Ladder Update: A Month-Ish In!

Greetings Summer Challenge Ladder Competitors!

We are nearly one month in to the 2023 Tennis 4 All Summer Challenge Ladder and things are certainly heating up! 23 Matches have been played. The fans are going wild!

Happy to report we are 46 players-strong overall. Please let friends know they are still welcome to join. There is always room on the ladder. Would love to get to 50!

Newcomer Sarah Evenson remains on top of the Overall Standings, backing it up with a victory over newcomer Jared Sawyer.  Nice job, Sarah!

Speaking of Jared Sawyer, he had a huge win yesterday over the ever-tenacious Alan Gnani, moving him way on up to #5 in the rankings: well done, Jared!

Over on the Points Ladder, Scott Enos finds himself in a familiar place at #1 with 13 total points….Steve Sage and newcomer Bill Lamberson are right behind him with 12 points each. Great work all 3 of you getting out there to play lots of tennis!

The weather has been a bit unpredictable but this week looks pretty good as we all prepare for Wimbledon.

Don’t forget about the pot luck this Saturday, hosted by the ladder’s own Dan Chak. Contact him if you need info:      Thanks for doing that, Dan!

I’ll be unable to attend as I’m performing in a matinee of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ which is entering its final week over at the Balch Arena at Tufts. This is not a museum-piece of Shakespeare hoity-toity nonsense but rather, a highly Queer production for our Times. Come check it out if you are interested! I’m the Fool.

Buy Tickets!

Otherwise, I’ll see you out on the courts!






Newport Tennis

Hey all,

Just wanted to drop you a message letting you know about an exciting event coming up this summer. Details are still being finalized – but we wanted to share the date so people’s calendars have space.


Sunday, July 30 –  2-4PM

Newport, RI

Planning to have a group (space limited to first 24 people) go down to Newport, RI to the Tennis Hall of Fame and play on the grass courts there for 2 hours. Cost will be $125 – includes tennis and some food and drink.

More details to follow including a link to register. If you haven’t been to the Hall of Fame before – it’s a great visit and the grass courts there are really fun to play on. Hope to see you there!

If you have any pressing questions –  shoot me an email!

John Costello –



Shakespeare’s As You Like It featuring The Ladder Master!

Hello tennis 4 all Nation

We are about to start our second week of ‘As You Like It’ over on the Tufts Campus in the Balch Auditorium. We go thru June 25.

This is a very Queer production. (Shakespeare, duh!)

I am playing Touchstone…the Fool. Some of you will not be shocked to read this.

We are now offering a discount for the rest of the run, here is the information.

It’s a $35 ticket code for friends and family for the remainder of the run. Use code TOUCHSTONE35 to access this discount

Here is the link to information/tickets for the show.

As You Like It

Yours in Foolery,


Boston Tennis Classic – VOLUNTEERS and RAFFLE ITEMS needed

Dear Tennis4all Membership and friends,

Our annual Boston Tennis Classic tournament will be contested at Woburn Racquet Club Friday, June 16th through Sunday, June 18th.

This tournament brings tennis players from all over the world to Boston for three days, and is the flagship event for our organization.

It cannot be a success without volunteers!!  We need YOUR help.  The three biggest needs are:

  1. People to sell raffle tickets at the draw party.  The draw party will be at Cathedral Station in South End from 6:30-9 on Thursday, June 15th.
  2. People to register folks for our tournament banquet at Maggiano’s in the theatre district of Boston from 6-9 PM on Saturday, June 17th.  We also need people to sell raffle tickets at the banquet.
  3. We need Raffle items!! If anyone has raffle items we would greatly appreciate it.  All raffle proceeds go to charity.  This year’s beneficiary is the Sportsman’s Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester, MA.  For more information on Sportsman’s Tennis and Enrichment Center, here is a link to their website:

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Steve Menichetti at

If you have raffle items to donate, please email Chris Wood and Edwin Medrano at

Whether you are playing or not, please come out to Woburn Racquet Club for the event.  We’d love to see you! Thank you for considering volunteering and/or donating raffle items for this event.


Steve Menichetti, on behalf of the tennis4all Board of Directors

Renew your membership

Hi Folks – Friendly reminder that last year’s Tennis4All memberships will expire on May 31st. Please renew your membership now via the Tennis4All website so you don’t miss out on any fabulous benefits.

Here’s a quick look at the benefits of being a member:

  • Access to all of our fantastic programming including the singles league, doubles league, challenge ladder, winter holiday party, etc. through May 31, 2024
  • Discounts on monthly doubles socials
  • Ability to find other players near you through the membership directory
  • Supporting a great volunteer-run non-profit organization!

Thank you & let’s have another great season!

Kyle Poyar, Membership Director

PS – if you’re planning to play in the challenge ladder or the doubles league, you are required to have an active membership.

Saturday Approacheth! Also, Pronouns.

Greetings Tennis4All Summer Challenge Ladder Tennis Community!

This Saturday May 27th marks the beginning of official match competition. Not a bad idea to start setting those up if you have not done so yet. Take a look at the rules again if you’re not clear about who you can and cannot challenge.

Make sure the winner emails me with the results, and please include Who challenged who as that manifests in different points.

One thing I neglected to include in my initial invitation: if you would like to, please send me a quick message with your preferred pronouns, and also let me know if I have your consent to include those with your name on the ladder. If you would prefer not to do this, totally fine of course, just make sure when you and your opponent introduce yourselves to one another, that you include this information if it is important to you.

Thanks and for those of you with matches this weekend, Enjoy!

-Doug (he/him)

The Summer Ladder Awaits…YOU!

I am delighted to announce that we are still 12 days away from the official start of the 2023 Tennis4All Summer Challenge Ladder and we are already at 28 rungs! There is always room for more and we invite you to take part in all things ladder. Here is the link but the gist of it is: $10 and a membership in good standing and you’re in! We accept new players all summer long in fact, so if you’re not sure now but you decide later in June or July you’d like to join, you can!

2023 Summer Challenge Ladder

Also, though again official matches do not begin until the 27th, if you’re already on the ladder and would like to engage in what we call a ‘friendly’ match, by all means, do! Contact someone and set up a match, enjoy the beautiful weather we’re having. Just don’t report the score to me, as it won’t count until the 27th. That’s when everything counts. Every. Thing.




Shakespeare-Tennis Man!

Hello tennis friends.

I recently sent a message about joining the Summer Challenge Ladder. You should totally do that.

You might also wish to see me playing Touchstone in Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of ‘As You Like It’ over on the Tufts campus in the Balch Theatre. It runs pretty much the month of June. Come out and support the Arts and I believe it will be a very good time to boot!

While we all know Shakespeare lends himself to all things Queer, I will add that this production will be extra Queer. The director is Harold Steward from the Theatre Offensive.

Here is a link to all of the info:

As You Like It

If some of you want to get together and go as a ‘Group’ there are Group Discounts available if you email the lovely Evan Turissini at:


-Doug Lockwood