Tennis Club News

Sunday, September 11 (!), 2011



"The day is hot, the Capulets abroad,
And, if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl;
For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring."

Act 3, Scene 1
Romeo and Juliet


Kate and Michelle opened the Labor Day festivities


The Labor Day Party was a blast. We had lots of folks and lots of food. All the courts were busy by 9:30. The club was packed by 10:00. If you have any good pics, please send 'em along.

Carol and shades

Liz played all day as is her wont.

Neil and Margery



September is usually our second busiest month. (June is the busiest.)

The tournaments are upon us. Men's Doubles matches are being played even as we type and click. Sign up on the porch bulletin board or email Lauren Holleran to participate in upcoming tournaments.

We have two big events this week:

Meet and Greet

We will be holding the last Meet & Greet of the season at the club on Monday, September 12th between 6-8 pm. Please come!

And bring a friend or two or three who might be interested in membership. Take a moment to think about any of your friends that might enjoy playing on the best clay courts in Cambridge. We'll be serving food and drink and membership committee members will be availableto go over the formal process of introducing to the club prospective new members.

If you have any questions please email Sam Fleming at or Kate Canfield at



The Last Round Robin of the year takes place on Wednesday, September 14. Carol is cooking.

September 17th and 18th (Saturday and Sunday)
Women's and Men's Singles Championships (semis on Sat and finals on Sun)
Come join the fun at cheering on the next CTC club champions!

Lunch is available to ALL MEMBERS on Saturday – ENJOY

September 24th and 25th (Saturday and Sunday) – SIGN UP NOW!
Sign up for the Mixed Doubles Championship at the club or contact Lauren Holleran (617) 913-2203 or Molly Downer at (617) 686-0723

October 1st and 2nd (Saturday and Sunday)
Women’s Doubles Championship – if interested contact Lauren or Molly.

October 10th (Monday) – FREE B-B-Q
Columbus Day Extravaganza (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Members are invited to attend a day of Mix and Match round robin play along with an all day B-B-Q


Here are links to the tournament 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:

Our newest book by a club member is Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports, by club member, Susan Ware. The book is: A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Sports Book.

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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