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Chris Howard, Courier Columnist

Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 45 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 928-642-6775 or

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Howard: It begins again – 2019’s tennis season and the Aussie Open

My Point

The Australian Open kicks off the “real” beginning of tennis season for fans of the game even though there have been a few warm up events held in that area to let the players acclimate to the conditions and prepare for battle as best they can already.

Tennis New Year predictions and resolutions

My Point

It’s that time of year again where you put the previous year to bed and gear up for what the new one will bring. Setting new goals to be achieved, or at least projected for and while most like to set the bar higher than the year before - that’s not always possible to reach.

Howard: Tennis wishes for Christmas

My Point

Santa is arriving soon and hopefully if you wanted something bad enough and expressed it in a pleasing manner it appeared.

Howard: A thankful year of tennis and trying to keep up with life

My Point

You know life has been pretty dog gone good to you when you get near Christmas and you’re asked what you’d like and you really don’t need or really want anything. Well, maybe it’d be fun to be 22 years old and be one of the top tennis players in the world, but that was only a dream then just like it still is today.

Howard: The proverbial excuse – as well as a few rants and raves

My Point

How many of you tennis players have made it through a whole tennis match and not said something that sounded like an excuse?

Howard: Reaching for excellence in the game of tennis

My Point

What makes a Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Serena Williams, Steffi Graf? An Agassi, Sampras, Evert or Navratilova - all exceptional champions in the world of tennis.

Howard: What’s the best method of finding or changing a doubles partner?

My Point

Ever had to find a doubles partner to play in an event or league match? It’s like asking someone out on a date, a bit scary and uncomfortable.

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State GOP launching ‘independent audit’ on allegations of election fraud

Alleging voting “irregularities’’ the state Republican Party is launching what it calls its own an “independent audit’’ of practices by Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes - an audit being aided by a law firm that represents the party.

Howard: There’s something to be said about continuity

My Point

People like to be able to depend on what’s going to take place and for some it might even seem a bit repetitive.

Howard: Tennis questions I’d love to have answers for

My Point

Sometimes you just can’t seem to get the answers for the questions you have and for me I have quite a few in the realm of tennis. A few of these questions may never have answers, while others it’ll just take some time yet to get them.

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