Tennis Club News

Sunday, July 31, 2011



"Blow like sweet roses in this summer air"

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


Nick sings "Whipping Post" by the Allman Brothers. You can catch Nick here at the Club on weekends.


Hot, hot, hot. Players are fading a-way, except on Tuesdays (Tuesdays?) when all of the courts have been booked from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Even at prime time there are courts to be had. People are playing late, though, almost every night.

When you sign up for play under the lights, we recommend court 2 because one of the lights is out on court one. Repairs are being scheduled. (Many, many improvements are being scheduled. Improvements that will dazzle you, improve your lives.


We hear that folks would like to be informed about the identities of our various staff members.

Here's Liam McAlpin. He can answer all your questions and soothe you.

And here's Alex, an esteemed ex-staffer who is off to the Big Apple after graduating from Suffolk.



And yea, the tournaments loom. We have a lot of new members this year and we notice that some of our new members can play. We also notice that some of them have signed up for the Men's Singles. Matches are self-scheduled, so it will be a bit difficult to catch early round matches, but you might keep an eye out for some of these young, fast players.

And the Women's Singles Tournament! We always have some great matches in the Women's Tournaments.

We hope to post the draws on the newspage very soon, but in the meantime they are posted on the porch bulletin board.

Lauren Holleran is running the tournaments and she tells us: There is a very short window between the end of the first round matches (AUG 26), and the end of the first round of the consolation (SEPT  1).  Because of this, it would be great if you could schedule your first round match as soon as possible, giving more time for the consolation matches to be played.

Here are links to the draws (pdfs):

Men's Singles Draw

Women's Singles Draw

Men's Consolation Draw

Women's Consolation Draw



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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