Tennis Club News

Monday, June 13, 2011



"Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia"

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Act 4, Scene 7


Steve Counihan, Dick Stockton, Geoff Caraboolad, Ron Perry

We had a hot exhibition match here at the club. Stevie and Ronnie played against Dick Stockton and Geoff Caraboolad. Dick Stockton still has it, but Stevie and Ronnie won.

We've had mighty rain and lots of drizzle, but we've been open part of every day. Let's hear it for our hard-working staff.

In case you haven't been in the clubhouse lately, you should know that we now have a ping-pong table (thanks to Marty Miller), and we have a 46" tv (thanks to Bob Doyle who not only donated it, and lugged it, but built the mount for it and hung it), meant for tennis watching. So you can ping and watch. Maybe you could also emulate Marty and Bob and donate something. Some new paddles and balls? A chess set? A pool? Some sun?

June is usually our busiest month. Some folks are in a bit of a snit about court availability. Competition for courts is, er, warm in June. Please smile on your reservation-taker.

Speaking of court availability: you can get a court any old time on Mondays and often on Saturdays. To get a court on Tuesday, Friday, or Sunday, .... Good luck.

And let's take a look at some more Memorial Day pics:


Lennie, Liz and Tim

John and Julie

And, wait is that Kevin there with Bill?


The next Round Robin is scheduled for this Thursday, June 16 (Bloomsday!). The food will be sandwiches and salads. Tennis starts at 6:00.


Here's the June schedule, thanks to Johanne:

Great start to the season despite the rainy days we have had. We are all very inspired by the superb French Open finals and by the prestigious Wimbledon to come.

Please mark your calendar for the special event's coming up: Round Robin, Thursday June 16th, 6-8pm (rain date; Thursday June 23rd) and the famous Fourth of July Cookout, Monday July 4th with all day pick-up doubles. COME OUT AND PLAY!

The Outreach Program will be starting Tuesday July 5th. Children from various summer camps throughout Cambridge will have the opportunity to give tennis a try. Thank you very much to all members who donated so generously. Stop by any day between 12:30p.m. and 2 p.m. to see them in action. We are always in need of extra junior racquets for the Outreach program if your children have outgrown their junior racquets please think about donating them to the club. Thank you in advance.

In case you haven't been in the clubhouse lately, you should know that we now have a ping-pong table and we are soon to have a big-screen tv, meant for tennis watching. So you can ping and watch.

The calendar of activities for June:

Monday: - Doubles Group lesson from 10 a.m.-noon
Work on court positioning, shot selection, poaching and strategy...
- Women's Night from 6 to 8 p.m.
Organized women's doubles on 3 courts. Intermediate to advanced players.

Tuesday: - Men's Night from 6 to 8 p.m.
Organized men's doubles on 3 courts. Intermediate to advanced players.

Wednesday: - Doubles Group lesson from 9-11 a.m.
Work on court positioning, shot selection, poaching and strategy
. - Mix and Match from noon to 2 p.m.
Organized play in a round robin format. Non members are welcome.

Sunday: - Pick-up Doubles on court 1.
Open to all 9:00-10:30 a.m and open to intermediate and up 10:30-1:00 p.m.
- Juniors Group lesson from 4 to 6 p.m.
Drills from 4-5 p.m. for beginners & from 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and up.

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 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. You must sign-up ahead of time for activities it helps us plan court reservations efficiently leaving more courts open for members to play.

Warm welcome to all new members and please join us in the special events and in the various activities. Do not hesitate to call or e-mail us if you have any questions or requests.

Looking forward to seeing you on the courts!

Your tennis staff,
Rick, Steve and Johanne.



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 should be in your hands, always, but the website has been updated with this year's info.



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:

We have some new books from club member, Julie Baer:

Love Me Later

Julie Baer presents us with a unique book. Her fantastic artwork depicts nature and people in a special way. --

I Only Like What I Like

"CHILDREN BEWARE –will have you trying the untried, 'cause it's FUN! The collages fill you up to the eyeballs."

Take a look at: William P. Homans, Jr., A Life in Court, by Mark S. Brodin. Bill Homans was a long time member of the club with "a storied legal career." A lot of folks at the club knew and liked Bill. He could tell a story or two, couldn't he?

We want to mention 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."



The club directory for 2010 should be in your hands or by your side all day, every day. But, should something untoward befall you and the directory isn't handy, all of this year's information is available on the website, except for membership information.

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 2010. 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.


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 (2011). 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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