Tennis Club News

Thursday, June 23, 2016


"That seest a game play'd home, the rich stake drawn
And takest it all for jest."

The Winter's Tale
Act 1, Scene 2



June is living up to its billing as the busiest month. How busy are we? Way.

Wonderful weather we are having, just wonderful. A problem though: we are in a bit of a drought. The staff is struggling to water the courts enough, what with folks playing on the them continuously. The staff is watering a-way and applying some calcium here and there, tastefully. (Calcium chloride retains water.) If you go out to play on a court that is soaked, it is probable that the staff has been over-zealous.

Family night is Saturday, June 23. Bring the kids. Bring some snacks.


Here is a story: One day last week a worker-bee, a constructicon, from the noisy house across the street came over to tell us that a cement truck was due momentarily and that there was a silver Volvo parked in the truck's spot. The Volvo would be towed unless it was moved forthwith. So two staff members fanned out across the full courts and shouted: anybody own a silver Volvo parked across the street? it's about to be towed. Anybody?

...and the responses were pretty good:

-I have an Audi sportscar, a 2-seater.

-My car is red.

-I have a silver car but it's at home in my garage.

-My wife has the car today.


...and (we can't resist), overheard at the club:

-Every part of me either hurts or doesn't work.

-You must be exhausted. You should leave tomorrow and go to the Vineyard and rest.

-I've come for my directory. (Repeat.)

Craig and Sandra

Freddie serves


The club book, the directory, is here. Get yours at the club. (The website has updates on everything including membership. Click on Member Portal.)

We have many wondrous events coming up:

CTC Movie Night!

Breaking Away

Wednesday, June 29th
7-9 PM
Rain or Shine

Brought to you by the CTC Social Committee


All CTC Singles Tournament Signup Deadlines are JUNE 26th!!!

If you're planning on participating in this year's CTC Club Championship for Men's or Women's Singles, or Senior Men's or Women's Singles, then please signup before JUNE 26th using the CTC events signup tab in the tennis bookings system. Scroll down the list of events to find the tournaments listed in the September/October time frame. Singles tournaments are self scheduled, therefore a finished draw is required before matches can start being played.

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.

Take a look

at what was happening at this time last year.




Men's and Women's Doubles are scheduled for Thursday and Mondays. Sign up on-line under Reserve a Court - Events.



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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