Tennis Club News

Friday, May 27, 2016


"There is no average day."




Usually, the busiest month at the CTC is June. But we have been mighty busy in May. Mighty busy. And merry. Everyone is happy.

The club book, the directory, will be available soon. Maybe in a week or so. You can speed up the process by hounding the editors. (The website will have updates before the book is available, but not on membership. Please don't hound the website editors who are very spiritual and sensitive.)

We have many wondrous events coming up:

The Member-Guest tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 11.

Signup by May 28th.

Signup available online now under the events tab under Tournaments.

$60.00 per team

This is a social event - Professional Tennis players or Tennis Coaches are excluded from participating.

Ringers are allowed.


And also, one of the biggest, most sociable, rowdiest, most fun events of the year:

The Memorial Day Barbecue will take place right smack on Memorial Day.

The party will feature a barbecue, all-day, somewhat organized pick-up doubles, eating, drinking, being merry.
(If you are not merry, please play at Longwood.)

The club will provide burgers and dogs and condiments and drinks and whatever tasty marvels the Entertainment Committee comes up with.

There is a potluck part to the party: if your last name begins with the letters A-M, please bring fruit or salad. (Salads are particularly prized.)
If your last name begins with the letters N-Z, please bring an appetizer or dessert.

If your last name begins with the letters Sch, please come, for crying out loud.

A contribution will be appreciated, but is not required.

What happens if the courts are rained out? Do we sit on the curb and sob? Nooo, sobbing is for other, lesser clubs. We party on. Food will still be served, gaiety will prevail.

Also, we are hoping for a performance by the club's Tuba Octet.

Please come.

Pierce Harman has been around, playing, chatting, and taking some amazing photos. Pierce has posted some terrific shots of members in action. We urge you to take a look at his photos of the club at: Pierce Harman's CTC. And you might take a look at his professional website: Pierce Harman.

Here are some of his pics, much reduced for this website:

Adolf Jocknick

Liz Jocknick

The Jocknicks play almost every morning at 8:00. Almost every, like, 10 mornings in a row.
And, as you can see, they can play.

Charlene who played the most of any members last year, we think.

And Steve.



Men's and Women's Doubles are scheduled for Thursday and Mondays.



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.



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 2014.



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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