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Chris Howard, Courier Columnist

Stories by Chris

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State GOP launching ‘independent audit’ on allegations of election fraud

Alleging voting “irregularities’’ the state Republican Party is launching what it calls its own an “independent audit’’ of practices by Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes - an audit being aided by a law firm that represents the party.

Howard: There’s something to be said about continuity

My Point

People like to be able to depend on what’s going to take place and for some it might even seem a bit repetitive.

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

My Point

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.

Howard: Tennis road trip: New Orleans and Orlando

My Point

A week on the road to primarily play tennis in two national tennis events is a pleasure I’ve never taken the time to do - until now.

Howard: Tennis in a new lane

My Point

There are an awful lot of people playing tennis who have learned much of their game through trial and error. Nothing wrong with that, in fact it’s one of the main learning methods.

Howard: The tennis boom of the early open years

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It was a long time coming, but finally in 1968 the powers to be overthrew the old regime of a separated amateur and professional tour of tennis players and let tennis come alive with both competing against one another for men and women.

Howard: The path to playing professional tennis is a true test

My Point

This column is not for the faint of heart if indeed you have a child who has a goal of playing top level college and preferably professional tennis. It’s a dedication of time, money, hard work and willingness to give up most of the other things life has to offer and then there are still no guarantees.

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Howard: Park of Fame: Tennis inductions and clinic success

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When you organize and run a fairly large event, there are quite a few unknowns.

Howard: There’s much love for the history of tennis

My Point

Some people make it with their great play, some organize and work it, some write about it while others teach, some play at it and each part helps create the whole.

Howard: Serena, Serena, Serena … bad behavior is bad behavior

My Point

There’s no real reason to go over what happened at the U.S. Open singles final except the fact that everyone seems to have a different take on it. Tennis, like most sports can be very emotional - and even more so because it’s just one person playing another, it falls completely on your own shoulders - you against them.

Howard: Events make tennis much more fun

My Point

It was a crazy women’s final at the U.S. Open, and opinions of what took place are being bounced around like ping pong balls. But under the guise of this column, it’s still the fun events that make the game of tennis what it has become today.

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Howard: Don’t mess with my tutu, or my cat suit

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It’s the day and age of almost anything goes in the world of tennis attire as well as where you change your clothes during a tennis match.

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Howard: Andre Agassi more than a great tennis player

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Many moons ago when the Scottsdale Princess Resort held both a men’s and women’s professional tournament I had the pleasure of taking busloads of local tennis players down to watch some of the matches and at the same time interview the professionals playing matches there.

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Howard: ‘Red Oaks,’ a TV miniseries and trip down memory lane

My Point

My wife said to me, “Chris — you need to come watch a little of this.”

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Howard: Tennis inventions and how we got here

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The most basic parts of playing the game of tennis are taken for granted, things like a racquet, the ball, strings, rules and such.

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Howard: Playing sports throughout the aging process

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Most of us have loved playing sports of some kind throughout our lives, and God knows we want to continue doing what we love and probably have gotten pretty good at.

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Howard: An unconventional business idea, but why not?

My Point

There are millions and millions of sports fanatics, and have been for centuries, more now than ever before.

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Howard: What is the appeal, attractiveness of sport?

My Point

Every sport that has acquired millions of followers has found a niche in attracting people to either participate, spectate or both for a variety of reasons we’ve found appealing.

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Howard: ‘Borg vs. McEnroe,’ the movie

My Point

I just finished watching the movie “Borg vs. McEnroe,” and I remember watching the finals with a “Breakfast at Wimbledon” back in 1980 when it was happening, but the movie is less about who won that championship and more about how each person, Bjorn and John, reached that point in their lives.

Howard: A family affair of tennis greatness

My Point

I personally like hearing success stories, and the one I’m about to tell certainly falls under that category.

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Howard: Go green with local used tennis ball program

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Did you realize that there are over 130 million used tennis balls that could be recycled each year if you and I took the time to get them to the proper locations to help the cause?

Howard: The greatest tennis player who couldn’t play … Ion Tiriac

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When you think of the athletes who have acquired the most wealth over their careers and life-time, you would never imagine that Ion Tiriac would be at the top of that list. Many people wouldn’t even know who you’re talking about. Over two billion dollars later, the 79 year-old from Romania laughs all the way to the bank, his bank.

Howard: Different surfaces of tennis, and what to expect

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The majority of tennis courts in today’s world are of a hard surface, concrete or asphalt — but that hasn’t always been the case. Up until the 1960’s, grass and clay courts were prevalent and each of those surfaces as well as hard courts have their own special characteristics.

Howard: What I like about tennis, and what I don’t

My Point

Tennis has been in my life since the age of 12. During that time most experiences have really been great. But a few things I could have done without, and remember I’m just talking about tennis.

Howard: Nothing like a visit with old friends to bring back memories and catch up

Column: My Point

Spending five days back in the area (Newark, Ohio) you grew up and seeing old friends jogs the mind, memory and fun days of past.

Howard: The next chapter for junior tennis star Taylor Johnson

Column: My Point

The following is an interview with Taylor Johnson, who learned to play the game of tennis here in Prescott as a child at the Prescott Racquet Club.

Howard: Spring, summer and fall in Prescott — tennis season has arrived!

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Today is May 1 and the temperatures are now at a level that tennis players are thinking about playing earlier in the morning to beat the heat or a bit later in the afternoons to early evening and with those thoughts who they’ll be playing against, where and in what organized events or just calling a friendly foe for a match.

Howard: Degrees and careers in tennis

Column: My Point

Each of our high schools (Prescott and Prescott Valley) have tennis teams for both boys and girls and its quite often, just like all sports, that some of these young adults will become quite proficient and wonder if they just might be able to get a job in this unique field.

Howard: What’s it take to play the clay court season?

Column: My Point

It’s begun — clay court season, at least for the men’s ATP and WTA tennis tours. From April 9 to the end of the French Open, June 4th, the top men and women players in the world of tennis will be making their debut on the red sliding clay events throughout Southern USA, Morocco, Monaco, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Italy, many other countries and ending with the French Open.

Howard: Reliving old times with a childhood friend

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Most people during childhood have a best friend, one who for whatever reason you become close to, playing together, going to school together, getting involved in sports, hanging out, and eventually becoming best friends.

Howard: Confidence important when making the grade in tennis

Column: My Point

Confidence can be described as a belief in one’s ability to succeed. Striking a healthy balance can be challenging. Too much of it and you can come off as cocky and stumble into unforeseen obstacles, but having too little can prevent you from taking risks and seizing opportunities—in school, at work, in your social life, athletic endeavors and beyond.

Howard: An open letter to Roger Federer

Column: My Point

Dear Roger, I am one of your many tennis fans and would like to give you my two cents maybe not of advice, but certainly of thought through the eyes of what history may hold for you.

Howard: A few weird and strange tennis facts

Column: My Point

In the 144 years that the game of tennis has entertained us there have been some unusual things that have taken place that many players may not even be aware of.

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Howard: Going above and beyond, Caprielian 35-year volunteer at Indian Wells

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What can you say about a person who has gone over and beyond in giving of their time and energy to help make what is now the fifth largest tennis event in the world become a destination point of special memories for millions of people.

Howard: Who said today’s game of tennis is a sissy sport?

Column: My Point

Back in the days of old when people exalted the three main sports of baseball, football and basketball as the real sports of men (and now women), the game of tennis was sometimes made fun of.

Howard: Amateur status? Who really cares

Column: My Point

At one time, being an amateur in sports was the difference between getting to play in most sporting events in your chosen field or being left out - playing for personal satisfaction, not monetary gain.

Column: Women in tennis still pushing forward, part 2

'My Point'

Wikipedia states from Suzanne Lenglen’s book, “Lenglen was criticised widely for her decision to turn professional, and the All England Club at Wimbledon even revoked her honorary membership.”

Column: Women in the world of tennis are still pushing forward

'My Point'

Since the beginning of time, it seems like men have been “King of the Hill” while women in general were forced to take a back seat.

Column: Coaching in the world of tennis, past, present and future

'My Point'

The game of tennis has roots that go back much further than the year Major Wingfield patented it in February of 1874 and the development of the player skill sets as the years have advanced have taken enormous leaps and bounds as well.

Column: Is Indian Wells the ‘Garden of Eden’ for tennis lovers?

'My Point'

"California, I’ve been blue - since I’ve been away from you,” my eyes turn westward knowing it’s time to plan the trek back to the place made famous by the likes of so many great tennis players, a place simply known as the Masters Tennis Tournament in Indian Wells!

Column: Wave of future in tennis, ambidextrous players?

'My Point'

Just imagine if Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray could play the game of tennis with two forehands hitting groundstrokes, volleys and serves, yes using both their right and left hands equally well.

Column: How to deal with aches, pains from tennis matches

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Does your body have its own way of talking to you like mine does after playing a tough tennis match?

Column: New technology great, but tennis world misses old-school routines

'My Point'

When you’ve been “Old School” for most of your life, the younger crowd wonders why you seem to be behind the times for what’s taking place in today’s world of tennis and everything else going on around us.

Column: Tennis doesn’t prosper without the help of many

'My Point'

Build it and they will come. A profane statement to say the least, because anyone in any business knows that isn’t the way it works - not even close. Locally the sport of tennis has taken decades to grow into a viable entity and it’s been one small step after another.

Column: The first slam of 2018, the Australian Open

'My Point'

The game of tennis is pretty much a year-round sport here in Arizona and professionally.

Column: What’s in and what’s out on the dreaded line call

'My Point'

A little over a week ago I played in a national tournament in the Phoenix area and for the most part really enjoyed each match in singles and doubles. The competition was tough and people converge for this last national from all over the country. I played people from Nebraska, Texas, Colorado, California, Canada and Arizona.

Column: Preparing for battle in tournament play

'My Point'

When you decide to play in a tournament, USTA League play, or any tennis competition where you most likely will be playing others you’ve never met, there comes a rush of emotions - for various reasons.

Column: 2018 Grand Slam rule changes, and others that are being considered

'My Point'

The Grand Slam board concluded their two-day meeting Nov. 21 and decided on several changes in what will take place in the four major tennis tournaments, including the Australian, French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open of 2018.

Column: The most revolutionary device invented for tennis since the rubber ball

'My Point'

This past year and now just getting the press it deserves, Gregoire Gentil a Frenchman and inventor who now resides in Palo Alto, California, came up with a solution to the common man’s problem of calling their own lines.

Column: How does your brain work best … when playing tennis?

'My Point'

It seems about 70 percent of the tennis player you become is a result of your learning of playing skills, the basic stroke-fundamentals added to sound strategy for singles and doubles.

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