Tennis Club News

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


"If thou dost play with him at any game,
Thou art sure to lose; and, of that natural luck,
He beats thee 'gainst the odds: thy lustre thickens,
When he shines by:"

Antony and Cleopatra
Act 2, Scene 3




The weather is too good. Playing nowadays is an ecstatic experience, even if you miss a shot. (Heaven forfend.)

Darkness encroaches on the back courts now by about 6:15 so 5:00 reservations can play on until they can't, but we aren't taking any reservations at 6:00 or 7:00.

We haven't had a lot of contributions, folks writing in to explain or comment or grouse, but we found an item in the archives that we are glad to re-visit:

We heard a mathematician pal say, in an off-hand remark, that the stars spin. The stars spin. Did someone say spin? The remark got our minds going, and we approached some of our mathematician and astronomers and astro-physicists pals (that's right: we have some) and asked them, is it true? Stars spin? Well, yes, they replied. Would you write about the 'cosmic spin' and relate it to tennis ball spin? Well, no, they universally replied.

So we turned to one of our favorite correspondents, Nature Girl, who can explain just about anything, and we asked her to write something for the newspage about spin.


"(The newsroom staff)...asked me to write about 'spin.' The universal truth about spin is that no one really understands it. Spin is a mysterious thing, on and off the tennis court. Spin gives you surprises.

Most everything spins. At the sub-atomic level, everything spins (except that some few things have 'spin-zero' which really boggles the mind. In tennis, though, it's the beginners who have spin-zero). At the cosmic level, everything spins: planets spin, moons spin (bet you didn't know that), stars spin, galaxies spin, the cosmos itself spins.

Your question is, top-spin or under-spin? Scientists would regard the question as meaningless because the answer would depend on where the questioner was located in the cosmos. Plus, there are messy quantum issues, especially if you played on sub-atomic courts.

Some things spin like crazy and don't go anywhere, like drop shots. Or like inertia. I heard on the radio a definition of inertia that is of interest here: a potato that is on the couch tends to stay on the couch. Now, that potato could be spinning at a terrific clip, it just doesn't get up and mash itself.

So if your head is spinning, or you're spinning your wheels, don't panic - you are part of the comic, I mean cosmic, spin. You are like a drop shot or the Great Spiral Nebula."

-Nature Girl




Men's Doubles Finals

Jen swings

Peter Serves


Big Fun to Come:

The Columbus Day Barbecue is coming. Yessss. On Monday, Oct. 14 the club will host its annual Columbus Day Cookout/Barbecue/Round Robin Jamboree. All day doubles, a barbecue, food, drink, merriment beyond all belief, and maybe, (if the stars align and the direction of the wind is just right and certain designated birds chirp at the appropriate moment), a roast turkey.

There is a potluck part to the party.

If your last name begins with the letters A-M, please bring some desserts;
If your last name begins with the letters N-Z, please bring some fruit or salads (salads, we always say, are especially prized).
If your last name begins with the letters Sch, please bring a photo op.

Guests are welcome, but a prime-time guest fee will be charged. (It's a good deal: eat and drink and play and carry on all day for a paltry fee.)

The Columbus Day Party is the last big tennis party scheduled for the year. Please come.


Darkness eats the back courts now at 7:00 p.m. ish so we've closed them so that no one will reserve a court at 7:00 and be surprised.


The tournament winners are:


Let us leave the draws up for a bit:


We are a bit late posting this, but we just heard that long-time former member Jean Edgerly died.

A Celebration of Life
Jean Brown Edgerly

March 27, 1924 - September 21, 2013

Dear Family and Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to join us for a celebration of the life of our beloved mother, Jean B. Edgerly.

We look forward to meeting together with friends and family to remember her life with joy and appreciation, and to celebrate the beginning of her eternal spiritual life.

Our celebratory service will take place on Tuesday, September 24 at the Douglass Funeral Home on 51 Worthen Road in Lexington, Massachusetts. A reception will follow at the residence of James and Kinuyo Edgerly on 6 Douglas Road in Lexington.


Visitation (closed casket) from 10:00 at Douglass Funeral Home
Celebration Service from 11:00 AM
Reception at Edgerly Residence (6 Douglas Road) from 12:30 (approximately)

We would be most grateful if you can join us for this special celebration. Please share this invitation with others who knew Jean. All are welcome.

The Edgerly Family


Having a hard time finding players? Join the ladder or the organized play, take a lesson to improve your game or e-mail Johanne at for some suggestions.



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.

The ladder is up to date as of 9-16-13. We will try to update tennis ladder play in a timely fashion.

Women's Ladder

Level 7
Level 6
Level 5      Jennifer Sunkle, Liz Herbert, Jessica Young,
Level 4      Mary Tittmann, Sharon Black,
Level 3     Faith Moore, ShiSheng Chow, Leslie Homans,
Level 2    Carol Streit, Katherine Radeljic, Julia Moore, Nancy Sinsabaugh, Vicki Volz, Ann Miller, Holly Crary,
Level 1    Vicki Volz, Sue Matkoski, Jeannette McInnes, Mary Akerson, Regina Krumholz, Jane Bernstein

Men's Ladder

Level 7
Level 6
Level 5      Csaba Pazmany,
Level 4      Peter Urban, Dan Hogan, Jackson Hall, Stephen Kendall,
Level 3     Slater Anderson, Kevin Cummings, Peter Levitt, Pierce Harman,
Level 2    Eric Aronson, Tim Bancroft, Tony Shull, Charlie Ackerman, Craig Lambert, Modestino Conte, Stuart Taylor, Blake Allison, Stu Richards, Bill Winkler, Tom Ames,
Level 1     Jaime Dalmeida, Joe Barbieri, Chris Jeffrey, Chris Kimball, Duncan Reece, TK McClintock, Jack Hall,


We have some sort of reciprocity with the Mt. Auburn Club. What is the deal?

Option I: Tennis Only

Friends of Mount Auburn Club (16 yrs+) – court fee + $2 per player

Juniors 15 and under

Option II: Tennis and Fitness Center

Associate Member of Mount Auburn Club (16 yrs+) – $180 for the year Juniors 15 and under Both options are available to members of the Cambridge Tennis Club, but not available to current MAC members.

Pierce Harman took zillions of pictures at the Memorial Day party, most of which can be found at:

Pierce Harman.zenfolio. com/ctc_memorial.

The club book should be in your hands always. In the case of some misfortune whereby the book is not, the website has all of the year's activities and other info up-to-date.



We have another flavorful contribution from one of our tennis gurus, Craig Lambert:

Tennis Ball Management

1. When rallying with three tennis balls on the court, when one player holds two while the other has one, the person with TWO balls starts the rally. This gives a way to decide who hits the first ball.

2. After a point or rally is over, do not return balls to the other player by raining them at his or her back as s/he walks to the baseline. Wait until the player faces you to return balls. The exclamation “Coming!” should never, or almost never, be heard on the tennis court. (Not, at least, not during a tennis match.)

3. In general, wait until you get to the baseline before requesting the return of balls for the next point. Don’t stand at the net and raise your hand to receive balls. It’s more difficult for the other player to hit a catchable ball to you there, and it’s harder to catch one on the fly than on the bounce.

4. When someone’s first serve is a let, call out: “Let! First serve!” Or, if the ball hits the net cord and goes over, but is a fault, call, “Second serve!” Do not exclaim, “Two!” to mean “First serve!” or “One!” to mean “Second serve!”

5. If the server has two balls in hand, start the point. Don’t waste time throwing balls around the court—i.e., by providing the server an unnecessary third ball Usually you only have one hour on the tennis court: use those minutes for playing tennis, not throwing balls around.

6. Similarly, in doubles, start the point when the server has two balls. If, on the receiving team, you have the third ball, put it in your pocket or under your skirt and receive serve. Don’t waste time throwing the third ball to the server’s partner— there is no need of a middleman. When the server needs another ball, take it out and hit it to him or her directly.

7. When a ball of yours travels onto an adjoining court, the standard way to request its return is to yell, “Thank you!” in the direction of that court. That performs double duty by making a request while simultaneously giving thanks for its fulfillment. Please wait until the other players have finished their point, if they are playing one, before yelling this.

8. When you are done playing, pick up all the balls and ball cans (and anything else you have brought onto the court) and take them away with you. To leave such items behind for others to take care of is to be a litterbug. Instead, be an adult and clean up after yourself.



The club has a new member named Pierce Harman who is, aside from being last year's Singles Champ, 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: 2012 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:

Rogers Cup

ATP World Tour

WTA Tennis



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. --

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 should be in your hands always. The website has all of the information in the book except Membership.

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.)



Take a look

at what was happening at this time last year.



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 Cambridge weather site.

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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.

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