Chris Howard Column: Sign up now for local tennis events
If you're a tennis player in Prescott or the surrounding area, there are some really special tennis events that you need to be aware of that are coming up in the very near future.
If you enjoy a rousing competitive game of tennis, there's the 13th Annual Yavapai County Tennis Championships held at the Yavapai College tennis courts Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.
(Entry deadline: Friday, Sept. 23)
You can enter singles, doubles or mixed events in a variety of ability levels: 2.5 to 4.5, as well as senior events (60-plus), junior divisions of 14 and under, and the QuickStart 10 and under divisions.
The cost is $25 for singles and $36 per team for doubles. The junior QuickStart division is $5.
Entering is as easy as visiting pataonline.org. You can fill out and submit your entry without leaving the confines of your home if you have a computer. Or you can get a hardcopy to fill out at the Yavapai College tennis courts.
Then, on Friday, Oct. 7, we have the one and only Dr. Allen Fox visiting the City of Prescott to put on one of his very special and enlightening seminars followed by a book signing at the Prescott Racquet Club from 6 to 7:30 p.m. which is open to the public.
A limited number of participants can listen and enjoy Dr. Fox tout the strategy of learning how to improve aspects of the mental game that his latest book, "Tennis: Winning the Mental Match," covers in great detail.
As a top player, sports psychologist, TV personality, coach and author, Fox is unique in his uncanny understanding of the game in addition to having become a true part of the sport's history.
His bio reads like a storybook of all the things a great tennis player might dream of accomplishing.
He has a B.A. in physics and a Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA.
He was an NCAA Singles and Doubles champion, Wimbledon quarter-finalist, a 3-time member of U.S. Davis Cup team and in 1966 he defeated all of the year's Grand Slam title holders in a single tournament (Manuel Santana, Tony Roche, Fred Stolle and Roy Emerson).
He also coached Pepperdine University into a national powerhouse for 17 years and currently coaches players on the tour, consulting with a wide range of different-leveled competitors.
Dr. Fox is on the Tennis Channel, is an editor for TENNIS magazine, has authored best-sellers and continues to be one of the most interesting icons in the game of tennis.
The hour and a half seminar, which also includes an autographed book, costs $27.
Call 928-642-6775 no later than Sept. 1 to reserve your spot.
The third event is the 4th Annual Cancer Treatment Centers of America Tennis Championship in Surprise, Ariz., on Saturday, Oct, 8.
We're taking a 48-passenger bus down the hill to view the likes of Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Michael Chang and Mats Wilander play in a one-evening tournament from 6 p.m. to around 9 p.m.
When was the last time you ever saw Pete Sampras crack the serve that helped him win 14 Grand Slam singles titles? Not to mention Wilander, who won seven major singles titles, Courier with four and Chang with one.
The cost is $78 for the silver package (bus & ticket) and $98 for the gold package per person.
The bus will leave the Yavapai College parking lot at 2:30 p.m. and return around 11 p.m.
The deadline to sign up for this fun event is also Sept. 1.
Call 928-642-6775 to sign up or for additional information.
As for me, I plan on participating in all of the above and then going to play in the 4.5 Men's USTA Senior League Nationals in the Palm Springs area Oct. 14 through 16.
I highly encourage you all to enjoy at least part of this agenda.
These are the kind of things that make living life a little more enjoyable.
Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 35 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at
email@example.com or 928-642-6775.