"....the pollen-roiled chiaroscuro of spring"
Busy, busy, busy. The club is hopping. Round robins, teams play, group lessons, parties, rentals, fun. Big Fun.
The book? The book is at the printers and should be in your hands shortly. In the meantime, the website has updated the Officers and Committees section and also the Activities section with dates for club events.
The club's fabled Memorial Day Party coming up this Monday. Yessss.
We will feature round robin all day tennis, a barbecue, food, drink, ambience, socializing, a knee-brace rodeo, and (possibly) a members tap-dancing squad.
Now, there is a pot-luck part to the party.
If your last name begins with the letters A-M, please bring some fruits or salad (green salads are especially prized);
If your last name begins with the letters N-Z, please bring some desserts.
A contribution is not required, but welcome.
Guests are welcome, but a prime-time guest fee will be charged.
The Memorial Day party is one of the club's biggest and best. Please come.
We also have lots and lots of group action on a weekly basis:
Dear Tennis Enthusiasts,
Welcome to the New Tennis Season . Come and join us on the clay!
We have several tennis activities organized for the month of May.
Here are a few starters:
Take advantage of these activities, they are a great way to quick start your season. You will meet a lot of new players, challenge your game and play in a friendly competitive atmosphere. Don't miss out!
- Mondays Women's Doubles Night, Starting May 6th, 6-8pm. ($15)
- Wednesdays Mix and Match, starting May 8th, noon to 2pm. ($12)
- Fridays Men's Doubles Night, Starting May 10th, 6-8pm. ($15)
- Saturdays "Event of the week":Juniors' Let's Play. May 18th, 4-6 pm ($12) Special invitation to all juniors to come and play. Non-members are welcome. Must be able to serve and rally. (10-15 years old)
- Catered Round Robin, Wednesday, May 15th, 6-8pm ($25 or $30)
- Memorial Day Cookout, Monday May 31st, 10am to 4pm. (free)
In order to book courts to run these activities I need for you to confirm at least 5 days prior that you will participate. Spaces are limited so confirm as early as possible. To sign up send an e-mail to email@example.com . Soon, it will also be possible to sign up through Booking Plus.
If you wish to set up some private lessons for you or your family, please contact directly one of the pros:
Rick Rose (617)642-3448
Steve Counihan (781)929-7455
Johanne gauthier (617)710-9465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the clay!
Pyramidal Tennis ladder starting this spring!
Starting June 1st, the club will have a women and a men singles ladder up and running.
Take advantage of this opportunity to meet more players and challenge your game. It is an exciting way to play more tennis and bring your game to the next level. If you are new to the club, it will be one more way to meet other members quickly.
There is no cost to join the ladder and rules are very simple. You may join the ladder now and matches will start, June 1st.
How it works:
Players will start all equal at the bottom of the pyramid and will challenge someone to a match. Winner will move up a level and looser will remain on the same level. From then on you will be able to challenge players on your own level or one level above.
1.You will challenge an opponent to a match and make your own court reservation for 1 hour.
2.Warm-up will be 10 minutes including serves. Play no ad scoring games and at 6-6 in any set play a 5 points tiebreaker (2-2-2-3), first to 5 points win the set with a score of 7-6 for the set. Win 2 out of 3 sets to win the match. If the match is not finished at the end of the hour, winner will be the player who won most total games.
3. Each player brings a can of new balls, one is open to play the match and the winner takes the unopened can.
4. You must play at least one match per 3 weeks. If you don’t play for more than 3 weeks your name will be remove from the ladder and if interested you will have to restart at the bottom when you choose to do so.
The ladder will be posted on the bulletin board of the club as well as on the club website and will be updated every week.
Sign-up sheets are you-guessed-it on the porch bulletin board.
COME AND CHEER
OUR HOME TEAMS!
The club has two women’s team participating in the Suburban Spring League.
Home Matches (from 9 a.m. to noon):
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.
Some links of interest:ATP World Tour
The club book is in the works. Membership is not yet settled. The website has last year's info on activities, dates and times of events, officers and committees, etc.
The club is booking courtson-line 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.
Much to our surprise and de-light, folks seem to be availing themselves of on-line reservations. As we get busier, you might try to click on at 8:00 a.m. exactly.
Note that your passwords have changed. Read the Bookings Plus blurb about the change. It is still easy and wicked fun>
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:
"The fundamental question of information philosophy is cosmological and ultimately metaphysical. What is the process that creates information structures in the universe?" Heady stuff, no?Well, the club's own Bob Doyle who works much magic here behind the scenes tackled this little issue in his book, Free Will: The Scandal in Philosophy. And the club's own Craig Lambert wrote a nifty, readable article for Harvard Magazine on Bob and his place in the free will issue. Take a look at Craig's article,Two Steps to Free Will. 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. -- Bookreviewcafe.com
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.)
The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2012. 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 (2013). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take clickers to the previous issue of this year's newspage.