Tennis Club News

Sunday, May 27, 2012


         "I will not be slack
To play my part in Fortune's pageant."

King Henry VI, Part ii
Act 1, Scene 2




We are having lots and lots of action, rentals, a New Members' Party, and on Monday, Memorial Day:


The club's annual Memorial Day Extravaganza. Yessss. All day pick-up doubles, a barbecue, a potluck, a scene. Long-time members will be there, hanging and eating, drinking, socializing. New members, you might think of canceling your plans for the Vineyard and coming to the party. It is always, always a good time to be at the club.

The club will supply burgers and beer and hot dogs and cake and a grill and rolls and condiments and soft drinks and oh, the party will be a gladsome event.

Now, there is a potluck part to the party. If your last name begins with the letters, A-M, you might bring some salads or fruits. (Salads are sometimes rare and always appreciated.) If your last name begins with the letters, N-Z, you might bring some desserts. A contribution is appreciated, but not required.

Also, guests are welcome but a prime-time guest fee will be charged.






Photos by Pierce Harman

The club has a new member named Pierce Harman who is a professional photographer. Pierce seems to be mighty good at action shots. You can take a look at a slide show of Pierce's action shots of club members: slideshow. You might also follow the link to the section of Pierce's website to see a whole gallery of CTC pictures.

The club book is in the making and should soon be in your hands. But lo! right now the website has updated info on activities, dates and times of events, officers and committees, etc. Thanks to Sheila Laperle for getting all this info out to us in a right quick fashion and for all her hard work on the club book. The new book includes lots of new rules which will make us all happier. You might take a look at that section on the website or in the book.


Please join us for The New Members Round Robin on June 9th, 4:30-6:30 pm.

All new Full and Wait-list members are welcome!

Come make friends with tennis enthusiasts of all skill levels new to the Club and looking for a game. Light refreshments, pros in attendance.

RSVP by June 4th to reserve a space.

Please contact Johanne Gauthier at or at 617-710-9465


And, oh yes, the club is featuring on-line reservations through a program some of you might know from the Mt. Auburn Club, Bookings Plus. What fun, what excruciating fun! Yup, no more painful dialing and re-dialing and hoping against hope that you can get that prime-time court. You will still be able to call the clubhouse between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. and talk to a friendly, playful staff-person who can enter your on-line reservation for you, but doing it yourself will be so much more gratifying and easier. And did we say fun? The on-line reservation system, as well as our regular phone reservations, will go live when the courts are open. Please note the link to our reservation system over there on the left in the table of contents. The link will also give you a brief tutorial on how to use on-line reservations and thereby increase your fun.


The calendar of activities for the month of May:

Mondays - Women's Doubles, 2 sessions, 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Organized women's doubles on 3 courts. To join, please contact Johanne at 617-710-9465 or by e-mail at: Johanne

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.

- Men's Doubles, 2 sessions, 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Organized men's doubles on 2 courts. To join, please contact Johanne.

Wednesday: - Mix and Match, noon to 2 p.m. Organized play open to all, it is a great opportunity to meet new players. Non-members are welcome so invite your friends to come along. Sign up on the bulletin board at the club or contact Johanne.


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.

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.

- Double's Group lesson from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

- Junior’s Group lesson 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. 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. 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.

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? Membership for the coming year hasn't been settled, so the book will be a while in the making. In the meantime, the website will be updated as data dribbles in.



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:

In the midst of renovating garages and ruling vast sectors of cyberspace, Bob Doyle wrote a bit of a magnum opus: Free Will: The Scandal in Philosophy by Bob Doyle. "The fundamental question of information philosophy is cosmological and ultimately metaphysical. What is the process that creates information structures in the universe?"

We have a new book by a club member, 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 is in the works and should be available soon. We usually get the information up a little bit ahead of the printed edition. Stay tuned.

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.



"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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