Tennis Club News

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


"This little club has a lot of, I dunno, character."
-Anon, overheard at the Meet and Greet

"Every club I've ever played in has a court 5."
-A Traveling member

This club is so Cambridge.
-Another Anon, overheard at the Meet and Greet

"And, in this rage, with some great kinsman's bone,
As with a club, dash out my desperate brains?"

Romeo and Juliet
Act 4, Scene 3


Michael Fix, with Molly

Play here at the club is so much more, er, earnest, of late. And why is that?

The Mixed Doubles Championships will take place this weekend, starting Saturday, at 9:00 We have a big, goodly draw, some strong teams, some dark horses, some sleepers. Come play. Come watch. The sign-up sheet is still posted on the porch bulletin board.

The Men's Singles Championship Match, between Ben Bradlee and Michael Fix, was won in a 3 set thriller by Michael Fix. Michael is this year's singles champ. Congratulations to Michael

One of the Women's Singles Semi-final Matches, between Molly Downer and Liz Herbert, was won by Liz who will play the winner of the Greenup/Gianakos match.

The other semi-final, between Susannah Greenup and Liz Gianakos, will be played tomorrow, Thursday, 9-24, at 5:00


Darkness eats the back courts by 7:00 p.m. If you want to play in the evenings nowadays, book one of the front courts.


The club rocks on:

Cambridge Tennis Club

2009 Club Championships

New Final Schedule

Please note important schedule change!!

September 12 and 13

September 26 and 27

October 3 and 4

Entry Deadline: Friday 12:00 before the tourney




And, oh ya, there is a charge of $25 per person for tournament play.




The next round robin, the last of the season, scheduled for Thursday, September 24, promises to be extra special. The food is not only home cooked, but home cooked by Carol. Tennis starts at 6:00.


I commend to our members’ attention the Canadian Open, an ATP 1000 event (formerly known as a Masters Event) usually held in mid-August, as part of the run-up to the US Open. Seventeen of the top 20 men competed in Montreal and the quarter finals were populated by the Nos. 1-8 seeds. Although Messrs. Federer and Nadal were knocked out in the quarters, the semis and finals were highly competitive, with Andy Murray taking the cup, known as the Rogers Cup, named after the primary sponsor, a Canadian Cable TV firm. This year, the women competed in Toronto. Next year they will appear in Montreal, with the men going to Toronto.

The stadia in both cities seat about 12,000 people, which is about as many as can be crammed in and still enjoy reasonable proximity to the court. The secondary stadia seat about 5,000 and like the Grandstand at Flushing Meadows, bring one very close to the players.

As Ms. Gauthier can attest, Montreal is a world class city, with as many diversions, amenities and purveyors of haute cuisine as in Boston. The weather tends to be more temperate than in NYC, and the Montreal Metro provides more rapid, less crowded and more pleasant transport to the site than the NYC subway or the LIRR. With 3-4 months foresight, tickets were readily available on-line.

Bon voyage.



  • Every Monday afternoon, from Noon to 2:00, the club is offering Mix and Match Play, starting Sept. 14. Contact Johanne.
  • Every Monday evening, from 5:30 to 7:30, the club is offering an opportunity to play women's doubles (Intermediate to advanced.) Contact Johanne.
  • Every Tuesday morning, from 10:00 to noon, the club is offering doubles group lessons. (Advanced beginner to intermediate.)
  • 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 4:00 to 5:00, the club offers juniors clinics (beginners and advanced beginners), and from 5:00 to 6:00 (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:

Hot off the presses, a new book by Faith Moore, Celebrating a Life, Planning Memorial Services and Other Creative Remembrances. "Celebrating a Life" provides the ideas, inspiration, and how-to advice needed for creating a meaningful memorial service. Light-hearted but sensitive, this thoughtful guide covers it all."
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.

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. (Tournament pics from 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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