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

Here are a few.

When will Roger Federer retire? We all hope never, but that won’t be the case. He says he would like to play through the 2020 Olympics which isn’t impossible only being 2 years away, but he isn’t getting any younger.

What the heck is going on with Andy Murray. Is he not playing because he’s injured or just isn’t ready to play mentally? I think all of us are scratching on head on what’s inside his.

Why did the USTA build a brand new 100 court training center on 63 acres, move a good deal of their offices from New York and spend $60 million dollars - to Nona (Orlando) Florida and have it on the landing path of Orlando’s major airport?

Even if they were given the land it doesn’t make sense to me. Monster jets landing one after the other (every 10 minutes) so close to the courts that you can’t hear, you’re distracted, and it’s so close to the ground that even the wind currents are affected.

And , with that number of courts to keep busy they (the USTA) have been taking major tennis events away from many other sites around the country that has caused ill-will.

One of the “Happiest Places on Earth” has made some tennis players and organizers confused, disgruntled and not so happy in some ways.

Will Mike and Bob Bryan regain their old form when Bob returns after having had right hip surgery?

Mike has played well with Jack Sock winning two grand slam titles and soon to play in the year end doubles championships since Bob was sidelined.

It’s very difficult for twins not to be with one-another in many ways and these two have been inseparable, as juniors, in college and on the tour, not to mention successful and well liked, so good luck on Bob’s return in January.

When we play USTA League matches we use a tie-break system that is called the Coman, where you switch sides of the court after every 4 points played.

But when you play in USTA tennis tournaments most of the time you play a normal tie break where you switch sides every 6 points...and the professionals play that type as well. Why do they confuse the tennis population with not keeping it the same for each situation?

While we’re on the subject of rules and since I teach beginners, I’d love to see some of the past rules changed for the easy of learning something as simple as our scoring system. Love, 15, 30, 40, game, ad in, ad out deuce.

How about playing the first to 4 points win by two? The game of Pickleball should do the same with their crazy scoring system.

Thank goodness wearing all white (except at Wimbledon) has gone out the window.

Who believes tradition should override the aspect of simplicity?

Shouldn’t every public complex of 3 or more courts have a tennis professional on-board to help take care of and program enough tennis that the courts are utilized, taken care of and with a simple contract and Parks and Rec prices?

To me and being in the business over 45 years it still baffles me to see many small complexes of 8 or less courts that aren’t run very well. Why was it built in the first place?

What questions come to your mind in the world of tennis that there seem to be no answers for?

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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