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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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My brother Jeff and I discussed how the makeup of a match like 23 singles grand slam winner Serena Williams would do today against former great and bad boy, commentator, tennis legend, John McEnroe, with their current age difference.

The Yavapai College tennis facility opened back up this past Saturday with all seven courts in use by 8 a.m. and the patrons are thrilled to be playing there once again.

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus), life has indeed changed on many fronts especially the last two months here in Prescott. Even for the tennis players and their normal outdoor routines with Yavapai College and the Prescott High School tennis facilities locked up - most would say at this point unwarranted.

As a newbie tennis player in the 1960’s and at ages 12 to 13 I was the low man (kid) on the totem pole in regard to wanting to play with the better men and women players in the area of Newark, Ohio.

So, here we are with pretty much our former active tennis lives put on hold with a virus that has taken over the world.

Here we are, ready to start our finals match at the Southwest Grass Court Tennis Tournament, a level one event with enough ranking points to give us the No. 1 ranking - at least to this early point in the spring season of the 65’s.

“To play or not to play,” that’s definitely the question tennis players have been kicking around among themselves since the corona virus hit the scene.

Our good tennis friend, Brian Buchholtz, came up with some tennis tips I found interesting that you should give serious consideration to. I’ve added to his special sense of getting through these unusual times.

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State lawmakers decided Tuesday, Feb. 18, that Arizona needs to remember the victims of Communism.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist February 22, 2020

Local tennis players Fay Matsumoto and Jan Hasse started off the year not at the Australian Open cheering on the top players in the world, but competing and winning at the “Wilson World Tennis Classic” the world’s largest adult/senior amateur tournament, in Palm Desert, California recently.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist February 3, 2020

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