Tennis Club News

Tuesday, August 19, 2009

 

"In sooth, I know not why I am so sad:
It wearies me; you say it wearies you"

-Antonio
The Merchant of Venice
Act 1, Scene 1
(The heat, that is. Thanks, Alison.)

 



Nick

You know that Nick is stepping down as Manager? Yes. Oh noooo. Oh woe. Nick is going to attend Harvard Divinity School in the Tibetan Studies Program. He'll still work a few shifts here. And we hope that he'll hang and play. Nick has done an absolutely great job, as we've all seen, and has been a smooth, congenial, hardworking manager. He's also one of the best tennis players in the club. Good luck, Nick.

 



Rick Rose

Rick Rose is the Iron Man. 90 degrees, 95 degrees, Rick is out there for 8 or 9 hours. Way to go, Rick.

And, in case we thought that nothing happens here in the hot weather:

 

Cambridge Tennis Club

2009 President’s Cup

Host: Lenny Singer, president

Doubles: Saturday August 29

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Entry Deadline: Friday August 28 at 12:00 noon


Format:


Eligibility:


Prizes:


Entries:



 

The next Round Robin, scheduled for Thursday, August 20, has been canceled. The next round robin is scheduled for Thursday, September 10. The meal will be sandwiches and salads. Tennis starts at 6:00. What fun.

 

AUGUST:
  • Every Monday evening, from 6:00 to 8:00, the club is offering an opportunity to play women's doubles. contact Johanne.
  • Every Tuesday evening, from 6:00 to 8:00, the club offers an opportunity to play men's doubles. Contact Johanne.
  • Every Tuesday morning, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, the club offers doubles group lessons (advanced beginner to intermediate). Contact Johanne.
  • Every Friday morning, from 9:00 to 11:00, and also from 10:00 to noon, the club offers doubles group lessons (intermediate to advanced). Contact Rick or Johanne.
  • Every Sunday, from 5:00 to 6:00, the club offers juniors clinics (intermediate to advanced). Contact Rick.

 

We are going to try out a new feature on the newspage. Let's call it The Book Blurb. The Blurb will note books not necessarily about tennis, but authored by CTC members. So, if you members have recently, or maybe not so recently, written a book that you'd like blurbed, please let us know.

Let's start with:

While We Were Sleeping by David Hemenway.

"This book powerfully illuminates how public health works with more than sixty success stories drawn from the area of injury and violence prevention."


The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development by Rick Weissbourd.

The New Yorker review said, "In this ardent and persuasive inquiry, Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist, warns that 'happiness-besotted' parents do children a disservice by emphasizing personal fulfillment over empathy."


Inside Urban Charter Schools: Promising Practices and Strategies in Five High-Performing Schools by Kay Merseth "an inspirational and practical how-to guide for school reformers."

 

"sighing every minute and groaning every hour would
detect the lazy foot of Time as well as a clock.

-Rosalind
As You Like It
Act 3, Scene 2

Let's talk about reservations. Let's talk about 8:00, the gunshot that starts the blitzing hour.

We don't have the banks of friendly operators waiting to take your call. We don't have the cesium clock. We have two lines on one phone that, when the hour strikes, is too hot to handle. It burns; it cooks the ear.

Folks want to complain that they called right at 8:00, right on the hour, and their court was already booked. Well, if 10 people call right on the hour, some caller is going to be first, some caller second, and so on.

Let's laugh a little bit here, shall we? One joker dials all the numbers but one and then on the stroke of the hour, hits the last digit. Another dials 30 seconds early and works the answering machine, chatting about the accuracy of his clocks and how eager he is to play until the hour strikes and the staff member picks up the phone. (We are thwarting this joker by turning off the answering machine at 7:55.) We have folks who set their cell phone alarms and speed dial from court 2. We have jokers with automatic continuous re-dial, jokers with secretaries, jokers with tricks, strategies, pleadings, scoldings, tantrums, vituperations.

No one has ever tried a bribe.

 

 


 

The club directory for 2009 should always be at your hand or in your hand. Other than membership listings, all of the information in the book is 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.

 

 

The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2008. 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 (2009). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take clickers to the previous issue of this year's newspage.

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