Tennis Club News

Sunday, June 29, 2008


"This world to me is like a lasting storm,
Whirring me from my friends."

Act 4, Scene 1
Pericles Prince of Tyre


Alex fine tunes the stringing machine.


Well, ya, we're having a bit of weather, what, but we're playing a lot. When we're open, we're busy, sometimes crazy busy. Way to go, Staff, for opening as soon as possible as often as possible.



Our Fourth of July Extravaganza is nigh. Yes, this Friday, the (duh) Fourth, the club will host an all day, tennis, eating and chatting jamboree.

The club, as usual, will supply the grill, burgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, rolls, chips, condiments and maybe some lime/tequila marinated turkey loin grillers.

There is a potluck part to the party, so that you can showcase not only your play, but your culinary skills. Yes.

If you last name begins with the letters, A-P, you might bring some dessert; if your name begins with the letters K-Z, you might bring some fruit or salad. (Confused? Just bring something good.)

And bring your racket.

The club's Women's Team has done very well this year. Here's a report from Cynthia Ellis:


Players: Maeve McNally, Lauren Norton (captain), Leslie Roberts, Esther Williams, Southie Bundy, Cela Hobbs, Yvonne McQuilkin, Cynthia Ellis, Marjie Bride, Myra Von Turkovich

Subs: Mardee Brown, Cora Abel, Molly Downer, Betsy Burkhardt

Coach: Steve Counihan, and Johanne Gautier

The Women's Team had a very good season - we moved up not one but TWO levels (we won our league last year and would have moved up one level automatically, but asked to be moved up two levels), finishing tied with Arlington for third place in the Women's Suburban Tennis League.

Other teams in the league: Westwood (#1), Medford (!2), Arlington,Sherborn, Sudbury River, THE Country Club,and Winchester. We won 15 of our matches, lost 13 (most in very close matches that often went to three sets. When we have to play indoors, we seldom can get through three matches in the hour and a half that is allotted, so the winner is the team which has the most games when time is up. Ads are not played out indoors, so it can all can come down to 1 point deciding which team wins the game.

The league is 7 weeks long, ending the second week of June. Next year we hope to field TWO teams. We were just a little too late organizing this year to get up a second team.

Kudos to Steve and Johanne for their excellent coaching, and to Lauren for herding us cats. A good time was had by all.


Len swings.


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.

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Click for Boston, Massachusetts Forecast

Joe DeBassio, Webmaster.

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