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Thursday, October 8, 2015


"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulnesss"


To Autumn

"Autumn, especially in poetry, has often been associated with melancholia. The possibilities of summer are gone, and the chill of winter is on the horizon. Skies turn grey, and many people turn inward, both physically and mentally."

Autumn (Wikipedia)



Csaba is a a speedball blur on the court.

Not quite yet with the melancholia. We feel bad for the folks playing indoors instead of at the club. The courts are in great shape. The players gambol about in bright, crisp air. Yes, we are gamboling. Here, you gambol and win.

...and speaking of gamboling:

The Columbus Day Cook-out-oh-ya

We have yet another party, from 10:00 to 4:00 on Monday, a barbecue, potluck, pick-up doubles jamboree. Oh ya.

The club will supply extraordinary food (who knows what Modestino and Jana and Jen will come up with for this one) soft drinks, beer, condiments, ambience, and tennis courts.

We are hoping for a performance by the club's pantomime group, The Mummies.

While there is no requirement to bring a treat, there is a potluck part to the party:

If your last name begins with the letters A-M please bring fruit or a salad, N-Z please bring your best dessert. Appetizers are welcome also. Almost anything is welcome.

Michelle might be here.


One of our celebrity writers, Craig Lambert, has a piece appearing in the Sports Illustrated website on a new tennis rating system that is Give it a look.


If you want to sound young and hip - and we know that you do - you use the new word 'rando,' meaning 'random.' People can be called 'randos' as in 'oh we met up with some friends and a couple of randos last night.

What on earth...?

Some random pictures of, not randos, but folks we love:

Molly defeated Faith for the Senior Women's title.

An alien? a child?

...And Jen, our Women's Singles Champ.


Floods of Fall
We haven't seen much of this action this tennis season. We have been told that in the last 42 days we've been rained out on 2.

Floods of Fall 2
Nice work by Liam and the staff for getting the courts open so promptly after the flood.



Jen Radden, Women's Singles
(vs Donna Gordon)

Peter Urban, Men's Singles
(vs Kevin Cummings)

Aleta Cebere / Shana Roberts Jeffrey, Women's Doubles
(vs Jen Radden / Deb Pruitt)

Pierce Harman / Csaba Pazmany, Men's Doubles
(vs Michael Fix / Peter Urban)

Liz Herbert / Peter Urban, Mixed Doubles
(vs Shana R. Jeffrey / David Updike)

Molly Downer, Sr Women's Singles
(vs Faith Moore)

Anthony Herrey, Super Sr Men's Singles

Deb Pruitt / Peter Maggs, Sr Mixed Doubles (walkover)

Sr Men's Singles draw did not play.

Consolation Draws

Guy Stuart, Men's Singles
(vs David Smoyer)

Renata von Tscharner, Sr Women's Singles
(vs Suzanne Ogden)

Marty Miller, Sr Men's Singles
(vs Clark Abt

) Lucinda O'Neill / Carol Streit, Women's Doubles
(vs Jane Bernstein / Virginia Coleman)

Donna Gordon / Modestino Conte, Mixed Doubles
(vs Jana Magnette / Zach Goldberg)

Molly Downer / Bill Winkler, Sr Mixed Doubles
(vs Donna Gordon / Jack Hall)



Our own David Hemenway was brilliant on NPR a few Mondays ago.

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 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.)




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