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REMINDER: End-of-summer social next weekend!

REMINDER!

Next Saturday, September 28, we will be having our annual end-of-summer social, from 4:30-9:30pm, at the Northeast Tennis Center in Middleton.  This year’s social will include:

  • Cocktail reception
  • Doubles play
  • Skills competition
  • Dinner buffet
  • Dessert and awards

This event is FREE if you’re a current Tennis4All member, or $10 if you aren’t.

You can sign-up for a Tennis4All membership here for just $35, which will allow you to attend for free.  Otherwise, please pay $10 at the social.

Regardless of whether you’re a member or not, we will also be taking donations to benefit the Sportsman Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester, MA.  (Suggested donation is $10.)

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE:

http://tennis4all.org/events/2019-summer-end-fall-beginning-social/

If you have any questions, please email social-events@tennis4all.org.

Hope to see you there!

James Conforti and Cliff Gibbons

Andreescu! Nadal! Legendre!

Well folks, the 2019 US Open and Summer Challenge Ladder have officially come to a close.

Congrats to Bianca, to Rafa and…perched still at the top of the ladder… is newcomer Jeff Legendre. Well done,  Jeff. You could not be shook. While it will most likely not be 3.8 million dollars, we hope you enjoy your well deserved gift.

On the ‘Points Ladder’, First and Second gift prizes will also be award to Scott Enos with 57 points and to newcomer Meng Kang with 49 points for. Way to challenge and be challenged out there, guys!

A prize for the biggest ascension of the summer will be given to Roman Krasikov. Fine work out there, Roman. I’m only sorry we never got to battle this year.

Thanks for the great participation this summer everyone. Certainly our biggest cohort in many years. Let’s keep it going and grow even higher next summer.

this is your Rung Master, signing out…

Doug

 

Join us for our End-of-summer social!

On Saturday, September 28, we will be having our annual end-of-summer social, from 4:30-9:30pm, at the Northeast Tennis Center in Middleton.  This year’s social will include:

    • Cocktail reception
    • Doubles play
    • Skills competition
    • Dinner buffet
    • Dessert and awards

This event is FREE if you’re a current Tennis4All member, or $10 if you aren’t.

You can sign-up for a Tennis4All membership here for just $35, which will allow you to attend for free.  Otherwise, please pay $10 at the social.

Regardless of whether you’re a member or not, we will also be taking donations to benefit the Sportsman Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester, MA.  (Suggested donation is $10.)

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE:

http://tennis4all.org/events/2019-summer-end-fall-beginning-social/

If you have any questions, please email social-events@tennis4all.org.

Hope to see you there!

James Conforti and Cliff Gibbons

Fall 2019 Singles League

All,

ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!

I am delighted to share with you the details of the Fall 2019 Singles Season by Tennis4All!

The details are as follows:

  • This season will consist of 15 weeks, from September 8, 2019 through December 15, 2019. There will not be any weeks where there are no scheduled matches.  All scheduled matches will be on Sundays at 6PM.
  • The cost will be $230 for the season.
  • Each participant will be scheduled to play at least 9 matches.
  • We are maxed out at 46 participants.
  • Registration will open on Monday, August 4 and will remain open until the earlier of (a) member capacity is reached or (b) Saturday, August 17.
  • We will be sending a reminder email to our membership each day registration is open. In advance, we ask for your patience and understanding regarding multiple emails; these reminders are vital to both reaching our capacity and keeping the league successful and competitive.
  • Everyone will be allowed to request up to 2 Sundays off, and I will do my absolute best to accommodate those requests.

How to sign up:

  1. Go to the Tennis4All website by clicking HERE.
  2. Verify your membership is up-to-date. If you are not sure if it is up-to-date, please email your Membership Director, Brian Bartoloni, at membership@tennis4all.org.
  3. Click the big blue “Sign Up!” button at the bottom.
  4. Complete the application.
  5. Submit payment.
  6. Please note that all three of the following must be successfully completed to be considered registered: (a) membership up-to-date; (b) application submitted; and (c) payment received.  If you have any questions/concerns, please reach out to Mike Dineen at mike.dineen.t4a@gmail.com.

If you’re interested in being a substitute, please email Mike at mike.dineen.t4a@gmail.com and I’ll add you to the list.

I (Mike Dineen) and other board members, to be determined after annual elections, will be the directors of the singles season.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns, please let me know.

-Mike

Movement near the Top!

We are almost midway thru August and things are heating up on the Challenge Ladder.

It is almost too hot to hold on! But don’t let go. There is more summer and more matches to be played !

In the wacky world of the ladder, Cliff C. actually defeated Meng K. but due to the timing of that win and subsequent wins by Meng, he is still ahead of Cliff C. Wacky I tell ya!

Speaking of Cliff C….the fans had to get out their Cliffs Notes and a couple of Clif Bars to boot the other day to watch the battle of the Cliffs! Gibbons took down Chuang in a true Cliff-hanger (stolen from Steve Menechetti, I’ll admit) I smell another match in the near future.

Mr Enos sits high at the top of the points ladder. Mr Pollock or Mr Kang are both in position to catch up with a few more challenges and wins! But no doubt Mr Enos will continue to take to the court as well. Could be a real nail biter! #manisandpedis

The weather is pretty gorge. Get out there and drink it up people! The ladder can handle it!

Also, I beat my brother once. He beat me again so we are at 2-1 him with one more Slam to go. If I can take it, we will have to play a 5th match for the Trophy.

-Doug of the Long Legs

Fall 2019 Singles League

All,

 

I am delighted to share with you the details of the Fall 2019 Singles Season by Tennis4All!

The details are as follows:

  • This season will consist of 15 weeks, from September 8, 2019 through December 15, 2019. There will not be any weeks where there are no scheduled matches.  All scheduled matches will be on Sundays.
  • The cost will be $230 for the season.
  • Each participant will be scheduled to play at least 9 matches.
  • We are maxed out at 46 participants.
  • Registration will open on Monday, August 4 and will remain open until the earlier of (a) member capacity is reached or (b) Saturday, August 17.
  • We will be sending a reminder email to our membership each day registration is open. In advance, we ask for your patience and understanding regarding multiple emails; these reminders are vital to both reaching our capacity and keeping the league successful and competitive.
  • Everyone will be allowed to request up to 2 Sundays off, and I will do my absolute best to accommodate those requests.

How to sign up:

  1. Go to the Tennis4All website by clicking HERE.
  2. Verify your membership is up-to-date. If you are not sure if it is up-to-date, please email your Membership Director, Brian Bartoloni, at membership@tennis4all.org.
  3. Click the big blue “Sign Up!” button at the bottom.
  4. Complete the application.
  5. Submit payment.
  6. Please note that all three of the following must be successfully completed to be considered registered: (a) membership up-to-date; (b) application submitted; and (c) payment received.  If you have any questions/concerns, please reach out to Mike Dineen at mike.dineen.t4a@gmail.com

If you’re interested in being a substitute, please email Mike at mike.dineen.t4a@gmail.com and I’ll add you to the list.

I (Mike Dineen) and other board members, to be determined after annual elections, will be the directors of the singles season.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns, please let me know.

-Mike

Fall 2019 Singles League

All,

I am delighted to share with you the details of the Fall 2019 Singles Season by Tennis4All!

The details are as follows:

  • This season will consist of 15 weeks, from September 8, 2019 through December 15, 2019. There will not be any weeks where there are no scheduled matches.  All scheduled matches will be on Sundays.
  • The cost will be $230 for the season.
  • Each participant will be scheduled to play at least 9 matches.
  • We are maxed out at 46 participants.
  • Registration will open on Monday, August 4 and will remain open until the earlier of (a) member capacity is reached or (b) Saturday, August 17.
  • We will be sending a reminder email to our membership each day registration is open. In advance, we ask for your patience and understanding regarding multiple emails; these reminders are vital to both reaching our capacity and keeping the league successful and competitive.
  • Everyone will be allowed to request up to 2 Sundays off, and I will do my absolute best to accommodate those requests.

How to sign up:

  1. Go to the Tennis4All website by clicking HERE.
  2. Verify your membership is up-to-date. If you are not sure if it is up-to-date, please email your Membership Director, Brian Bartoloni, at membership@tennis4all.org.
  3. Click the big blue “Sign Up!” button at the bottom.
  4. Complete the application.
  5. Submit payment.
  6. Please note that all three of the following must be successfully completed to be considered registered: (a) membership up-to-date; (b) application submitted; and (c) payment received.  If you have any questions/concerns, please reach out to Mike Dineen at dineen.t4a@gmail.com.

I (Mike Dineen) and other board members, to be determined after annual elections, will be the directors of the singles season.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns, please let me know.

-Mike

Tennis4All Board elections

Tennis4All Members:
It’s that time of the year again!  Please let us know if you are interested in joining the Tennis4All Board.
This was a great year and we are looking to re-energize our group to improve our core activities while finding new ways to connect with the LGBT+ tennis community.  We can only do this with the support and guidance of our volunteer board members.

Do YOU have thoughts on how to make Tennis4All more fun and offer great events??  Well, then put your name in the hat and join the board 😊  The board members are chiefly responsible for planning and managing the various year-round activities (i.e., singles league, doubles league, ladders, socials, team tennis, BTC tournament, etc.) and setting goals on how to improve the organization for years to come.

If you are a current member of Tennis4All and interested in running for one of the 12 board member positions, please e-mail your interest to cliffg@gmail.com by Saturday, August 24th, 2019. Depending on the number of candidates, you may be asked to provide a brief paragraph (fewer than 150 words please) explaining who you are and why you want to hold a position. The final list of candidates will be announced and all members will have an opportunity to vote via e-mail if we have more than 12 candidates.

Some of this year’s highlights:

  • Boston Tennis Classic featured as a Master Series!:  Congrats to tourney directors Ryan Losey, Roman Krasikov and Mike Mercier. We also received awards in 2018 for GLTA Best Tournament and Best Tournament Team.  Like, best in the world…Wow 😊.
  • BTC featured on the USTA website:  https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/newengland/boston-tennis-classic-2019.html.
  • We are hosting the Atlantic Cup this August 10 & 11:  We are welcoming Philly, NY, and DC at the Harvard Beren Center.  Thanks to Brian Frasier & Conall O’Cleirigh for organizing this great event.
  • Updated Website:  Chris Wood took the lead and revamped our site to a more modern and user friendly (and mobile friendly) approach…nice.
  • Volunteer Opportunities at Community Servings:  Thanks to Steve Backhaus for organizing this event, we are excited to give back to our community.
  • Participation in: Singles leagues, Doubles leagues, Summer Challenge ladders, monthly socials has been great! Let’s keep up the momentum.
  • Improved Facebook & new Instagram postings: Thanks to Gino Galutera for giving us a more polished and prominent presence on social media.

If you have any questions about the director positions or the time commitments involved, please feel free to contact me or any of the current board members who will be happy to assist you:  http://tennis4all.org/contact/

Barbara Ullman
Brian Bartoloni
Cliff Gibbons
Conall O’Cleirigh
James Conforti
Mike Dineen
Mark Weber
Scott Paveletz
Steve Backhaus
Steve Menichetti
Steve Santoro

We look forward to seeing a record number of candidates this year soon!

Thank you,

Cliff Gibbons cliffg@gmail.com
Tennis4All Clerk

Fall 2019 Singles League

All,

I am delighted to share with you the details of the Fall 2019 Singles Season by Tennis4All!

The details are as follows:

  • This season will consist of 15 weeks, from September 8, 2019 through December 15, 2019. There will not be any weeks where there are no scheduled matches.  All scheduled matches will be on Sundays.
  • The cost will be $230 for the season.
  • Each participant will be scheduled to play at least 9 matches.
  • We are maxed out at 46 participants.
  • Registration will open on Monday, August 4 and will remain open until the earlier of (a) member capacity is reached or (b) Saturday, August 17.
  • We will be sending a reminder email to our membership each day registration is open. In advance, we ask for your patience and understanding regarding multiple emails; these reminders are vital to both reaching our capacity and keeping the league successful and competitive.
  • Everyone will be allowed to request up to 2 Sundays off, and I will do my absolute best to accommodate those requests.

How to sign up:

  1. Go to the Tennis4All website by clicking HERE.
  2. Verify your membership is up-to-date. If you are not sure if it is up-to-date, please email your Membership Director, Brian Bartoloni, at membership@tennis4all.org.
  3. Click the big blue “Sign Up!” button at the bottom.
  4. Complete the application.
  5. Submit payment.
  6. Please note that all three of the following must be successfully completed to be considered registered: (a) membership up-to-date; (b) application submitted; and (c) payment received.  If you have any questions/concerns, please reach out to Mike Dineen at dineen.t4a@gmail.com.

I (Mike Dineen) and other board members, to be determined after annual elections, will be the directors of the singles season.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns, please let me know.

-Mike

Warming Up for the Open!

Hello Out There!

We have had some brutally hot days.

But now the weather is beautiful, as we all begin our preparation for the US Open Series.

There is movement on the ladder:

Sam, Roman and Meng have all moved up several rungs on the Challenge Ladder. Congrats to you guys.

How far can they go? And can anyone stop Novak? These are the question the world is asking.

Some of you may recall that my big brother David and I have a summer ‘Slam’ rivalry of our own. I must report that he took the first Slam, 6-3, 7-5….so it was close, and I think I know what I need to do to reclaim the trophy. Slam 2 will be tomorrow out on Block Island.

Its good to see so many active players on the ladder. Lets keep it going.

August awaits. On the way to Flushing Meadows

Peace

Doug