Tennis Club News

Sunday, June 20, 2010



"Blow like sweet roses in this summer air."

Love's Labour's Lost
Act 5, Scene 2



Nick is in Nepal, of all places, but Nick being Nick, is still with us. He's here, he's there, he's here.

Johanne (pronounced Jo-Anne, but you know that. And aren't we glad to have her around.)

And Steve (aka Stevie).

Lets talk busy. We are busy. Like, way. June is our busiest month and this June, in case you haven't noticed, is crazybusy.

Tuesdays and Fridays are the busiest days. Monday is the slowest, 'cepting Monday prime-time when there are 3 courts reserved for in-house league play and you, yes, you can't get a court. The weekends are slow. Go figure.

At 8:00 a.m. the phone is beyond busy. The action is frantic. Please be kind to your friendly staff member who takes your reservation calls. We only have 5 courts.

And we've had about 5 million events, haven't we. We proffer praise to the Entertainment Committee.



The Club has been open for a month now! We have had some glorious days on the courts. Opening month was pretty busy; we had the New Member's Party, the Member-Guest Tournament, our First Catered Round Robin and the Grand Memorial Day Cookout. All events were very well attended and a great success. Thanks to all who participated. We encourage those who haven't stop by yet to do so. Join the action!

With graduations behind, school almost over and vacations to come, the club will be the happening place in June. Make sure you sign up early for court time, lessons, group lessons or tennis activities.

The Special Events for June are:

- Meet and Greet, next Tuesday, June 15th from 6-8pm

- Round Robin, next Thursday, June 17th from 6-8pm.

Our calendar for the month of June is as followed:

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. 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 Lessons from 10 noon & 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 Lessons 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.

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 for activities because it helps us plan court reservations more efficiently leaving more courts open for members to play.

Looking forward to seeing you on the courts!

Your tennis staff,

Rick, Steve and Johanne.



The next Round Robin is on Wednesday, July 21. The meal will be catered. Tennis starts at 6:00.


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 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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