Tennis Club News

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


"I would my arms could match thee in contention,
As they contend with thee in courtesy."

Troilus and Cressida
Act 4, Scene 5

         "....nothing routs us but
The villany of our fears."

Act 5, Scene 2


Susanna Greenup, Singles Champion


The tournaments were rained out again last weekend, so we are going to try again this weekend. The courts are blocked off on Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00 and on Sunday from 9:00 to 4:00. We hope to finish the Mixed Doubles Tournament and the Men's Doubles Tournament. Because the tounaments have been so postponed, the draws for Men's and Women's are still open. Yes, you can still play in these hotly contested tournaments. What fun.

The tournaments are soooo popular that there is talk at the club's highest level of making next season an all-tournament year wherein there will be no matches not prescribed and arranged by the tournament committee. (Again, we say, what fun.)

Historically, some matches (routs) end early. Some courts might become available in the afternoon. It might be worthwhile for you to call the club during the late morning or early afternoon to see how the matches are progressing.

(Note: while it seems that we've been rained out every weekend, especially Saturdays, we haven't had a weekday washout (all courts closed all day) since July 24.)

Michael, Molly, John, and Susanna


Molly says:

Unfortunately as you know, due to rain the men's and women's doubles tournaments were cancelled this past weekend. The men's and conclusion of the mixed is being rescheduled to this next weekend, the 10th and 11th. Given the limited amount of courts and time constraints Lenny has agreed to move the women's doubles to the following weekend, the 17th and 18th. I know this is not an official tournament weekend or even rain date, but I think it's best so that the other two tournaments can be concluded and some of the members not in the tournaments can play as well. There were only five teams entered last weekend so we will open up the draw and hopefully get additional teams. If the draw remains small, we can still hold a round robin which would insure that everyone would play at least twice. If this date does not work out, then unfortunately the tournament will probably not be held this year.

Please let me know if you would like to play - I am not on the tennis committee but am happily volunteering my time to help out. My apologies to those teams who entered last weekend who will not be able to.




The Women's Singles Championship was won by Susanna Greenup.

Susanna is this year's champ. Congrats, Zanna.

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

The Mixed Doubles Championships is still with us. We hope that it will be concluded this weekend. Greenup/Turnbull will face Schaffer/Hemenway in one semi-final, and Downer/Fix will play Herbert/Cortes in the other. No times have been set, but when we know, we'll post it immediately.


Darkness eats the back courts by 6:30 p.m. If you want to play in the evenings nowadays, book one of the front courts.



The last cookout, round-robin, barbecue, potluck of the year is nigh: yes, on Columbus Day, October 12 (why, that's this coming Monday). We will feature all day pick-up doubles, food, and fun. The courts are all open (unreserve-able) all day. We'll see long-lost friends, hot play, and a special guest chef.

The club will supply beer and soft drinks and barbecue basics and chips and way Smart Food and a turkey or two.

There is a pot-luck part to the party. If your last name begins with the letters A-M, please bring some dessert. If your last name begins with the letters N-Z, please bring some fruit or salad. (Salads are especially welcome.) If you are Audrey, please tell your parents to bring you and dress you in something tennisy.

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.



  • 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 5:00 to 7:00, 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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