Tennis Club News

Monday, May 1, 2009


"For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot"

-Henry V
Act 3, Scene 1


Welcome to the new season. Yup, we're open, as of Saturday, April 25.

(The bud has popped; the bird of life has flown into the open window; the egg has hatched; the cone of light has expanded; the gateway to a finer medium has revealed itself; the metaphors have exploded. Welcome to outdoor tennis, to good clay courts. Welcome to the 2009 season at the CTC. )




Nick adjusts a netpost Friday afternoon before Opening Day

Opening Day


"A Terrible Splendor" at CTC Wednesday, May 13, at 6: 00 P.M. Marshall Jon Fisher, author of the new book, Terrible Splendor: Three Extraordinary Men, A World Poised for War, and the Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played, will join us at Cambridge Tennis Club on Wednesday, May 13. His book describes a legendary 1937 Davis Cup match played at Wimbledon by the American Don Budge and the German Baron Gottfried von Cramm, an athlete involuntarily caught up in a society controlled by the Third Reich. called the book “a transformative experience, meticulously researched and beautifully written…. A match for the ages is masterfully detailed by Fisher in a story that may well stay with you forever. The result is A Terrible Splendor, a book that ranks right up with Gordon Forbes’ A Handful of Summers and John McPhee’s Levels of The Game as one of the most memorable books about tennis — and more importantly, the human spirit — that you may ever read.”

Drinks and light refreshments will be served at 6:00 P.M., followed by a talk by Marshall. Copies of A Terrible Splendor will be available for sale and inscription by the author.

Members and guests are welcome.

Craig A. Lambert, Ph.D.



Once again this summer there is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your non-member friends to the CTC. Just like last summer, new members whom you introduce to the club at the Meet & Greet on May 6 will almost certainly be eligible for wait list membership (and the resulting playing privileges) as soon as you get their paperwork completed. This situation is unusual and much different than the normal long wait (without playing privileges) on the wait list. I hope many of you can take advantage. We look forward to seeing you and your prospective member next Wednesday evening.

A short list of events:

  • Meet and Greet: Wed., May 6, 6-8:00 p.m.
  • Junior Pizza Round Robin: Fri., May 8, 6-8:00 p.m.
  • New Members' Grand Party: Sun., May 17, 5-7:00 p.m.
  • Member-Guest Tournament: Mixed Doubles, May 17
  • Catered Adult Round Robin: Thu., May 21, 6-8:00
  • Member-Guest Tournament: Women's and Men's Doubles, May 23
  • Memorial Day Cookout: Mon., May 25, All Day
  • Parent-Child Tournament: Sun., May 31



The club directory for 2009 is not yet available. It is being compiled.

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 2006. 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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