Tennis Club News

Saturday, June 29, 2019

More torrential downpours ALL COURTS CLOSED 


"Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia"

[IV, 7]



2019 season so far


We are having about the slowest June in history. Last week, for instance, we never had one hour of court time when all the courts were booked. June is usually our busiest month. The prevailing theory is that we've had so much rain that people are discouraged and gave up. Wicked woeful. We recommend that when you see a ray of sun, grab your racquet and run down do the club and play. Oh ya, check that the courts are open and not still under water.

Maybe we can make up for lost play by playing a lot at the club's wonderful Fourth of July Party. Maybe.


On Thursday, July 4th, the club will celebrate our parting ways with perfidious Albion by hosting a barbecue, pot-luck, somewhat organized pick-up doubles tennis jamboree. (We will also feature tennis at Wimbledon on tv to show that we don't hold grudges too long.

The club will provide hot dogs, burgers, barbecue-ables, condiments, chips, and beer and soda.

There is a pot-luck part to the party. A contribution is welcomed but not required.

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

If your last name begins with the letters N-Z, please bring dessert or nibbles.

If your last name begins with the letters Sch, please bring a child.

The club's parties are usually rockin' affairs, the club at its most sociable. You sign up on the board, you play, you eat, you play some more, you drink, you hang. Disagreeable members(do we have one?) have all gone to the Vineyard.

No sign-up is required. Guests are welcome but a prime-time guest fee will be charged.

Please come.

Having trouble with the new reservation system? Well, here's a couple of helpful hints:

After you've made your reservation, picked a time, and added the players, remember to hit the button marked 'Done.'

Whatever you do, do not use 'tbd' or 'tba' or members' first name only. The system identifies tba, tbd, and first names as guests and charges guest fee. The old system let us do those things and we got used to it, but the new system is a little more, um, rigid.


Here's a list of the opening dates for the last few years:


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



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.

We have some new books to blurb:

A new book by club member, Camilla Chavez Cortes: The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology, a book about science for general readers,by club member and former President of MIT, Susan Hockfield. Amazon says: "...we are on the cusp of a new convergence, argues world-renowned neuroscientist Susan Hockfield, with discoveries in biology coming together with engineering to produce another array of almost inconceivable technologies―next-generation products that have the potential to be every bit as paradigm shifting as the twentieth century’s digital wonders."

p> "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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