Tennis Club News

Saturday, June 27, 20015


"The sport (table tennis) originated in England during the 19th century, where it was played among the upper-class as an after-dinner parlour game.[4][5] It had several different names, including 'whiff-whaff', and it has been suggested that the game was first developed by British military officers in India or South Africa, who brought it back with them."


      " in rage strikes wide;
But with the whiff and wind of his fell sword"

-First Player
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Act 2, Scene 2



Table Tennis Adepts in the Zone


Table tennis is raging at the club. Just raging. We have table tennis parties, tournaments, ladders. We have some great players and some golfers (golfers are those players whose shots go into the balcony. Golfers are tolerated.) The Tuesday evening pong-socials are a big hit. Come see, come play.

We looked up 'table tennis' on Wikipedia and found some amazing bits of info. You might take a look:



And also...

We are celebrating the Fourth of July on the Fourth of July, Saturday, 7-4, with a huge party, a barbecue, and pick-up doubles. The club will supply basics, dogs, burgers, drinks, condiments, and whatever exquisite foods Modestino cooks up for us (basics indeed.)

Maybe, just maybe, we will have a performance by the club's Revolutionary War re-en-actors, the Revenants.

There is a pot-luck part to the party:

If your last name begins with the letters, A-M please bring fruit or salad, N-Z bring your best dessert! Also, guest are welcome but a prime-time guest fee will be charged for non-Cambridge residents.

And also...

The next round robin is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15. You can sign up on the porch bulletin board or on-line with our handydandy court reservation system. The last round robin was a blast.



The website has a tradition of blurbing books written by members (see below). Let's try a new feature: club artists with current or upcoming shows.

Susan Miller-Havens is showing a piece in "Women of Vision" National Association of Women Artists at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center (1st floor) On 2nd St a right off Cambridge St. near Court House (permit parking or meters)

Show is on until Aug 28th.


Liz Marran is in 'a one day "pop-up" exhibition and reception she is hosting at the "Modestino Gallery" this coming Friday, July 3  a week from today at 6:30 - 8:00 PM.  It represents a week-long collaboration that begins this Monday of student artists from UMB and invited local and international artists.'  Everyone is welcome.
(Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston Office of Global Programs with additional support from Modestino Conte and Graphic Chemical Company)

We invite all club artists to send us info or blurbs on their shows.




The tournaments are nigh. The draws are being made up even as you read. We will try to post them here on the newspage.

Sign-up for the Tennis Ladder is also posted on the you-guessed-it porch bulletin board.

The bulletin boards are so packed with treats that you can just spend the day studying them, saying over and over, oh my.

The new club court booking system is live. Using it is wicked fun. Give it a try. And note that you can sign up for events and reserve the table tennis table. Like, wow?



Pierce has kindly posted lots and lots of great photos of the tournaments and other club events of last year. You can see, and even download his photos at: Pierce Photos.



A call for contributors: We need some on-the-spot correspondents. Please send us opinions or comments or jokes or observations or pleas. Or stories.


Some links of interest:

Rogers Cup

ATP World Tour

WTA Tennis


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."


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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