Tennis Club News

Sunday, July 21, 2019


Member/Guest Tournament
To say you're welcome were superfluous.
To place upon the volume of your deeds,
As in a title-page, your worth in arms,
Were more than you expect, or more than's fit,
Since every worth in show commends itself.
Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast:
You are princes and my guests."

Pericles [II, 3]




The club Directory is on its way, but in the meantime, everything that is in the new book is available on the website, including membership. (And thanks to Kate Canfield and Lou and other helpers for all their work.)

Boiling hot lately, but we are busier than we were in June. Go figure.

On Saturday last the club hosted a Member/Guest Tournament that went very well indeed, thanks to Liz Herbert and Steve Lewis who are the co-chairs of the Tennis Committee. Folks frolicked and played (in the CTC Way) and ate and drank and carried on as if the temperatures were swell, not sweltering. Way to go.

Next up, we have a Round Robin coming up on Wednesday, July 24. Tennis starts at 6:00.

Note: while the Women's Doubles on Mondays have been a big hit, the Men's Doubles on Thursdays have not. Maybe we cancel for lack of interest?


Some pics from the Member/Guest Tournament:


Derek and Sophie Etienne

Chris Herbert, Jillian Nesgos, and Samantha Ahn

Steve Lewis and Allison Vzgaitis and Jen Hall and Brad Hastings.

Kwong Shen and Samantha Ahn lost in the Finals to Liz and Chris Herbert

...and Vin ran the grill.

(Hope we have the names right. And thanks to Liz and Steve and Jen for sending along the pics.)


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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