Tennis Club News

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


"The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley"

Robert Burns


Dan and Rebecca, Senior Mixed Doubles Champions


Last weekend, plans went agley alright: the courts were rained out on two days. (The courts haven't been rained out for two successive days since 1971. Or was it last May?) Rain dates for the tournaments were scheduled for this coming weekend, but there are many conflicts in scheduling. Right now most of the courts have been opened to general play and the tournaments are being self-scheduled. We hope to see some finals here on Sunday.

We know that there will be a semi-final Men's Singles match, between Peter Urban and Michael Fix at 11:00 on this Wednesday. Come watch.

Other matches:


Tournament Winners:


Here are the drawsheets for this weekend's tournaments(pdf's):

Senior Women's Singles

Note: The Women's Senior Singles draw is included on this page.

Men's Singles


Let's look at some photos of recent action:

Matt, Will, Derek, and Jackson

Mike and Jose

Tournament action (Suzanne serving)

Faith and Bruce





Jack and Baby


The photos above were not by Pierce Harman. (You can tell.) But many of the photos come on the previous newspages do come from Pierce Harman. You owe it to yourself to see all of Pierce's amazing photos of CTC players in action. His club pictures, organized by year, can be found at his nifty website: Pierce Harman's CTC photos

Thanks again, Pierce.


And...the last big tennis social of the year:

Columbus Day Holiday Cookout and Pickup Doubles

Monday October 10th, from 10:00 - 4:00

There is a pot-luck part to the party. A contribution is not required, but is wicked welcome:

If your last name begins with A-M please bring fruit or salad; N-Z bring your best appetizer or dessert!

Play, watch, hang, socialize, mobilize.

Plus, A Meeting on 10-16, from 5:00. Prudence suggests that we don't attempt to describe it, rather, say, maybe, think of Meeting of the Estates General of 1789

October Table Tennis Events:

Table Tennis Social

Tuesday October 11th
Fun for all levels
BYOB + Snack optional

2016 Table Tennis Championship Doubles Tournament:

Wednesday October 19
6-9 pm
Sign-up sheet is posted at the club

Mimosa Monday

Monday October 31st
6-9 pm
Table Tennis with cocktails on the sidelines!


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


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.



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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