Tennis Club News

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


-MACBETH          "If we should fail?"

-LADY MACBETH         We fail!
But screw your courage to the sticking-place,
And we'll not fail."

Act 1, Scene 7


What we want to worry about is our backhands, but noooo, we have to worry about the weather.

No matter how hard it rains, folks runrunrun to the phone and call the club: are the courts open? And the staff, giddily, replies: well, no. I'm on a raft now, out on court 4, checking it out. The ducks and wildfowl are trying to climb in with me. Could you call back later? I'm being, like, pecked.

And the 8:00 a.m. telephone delirium? Keep those calls coming. (Grumps, please be brief: there's a line. (Here's a staff person, in a raft, being pecked by waterfowl who can't handle this volume and intensity of rain and the portable phone rings: It's 8:01! I CANNOT BEGIN TO DESCRIBE MY OUTRAGE THAT THE COURT I WANT IS ALREADY GONE. I CANNOT BEGIN, SIR, I JUST....))



The next Round Robin is scheduled for Thursday, July 10. The meal will be catered, play will be steady and strong, spirits will be high. Tennis starts at 6:00.



Comic relief is a click a-way: (Thanks, Richard.)

Strange Habits (a NY Times article);


Ball Machine (a Flash movie about how the club can improve its carbon footprint.)

Here's a link to the official Wimbledon site.



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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