Tennis Club News

Monday, September 29, 2008


"To win this easy match play'd for a crown?
And shall I now give o'er the yielded set?
No, no, on my soul, it never shall be said."

King John
Act 5, Scene 2


The news is about rain-outs and tournaments. We've been rained out; you've been rained out; the tournaments have been rained out. Our dauntless tournament directors are carrying on, though: the tournaments have been re-re-re-scheduled for this coming weekend. The draw-sheets have been added to during the rain. (Darn and double darn. Rained out again. I guess I'll drift on down to the club and sign up for a couple more tournaments.)

Some more photos from the tournaments:

Faith and Joe in action

Matthew serves

Susanna serves

(Thanks to Ken Turnbull for the above photos.)

If you've played in or watched the tournaments, you know that there is usually quite a scene on the porch. Players and watchers abound.

Margie and Mary

Larry, Phil, and Tadgh

For easy reference, let's post the latest update from Joe Cortes:

Hello Cambridge Tennis Club Members. Below is the new schedule for tournaments that have been rained out. The only events that still need to be played are the Women's Doubles Championships, Men's Singles Championships and the Finals of the Women's Singles and Men's Doubles. Until these matches are completed, the rain dates will be the following weekend.

Please note that based on the schedule below, the courts will be blocked off for the tournaments Saturday and Sunday October 4 and 5 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. You may call in for courts that weekend as the back courts 3, 4 and 5 may be available during the afternoons.

Members: There has already been some scintillating tennis played so we encourage you to come out and watch. There will be food and refreshments as well. The Women's Doubles and Men's Singles Finals will be held Sunday morning. The Women's Singles and Men's Doubles Finals will be held Sunday afternoon. See ya there!!

Women's Doubles Tournament and Men's Singles Tournament:

Play Begins 8:00am Saturday October 4 and Finals Held Sunday October 5

Deadline for Entry Moved to 5:00pm Thursday Oct. 2. All previous entrants from the Sep. 27-28 draws are automatically placed in the Oct. 4-5 draws so no need for these players to sign up again.

Women's Singles Final
Molly Downer(4) vs. Margo Dhaliwal(3)

Saturday October 4 at 3:30pm, Court 2
RainDate: Sunday October 5 at 3:30pm

Men's Doubles Final

Joe Cortes-Alex Pang(1) vs.
David Hemenway-Ken Turnbull(2)

Saturday October 4 at 3:30pm, Court 1
Rain Date: Sunday October 5 at 3:30pm

Joseph Cortes
(617) 283-5387


The tournaments are fun to watch, mostly. And you get Lennie's commentary.


Note: September is, usually, our second busiest month. September also brings us, sadly, darkness at prime time. Sorry, but the back courts are too dark to be used beyond, say, 6:40? The competition for the lighted front courts becomes intense. Thousands and thousands of members try to call at exactly 8:00 a.m. The club does not have banks of phones manned by idealistic volunteers, ready to take your calls. Some caller is going to be answered first, at exactly 8:00 a.m., and some are going to be ninth or fiftieth. And by 8:03, many courts are going to be reserved.



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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