Tennis Club News

Monday, July 22, 2008


"Thus is the shepherd beaten from thy side,
And wolves are gnarling who shall gnaw thee first."

King Henry VI, Part ii


Let us talk a bit about reservations. First, if 20 people call at exactly 8:00 a.m., someone is going to be answered first. Someone else will be second and so on. Makes sense, doesn't it? Maybe not, because every morning we hear, I called at exactly 8:00 a.m. and the line was busy. I can't begin to express my blah. I'll tie up the line expressing my blah.

We suggest that making reservations is part of the game (of tennis). Some of us see it that way. On many beautiful mornings the staff person sits in the office with a crowd. There's another crowd at the window, chatting, laughing, yucking it up, all with cell-phones in hand, waiting for 8:00. Folks wrestle, playfully, for the schedule. They brawl, jokingly. They laugh at the callers on the machine describing how many household clocks say 8:00 (three, I have three phones that all say 8. I have 42 clocks that say 8. All of them are accurate.) Early callers without cell phones, your calls are broadcast on the message machine. The brawlers laugh.


Here's yet more pics from the party on the Fourth (thanks to Richard Homonoff):




Here's some pics from the group lesson on Friday:




The next Round Robin is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23. Now, the book and the Activities section of the website tell us that this Round Robin will be catered, but the food will in fact be salad and sandwiches. Round Robins have been somewhat lightly attended lately, but folks are very pleased with the play and the format and the spirit. And the food. Tennis starts at 6:00.


The club's Outreach Program is in full swing. And beyond. We have kids' camps here every day during the week from approximately noon to 2:00 p.m. The kids are having a ball. Our pros? Out there with a million kids in the heat of the sun? They're having a ball, too. The kids seem to love the experience. They smile. They laugh. They drink lots of lemonade.

And you all received the email from Johanne about current programs at the club. Let's post it for quick reference:

There are a few changes in the schedule for July. We are postponing the *Mix and Match* for a while. We can no longer have Mix and Match on Mondays, noon to 2:00 p.m., because the courts are being used for the Community Outreach program for Cambridge Kids. The program is wonderful. It gives the kids the opportunity to learn the basics of tennis and to develop their interest in the game. The kids will be at the club every day from noon to 2 p.m. for the following 6 weeks (until mid-august). Thanks to all members for sponsoring this program. I will keep you posted on when the Mix and Match will resume.

On the other hand, *Monday night Men's Doubles and Tuesday night Women's Doubles* have been very well attended. Those two nights offer great opportunities to play some serious fun tennis. You may join in on a weekly basis at the cost of $8/week. The courts are reserved, we have a line-up ready and we provide new balls. To participate, just call or e-mail Johanne at : (617) 710-9465 / by Thursday of the previous week if you would like to play the next Monday or Tuesday.

Just letting you know there is a limited budget for the *free half hour lesson*. Only 200 free half hour lesson left. Don't hesitate to book one now.

We are still offering *group lessons* as follow: *Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon*: Low intermediate players. Focus on doubles positioning and shot selection. Pro, Johanne
*Wednesday 8-9 a.m.*: Advanced players. Focus on shot combination and footwork for singles and doubles. Pro, Steve
*Friday 9-11 a.m.* Intermediate players. Focus on doubles strategy. Pro, Johanne
*Sunday 5-6 p.m.* Advanced junior players. Pro, Rick

To participate in group lesson you must sign up 5 days ahead by phone or e-mail with Johanne. *Mark your calendar* for the next Round Robin, Thursday July 10th from 6-8 p.m. You may sign up at the club on the bulletin board or call either the club. This time no false alarm! We are holding our *First Sunday Brunch, July 13th*. You will find the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board at the club. You may also call the club or let me know if you would like to join. Tennis will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon in a Round Robin format followed by a light brunch. The cost will be $15. We will need a minimum of 16 players for the event to take place.



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.)



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