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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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We’ve all been going through hoops to not get COVID, yet the numbers have increased, and unless we are wrapped in a bubble there are still certain risks that are unavoidable.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist December 28, 2020
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When playing the game of tennis, there are a bundle of special mannerisms that make playing the game much more fun and enjoyable, known as tennis etiquette.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist November 26, 2020
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When I first picked up a racquet at the age of 12 there was no inclination that this game of tennis would be any more than a fleeting moment in life, something to have some fun with for a while, hanging out with neighborhood buddies, challenging ourselves to something different from baseball, basketball, football or getting into trouble.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist November 17, 2020
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Any time you have a couple of the top players in the world playing one another, especially in the finals of a grand slam, there would be much interest.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist October 27, 2020
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My background in the Prescott area has been primarily tennis and health clubs since 1985. Teaching and managing facilities. As of the past few months our tennis avenues have been compromised with Yavapai College shutting down the tennis facility once again, the PHS tennis facility with limited hours now that school is back in session Monday through Thursday, the Prescott Athletic Club who recently opened their pool, tennis and pickleball courts and had hoped to have a grand opening — now shut down due to City of Prescott technicalities on a building that has been up and running for over 30 years. A lot of discombobulation to say the least.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist October 13, 2020
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There comes a day when you’ve been on the tennis tour much longer than most, and in this case 22 years for right-hander Mike (two minutes older than his twin) and lefty Bob Bryan, the winningest doubles team in the history of tennis!

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist September 24, 2020
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As a tennis columnist the past 27 years and playing, teaching and making a living of sorts in the game since the late 1960’s, I’d much rather be writing about the U.S. Open (being played without a crowd, but still playing) or the Bryan brothers (greatest doubles team ever) who have just retired.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist September 14, 2020
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I had a chance to recently catch up with Prescott’s Taylor Johnson at UCLA. Here is a peek at what we discussed:

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist August 27, 2020
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I guess in these trying times, being somewhat flexible is necessary. The Yavapai College tennis facility will now begin its second time of being shut down due to the virus or complications surrounding it.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist August 13, 2020
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Over the years I’ve got to see a lot of different tennis, multi-purpose clubs, country clubs, sub-division recreational areas, college, high school and parks and recreation facilities, each one has its own challenges to be the best they can in servicing their clients.

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