Tennis Club News

Friday, May 21, 2010



"Would they not wish the feast might ever last"

Venus and Adonis
Stanza 73



Len presides.

The New Members' Party was a hoot. The clubhouse was full, the porch was packed, and all the courts were busy. The food was fabulous.

We have some pics:



Sheila and Nick

Phil and Donna

Party night in the clubhouse.



And, if you're looking for an ecstatic experience on Memorial Day, come to the club for:

The club's vaunted Memorial Day Barbecue, featuring pick-up doubles all day, extraordinarily high quality tennis and memorable socializing.

The club will supply barbecue basics and beyond, but there is a potluck part to the party. We ask members to contribute something to the feast.

If your last name begins with the letters A-M, please bring some fruit or salad. (Salads are especially appreciated.)

If your name begins with the letters N-Z, please bring some desserts.

If your name begins, please bring your appetite and your racquet.


We seek contributions from members. Insights, jibes, cracks, questions, suggestions, remarks, jokes.

Craig Lambert wrote a must-read article for Harvard Magazine about Bruce Wright's take on the 'high set' stance and movement in tennis. Take a look: High Set The article is accompanied by a separate video demonstrating the technique. High Set Video Thanks, Craig, for sending this nifty technical riff along to us.

The book? The club directory is on nigh, but the website already has much of this year's info. We are updating even as we speak. The Activities and Officers and Committees sections are up to date now.

Long time member, Norm Sherry died recently. Norm played here a lot and was always a welcome presence. Here's a link to the Boston Globe's obituary.



We have a lot of action scheduled for May. We just love to kick off the new season with a boom.

The club will be offering tennis lessons along with a variety of tennis activities and organized play. Make sure to mark your calendar for May's Special Events. In addition, the club will feature two Women's teams that compete in the Suburban Tennis League (WSTL). Their home matches will be held on Tuesday May 18th and Thursday May 20th at 9 a.m. Please come and cheer for the home team!

Be Competitive, Have Fun & Meet New Members!

May's Special Events: Don't miss it!

The calendar of activities for the month of May will start Monday May 10th. The schedule will be:

Mondays: - Mix and Match from noon to 2 p.m. Organized play in a round robin format. A good opportunity to meet new players and put your game to the test. The sign-up sheet will be on the bulletin board at the club (Non-members are welcome). Cost is $8 per member and $12 per non-member. Intermediate to advanced players.

Women's Night from 6 to 8 p.m.

Organized women's doubles on 3 courts. To join, please contact Johanne at 617-710-9465 and the cost is $8 per member and $12 per guest. Intermediate to advanced players.

Tuesdays: - Double's Group Lesson from 1-3 p.m.

Drills to help you add variety to your game, perfect your positioning and movement on the court. One hour of instruction followed by an hour of unsupervised play. Advanced beginners to intermediate players. To join, please contact Johanne. Cost $20

Men's Night from 6 to 8 p.m.

Organized men's doubles on 3 courts. To join, please contact Johanne. The cost is $8 per member and $12 per guest. Intermediate to advanced players.

Fridays: - Double's Group lesson from 10 to noon.

Work on court positioning, shot selection, poaching and strategy. Bring your tennis game to the next level. One hour of instruction followed by an hour of unsupervised play. Space is limited so please sign-up ahead of time by contacting Rick or Johanne. Cost $20. Intermediate to advanced players.

Sundays: - Pick-up Doubles on court 1.
Open to all members from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m and open for intermediate to advanced players from 10:30 to 1:00 p.m. Players go on the court on a first come first serve basis with a rotation of players every half hour.

Junior’s Group lesson from 4 to 6 p.m.
Drills from 4 to 5 p.m. for beginner to intermediate players and from 5 to 6 p.m. for intermediate to advanced players. Cost is $17.50/per player. Open to members and non-members. Space is limited so please sign-up ahead of time either on the bulletin board or by contacting Rick or Johanne.

The camps will go Monday through Friday, 1 to 3 p.m., through the month of June. Space is limited. Deadline for reservations is May 25th. You will find registration forms at the tennis club. Cost for one week is $175 per member and $195 per non-member (minimum of 4 players per court). Age 9 and up. You may also design your own tennis camp (days and time) if you already have your own group of juniors.

For private or group lessons you may contact Steve Counihan at (781) 929-7455, Rick Rose at (617) 642-3448 or Johanne Gauthier at (617) 710-9465. For all tennis activities information please e-mail Johanne at or call at (617) 710-9465. You will find the tennis activities schedule on the club's web site at:; on the bulletin board at the club and copies will be made available at the front desk. Please take the time to sign-up ahead of time for activities because it helps us plan court reservations more efficiently leaving more courts open for members to play.

Please see the suggestion box at the front desk and let us know how we can improve your tennis experience at the CTC.



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:

Our latest book to be blurbed is New Classic American Houses, a book by Dan Cooper about the architecture of Albert, Righter, and our own John Tittmann. "New Classic American Houses is an architectural page-turner brimming with creative interpretations of traditional forms."

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 2010 doesn't exist yet. Membership hasn't been finalized. Other than membership listings, all of last year's information 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.)



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