Tennis Club News

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


"So, so, so, so: they laugh that win."


Act 4, Scene 1


Susanna Greenup, Singles Champion


We had another doozy of a weekend: tournaments and a whale of a Columbus Day Party. Someone estimated that we might have had eighty people here at once. We had playful, goofy matches. We had deadly serious, long, hot matches. We had folding chairs lined up on the lawn so that folks could watch the tournament matches. We had a turkey. We had kebabs. We had desserts and more desserts. We had pickles. We had, maybe, the most successful Columbus Day party ever.


We had a report from Anon on the Party:

'We don't usually come to the holiday barbecues, but we were here on Columbus Day and we got to see the finals of the Mixed Doubles. All good players. There were chairs out on the lawn and the people sitting out there watching seemed like they just got off their yachts. Sorta formal looking. The older, scruffier people, people we knew, were on the porch, eating up a storm and chatting. Nice party.'

Formal? Yachts? Musta been guests, right?

The tournaments are (mostly) finished. Phew.


Women's Doubles has been canceled for the year due, timing, availability of entrants and a host of other grievous reasons. Wait til next year.

Michael, Molly, John, and Susanna


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 Closing Party will be held on Sunday, November 8, from 5:30 to 7:30. We will serve wine, beer, soft drinks, gourmet nibbles. We'll chortle and yack and wait til next year.

The last day of play is Wednesday, Nov. 11.


The Head of the Charles Regatta is upon us. Good luck in parking. Here's a link to the official site.


  • 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."



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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