. The above are suggestions. But please come and eat and play.

And let's welcome another of our new staffers.

Bill Hibbard

Billy is originally from Belmont, MA but is now living in Brookline. He is currently enrolled in Boston University and will be a Junior this coming fall. He is majoring in B. U.'s School of Management and will possibly continue on towards graduate school for either Law or Business. Outside of academic life, Billy has been initiated as one of the Founding Fathers of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Boston University. He has maintained positions on the executive council for the past two years and is motivated to expand his fraternity's positive influence on both the campus and throughout the community. He is also an avid Red Sox fan and loves following New England sports. This is his his second summer working at the Cambridge Tennis Club and he is excited to meet all of you!



The staff kindly requests that members observe the rules regarding advance reservations. (Advance reservations may be made from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and again from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) Please don't try to trick the staff, or cajole, confuse, or conjure the staff into giving you an advance reservation at, say, 7:59.99999. No heart breaking stories, please. (My llama is sick. I have to rush her to... I can't wait 'til eight. My Volvo just blew up. I have to save my children. My Golden Retriever just...)

The old house clock was triangulated to the mighty atomic clock in Berne and the Great Cartesian Grid Clock in Oblivia, but now in 2007, we are even more accurate: we use our cell phones and Lennie Singer's cell phone. Lennie's is state of the art. It is something to behold. It just radiates precision. Reservations are not taken until the 8:00 a.m. flashes across the face of what are possibly the most precise timepieces on the planet (and perhaps beyond). (On Thursday last, we reserved 13 court hours in 4 minutes.)



The 'dedicated' court? The club is trying something new this year: a court dedicated all day for the use of the pros. Court 3, usually. The idea is that you members can come to the club any old time and find a pro or a hitting partner and a court and perfect your tennis. The dedicated court is released if no pro has reserved it by 8:00 a.m. the day before. Capiche? (You want a court for 6:00 on Tuesday and they're all booked except for the dedicated court? Call at 8:00 a.m. on Monday. Be happy.)

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.



William Gibson, of Neuromancer fame, said that the future is already here, but that it isn't evenly distributed. CTC has its share: a wireless router. So, if you have a wireless card on your laptop and you want to go somewhere, check with the staff about our password and send your avatar off on adventures.


The next Round Robin, contrary to what the book tells us, is re-scheduled for Wednesday, July 11. It will be social and the meal will be pizza. There will be no Round Robin on July 5. This bit of news is current and official.



In case you haven't noticed, we've added some features to the website. Check 'em out.

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 official Wimbledon site.

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

at what was happening at this time last year.



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.

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 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.)

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