Tennis Club News

Monday, June 16, 2008 (Bloomsday!)


 

"And Bloom cuts in again about lawn tennis and the circulation of the blood..."

-Ulysses

 

We boil; we play.



Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 6:30 p.m. 92 degrees.

 

When the temperature was 100 degrees, no one played. When the temperature dropped down to, say, 92, we were mobbed. Usually, June is our busiest month. This year, we're packed every weekday morning, light at prime time and absolutely dead on the weekends. (We would usually be at our busiest on June weekends. What's up? Are members going away for weekends?) Tuesdays are the busiest days, followed by Fridays.

We begin taking advance reservations at exactly 8:00 a.m. How exactly? Way exactly, but, we've learned, not exactly exactly. A member has convinced us that our triangulation of cell phones, cable modems and the great atomic clock in Oblivia are not as dead on as the government website's atomic clock. We note that on-line clocks are subject to computer and modem speeds and so on, tiny variables, no doubt, but variables nonetheless.

So, in spite of the fact that our time is not the cosmically correct time that we previously avowed, we are going to stick to it. We'll consider it local time, or community time. We're going with our cell phones, specifically, the cell phone of the staff person on duty. We also want to note that complaints, recriminations, suggestions, questions, etc, waste reservation time. Members are hitting their automatic, continuous, instant redial, desperate to reserve a court. Just desperate.

 


 

The next Round Robin is scheduled for Wednesday, June 18. The meal will be sandwiches and salad. Tennis starts at 6:00.

 


 

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


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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