Tennis Club News

Tuesday, May 17, 2011



"For thou are pleasant, gamesome, passing courteous,
But slow in speech, yet sweet as spring-time flowers"

Act 2, Scene 1
The Taming of the Shrew


Tim and Liz

Carol Lee and Adolf Jochnick


Who hit the first ball of the season? (A wicked big deal in some places, like CTC.) The Jochnicks and Tim and Carol Lee, that's who. Bright and early on opening day.

Oh, the sun never shines in Cambridge, MA. Maybe, someday soon, the skies will clear and the courts will dry out and we will sport about on our gamesome courts.



Carol Lee.


The Round Robin scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, has been re-scheduled to Wednesday, May 25 because of the weather. The event will be catered.



The Member/Guest Tournaments will take place on Saturday, May 21. Find a ringer, oops, we mean partner and sign up. We'll have food and drink and prizes and mega-fun. And tennis. (Note: we have Men's Doubles and Women's Doubles this year, not Mixed.)



May's Special Events: Be part of it! * Meet & Greet, Monday, May 2nd, 6-8 p.m.

* New Members Party, Sunday, May 15th, 6-8 p.m.

* Catered Round Robin, Wednesday, May 18th, 6-8 p.m.

* Member-Guest Tournament, Saturday, May 21st,
- Women's and Men's Doubles.

* Memorial Day Cookout, Monday, May 30th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The calendar of activities will start Monday, May 9th.

Monday: - Women's Night from 6 to 8 p.m.
-Organized women's doubles on 3 courts. Intermediate to advanced players.

Tuesday: - Doubles Group Lesson from 1-3 p.m.
- One hour of instruction followed by an hour of unsupervised play. - Men's Night from 6 to 8 p.m.

Organized men's doubles on 3 courts. Intermediate to advanced players.

Wednesday: - Mix and Match from noon to 2 p.m.
- Organized play in a round robin format. Non-members are welcome.

Thursday: - Doubles Group lesson from 1-3 p.m.
-Work on court positioning, shot selection, poaching and strategy.

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 for beginners from 4-5 p.m. & drills for intermediate and up from 5-6 p.m.

For all tennis activities please e-mail Johanne. 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.

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.

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 is on it's way, 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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