Tennis Club News

Monday, August 31, 20015


"I am sorry for thee: thou art come to answer
A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch
uncapable of pity, void and empty
From any dram of mercy.

The Merchant of Venice
Act 4, Scene 1



Maeve, and...

Michelle defeated...

Liz and Molly in a thriller.


Our own David Hemenway was brilliant on NPR Monday morning with Tom Ashbrook.

David Hemenway

David, as most of us know, teaches at Harvard's School of Public Health and has written extensively on gun control issues. He was quoted last week in the Times in an op-ed by Nicholas Kristoff.)

Here's the link to the podcast:

Dave Hemenway On Point

The amount of play at the club during August has been exceptionally high. The large number of tournament matches may have something to do with that. We are busy.

The tournaments are moving right along here. Here are some matches that you might want to watch:

  • Tuesday, 9-1 @ 6:00: Men's Singles Quarter Finals: Peter urban vs Ben Bradlee
  • Wednesday, 9-2 @ 4:00: Men's Doubles Semi-Finals: Rueb/Lamber vs Pazmany/Harman
  • Wednesday, 9-2 @ 4:00: Men's Singles Quarter-Finals: David Summersby vs Kevin Cummings
  • Friday, 9-4 @ 4:00: Women's Doubles Semi-Finals: Ercolani/Schaffer vs Pruitt/Radden
  • Friday, 9-4 @ 4:00: Mixed Doubles Semi-Finals: Roberts/Updike vs Pazmany/Fingland

Some tournament photos:

Steve and Alex. (Alex won.)

Jen Hall helped.

Bruce, Sam, Jackson, and Derek. (Jackson and Derek won.)

We expect the Labor Day Party to be huge and we expect play in September to be epic. We are predicting that this party will be one of the biggest holiday cook-outs ever.

Annual Labor Day Cookout and Pick-Up Doubles

Monday, September 7th

10:00 - 4:00 PM

There is a potluck part to the party and while a contribution would be appreciated, it is not required.

If your last name begins with the letters A-M please bring fruit or a salad, N-Z please bring your best dessert! (Salads are treasured.)

(We are hoping for a performance by the club's madrigal ensemble, the Sonateers.)

And the last round robin is coming:

The last round robin is scheduled for Wednesday, Septembe 16th at 6:00.

$25 per player - cost includes organized play with Pro Doug Eng, dinner and drinks!

Sign-up available online under the events tab or by speaking with the staff.



The website has a handy calendar of events for the year and a August events calendar. Take a look at the events tab.

The Tournaments, the tournaments. Yes. The draws are posted on the club bulletin board and available for your delectation here:

Oh ya, we should note that due to a pesky technical glitch (is there another kind, other than pesky?) some of the drawsheets say 2014 instead of 2015, but they, the drawsheets, are for this year.

Many thanks to Csaba for making up the draw in spite of many obstacles.

And please play your matches instead of going to the Vineyard. While some players bathe and sun, others practice and play and get stronger and stronger. Think about that.



And also...

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

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



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.)




The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2014. From there you can see the whole of the Persistent Archive of last year's news.

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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 (2014). 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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