Tennis Club News

Monday, May 21, 2017


"For raging wind blows up incessant showers,
And when the rage allays, the rain begins."

Henry VI, Part III
[I, 4]
Richard Plantagenet (Duke of Gloucester)


Liam grills Happy Burgers



Mist, drizzle, rain, micro-bursts, neighborly downpours: oh, the sun never shines in Cambridge, MA. The courts are open, they are closed. Some courts are open, some closed. The phone rings, like, a lot. The staff works on the courts, merrily, very merrily, and then it rains yet again, and the staff smashes the furniture and throws things about. Verily. Merrily.

The courts are usually soft and wet and they are becoming a bit beaten up. (They will be fixed when the sun shines and the temps warm. Ya, when is that?)

And yet, sometimes the courts are open and players are swanning about, calling, 'love,' and everyone is happy and the bunnies are back and the birds are chirping. And we were open for most of the day on Memorial Day. People ate and drank and played and hung out:


Jeff (on one of our new high chairs)


Jen, who worked to put this party to-gether (she is doing post-doc work at Kale U.)



And, if the sun ever blesses us again, we have many wondrous events coming up:

The club's fabled Memorial Day Party is coming. Yes, Monday, May 29, the club is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with pick-up doubles from 10:00 to 4:00.

And food, yes, drink, yes. Wicked good fun, yes. A barbecue. A frolic. (There will be a minimum requirement for each person to eat one hotdog.)

There is a pot-luck part to the party:

If your first name begins with the letters, A-M, please bring some fruit or salad;

If N-Z, appetizers or dessert.

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

Guests are welcome but a prime-time guest fee will be charged.

We always have a big, merry turn-out. This year we are hoping for a demonstration by the club's zumba instructors.



Liam watering! (Doesn't it rain, like, every day?)



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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