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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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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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Normally at this point in the professional tennis season we’d be watching the “March to the U.S. Open going full bore, with The Canadian Open in Toronto/Montreal followed by the Washington, D.C. Citi Open, both now canceled due to the virus.

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“Ten years ago I’d have not only gotten to that shot, I’d have hit a winner past you,” I inwardly thought to myself with a pasted smile but with a real comment of just, “Nice shot.”

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A blink, a chance happening, volunteer help, pats on the back, a little success, job prospects and opportunity, ignorance, roadblocks, open doors, diversifying, looking at the big picture, making decisions, trying not to be afraid, listening to your heart, giving back, family and community, continuing forward … life in a nutshell for this columnist and his journey in the tennis world.

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Sixteen-year-old Coco Gauff from Delray Beach, Florida seems to be a very poised and focused person, not only as a tennis player but more lately as a Black Lives Matter impromptu speaker at a local rally in her hometown.

“If there’s such a thing as a tennis bum, I’m it,” [Whitney] Reed matter-of-factly admitted to Sports Illustrated in a characterful 1962 profile.

It’s on! The U.S. Open is going to take place Aug. 31 through Sept. 13 in New York and with that what will the script be for what’s to take place?

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It is coming down to crunch time to decide if the two last major tennis tournaments of the U.S. Open series will be held this summer, the Western and Southern Open, normally held in Cincinnati, followed by the U.S. Open one of the four major grand slam events.

Tennis isn’t what it was 3 or 4 months ago, with a barrage of events, league play, full tennis groups, and all facilities open for play without restrictions and now some trepidation in our mindset.

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.

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