20 and Counting: Join the Challenge Ladder Today!

I’m pleased to report that we have 20 folks balanced on the 2024 Summer Challenge Ladder.

There is still room for you! (in fact, you can join anytime)

Official matches can begin starting May 25.

For the tiny fee of $10, a summer of tennis is yours!

Here is the link

2024 Challenge Ladder

I am Doug

2024 Summer Doubles League is here!

Hi all,

The 2024 Summer Doubles league is kicking off this week on Tuesday, 5/14 at 7PM. We will be sending out an additional email with more details regarding the schedule and other additional information.

For our first day, we would like to ask everyone to be there by 6:45pm. Steve Sage and Edwin Teca will be on-site at Winchester to welcome everyone and provide any additional information for the players.

Below you’ll find a reminder of the rules for the league.


-Edwin & Steve


League rules:


  1. Scoring:  One-deuce, and then no-advantage scoring will be used.  This means that, at the first deuce, you play it out; if someone wins the next 2 points, the game is over.  If you get back to deuce, you play 1 more point to decide the game’s winner, with the receiver choosing which side from which they’ll return (deuce or ad side).
  2. Super Tiebreak:  All matches will have a 3rd set tiebreak if they are tied at 1 set each.  A super tiebreak is like a regular tiebreak, except it’s first to 10 (instead of first to 7), by 2 points.  The next server will serve 1 point, then switch server every 2 points.
  3. Time Expired:  If time expires, please make every effortto finish the game or super tiebreak.  If players come on your court and you are unable to finish, the game will not count, regardless of the score (unless it’s in a super tiebreak, in which case if a player is ahead by 2 points, they will net 1 game; if there is not a 2-point differential, the super tiebreak will not count).
  4. COVID-19: We have several policies to ensure proper social distancing including (a) any Winchester COVID-19 rules must be followed by all participants, (b) we ask that you do not playand instead find a sub if you are demonstrating any potential symptoms of COVID-19.
  5. Winning:  The winner of the match will be determined by the person who accomplishes one of the following, with priority given to the higher item on the list: (a) Wins 2 sets, (b) Wins 1 set and a super tiebreak, (c) Finishes the match with the higher number of total games won
  6. Substitutes:  If you cannot play a match, it is your responsibilityto find a substitute; you can find the list on the Tennis4All website (or at this link).  Please make every effort to find a substitute in your level before NOON ON THE THURSDAY BEFORE THE MATCHand notify all of the league directors below.  If you cannot find a substitute, after every effort has been made, please let both your opponents and all the league directors know that you will not be able to make your match.
  7. If you find a substitute, a regular match will be played.
  8. If you cannot find a substitute, after every effort has been made, please let both your opponents and all league directors know that you will not be able to make your match.  Your opponent and/or partner will have the opportunity to use the court as they see fit.  You can play triples with the three who could make it, invite others to join you on the court (all must be T4A members), hit drills with a friend, or work on your serves.
  9. If neither team is going to use the court, we must know by NOON ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE MATCH.  If we don’t let the Winchester Tennis Club know that the court won’t be used by end-of-day Friday, we have to pay for the court (even if it’s not used).
  10. If you are unable to make a match but don’t know until after noon on Friday, please do your best to find a substitute.  Even though we have to pay for the court, we understand accidents and injuries happen.  However, we do ask that every effort be made to either find a substitute or forfeit the match by noon on Fridayto avoid paying for unnecessary court time.


  1. Late Arrivals:  Nobody wants to wait for their opponents to show up, and no one wants to be defaulted, so please make your best effort to be on time.
  2. 0:00-4:59 minutes late:  Late person/team will be down 1 game and will be the receiver in the first game played.
  3. 5:00 – 9:59 minutes late:  Late person/team will be down 2 games and will be the receiver in the first game played.
  4. 10:00 – 14:59 minutes late:  Late person/team will be down 3 games and will be the receiver in the first game played.
  5. 15:00+ minutes late:  Late person/team is defaulted.


  1. No Shows:  No Shows with no notice that you can’t play your match will not be tolerated.  After the first instance, you’ll be put on notice that you’re in violation, and after the second you’ll be eliminated from the league with no refund.


  1. Code of Conduct:  The T4A Code of Conduct is on the Tennis4All website.  Please read it, as you’ll be required to follow it.

16 and Counting: The Ladder is Growing….

Greetings Tennis4All Community!

After one week of registration, I am happy to announce that the Summer Challenge Ladder has 16 contestants already.

We’d love you to join too!

For the mere registration fee of $10, you can enjoy the game of tennis and meet some wonderful folks to boot!

Here once again is the link which includes registration info and the Rules.

2024 Challenge Ladder

Please let me know if you have any questions

Match play officially can begin any time from May 25th on….

In the meantime, you are allowed to ask if anyone would like to play ‘a friendly’ (I know I am!)

Yours from the Tower,



Reminder: Doubles Social This Saturday!

Hi All,

May’s doubles social is this Saturday (May 11th) from 8-10 pm at Woburn Racquet Club. If you are planning to attend, please sign up ASAP so we can get an accurate head count for planning purposes. Food and beverage will be provided after tennis. I just saw Challengers the other night and it was good. We can discuss that too. It will be like a book club except fun. Is tennis really a relationship? Who in my life is just a racquet and a dick? So many things to ponder.

Hope to see you there,


March in this year’s pride parade with Tennis4All!

Dear Tennis4All Friends and Allies,

As Pride festivities are fast approaching, Tennis4all would like to invite all of you to join us in celebrating love, equality, and our diversity at this year’s Boston Pride events.

Our tennis community has the opportunity to come together and show our support for the LGBTQ+ community by marching in the Boston Pride for the People Parade on Saturday, June 8th. It’s a chance for us to stand in solidarity, promote inclusivity, and spread joy through the sport we love.

If you would like to join Tennis4All in marching in the parade, please indicate your interest by responding here by May 9th, 2024 so we can coordinate and ensure everyone has all the necessary information.  We will need at least 6 people to carry the banner and bat the tennis ball around as we march.
Once we have a good idea of who will be marching, we also will coordinate a pre-Parade meetup on June 8th. There’s nothing like a morning mimosa or two to get you in the marching spirit! 
If you’d like to read more about the Pride happenings across Boston this year, please head to the Boston Pride for the People site:

Whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or an ally, your presence and support are invaluable. Let’s come together, both on and off the court, to make a positive impact and spread the message of acceptance and love. Together, let’s make our presence felt and celebrate the beautiful diversity within our tennis community.

Looking forward to celebrating with you all!

Are you a happy camper?

Join us for one of Tennis4All’s best traditions every year — weekend tennis camp in Vermont! We’re headed back the weekend of July 19-21 to the Cliff Drysdale Tennis School at Stratton Mountain in beautiful southern Vermont. Clinics, a private lesson, even optional cardio tennis — all on clay courts. Get all the dets and register for the fun at Weekend Tennis Camp – Vermont

NCAA Division I tennis 🎾 tournament at Harvard! This Saturday 2PM – FREE Pizza and Ice Cream!!

Do you like watching great tennis, free pizza and ice cream?!?

If you answered YES, then you’re in luck!

Assuming that Harvard wins their first round match against Boston University (they will – Harvard is currently ranked #12 in the country!!), they will host the second round of the Men’s NCAA Division I tennis tournament at the Beren Tennis Center this Satruday, May 4th at 2pm, against the winner of the Michigan State/Denver match.

Harvard Men’s Head Tennis Coach Andrew Rueb has invited Tennis4All members to route on the Crimson for free!!

LOCATION: Beren Tennis Center – 65 North Harvard Street, Boston.

TIME: 2PM on Saturday, May 4th.

INCLUDED: Tennis, Free Pizza, and Free Ice Cream!

Hope to see you there!

Tennis4All Board of Directors