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 choward4541@gmail.com.

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My Point: Matsumoto, Hasse use experience to win national tennis tourney

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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.

My Point: How to choose offensive, defensive tennis strategies

Tennis comes down to two types of strategy, offense and defense. Which strategy is best for you depends on what weapons you have in your game, your personality type, your physical and mental condition, and one more thing ...the opponent you’re playing.

Howard: Go out with a BANG! Playing Tennis in 2019

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It’s the last day of 2019 and yes, it’s winter - but still warm enough to go out in a blaze of glory on the tennis court with a high temperature of around 45 degrees today.

Howard: Time of year to be thankful — tennis and otherwise

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“Twas the day before Christmas”... and this time of year certainly brings all kinds of wonderful memories for everyone, not to mention a New Year around the corner and a new decade to enjoy and plan starting 2020.

Howard: Phoenix tennis tourney becomes premier event for players of all levels

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Twelve years ago Tournament Director Josh Bates created a money tennis tournament held at the Village Racquet and Health Club on Camelback and 44th Street in Phoenix, that has become a premier tennis event for players in the Southwest and beyond for all levels of play.

My Point: Should the game of tennis shorten its formats?

Suggestions on how to shorten the game of tennis from what it’s been in the past is starting to gain more and more traction and it may be warranted.

Howard: Exciting times in the world of professional tennis

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Recently professional tennis has had an explosion of tennis news that enthusiasts want to hear and keep up with.

My Point: How change takes place in today’s tennis world

In my limited lifetime of tennis there are a few things in the game I would love to see take place that probably won’t.

Howard: 5th annual PATA Tennis Park of Fame Clinic and Inductions History

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Community tennis events are really fun to organize and put together, but it takes a good committee of people and volunteers coming together cohesively to do it in a manner that truly makes it all feel pretty darn good and that happened this past Sunday for our 5th Annual PATA Tennis Park of Tennis Fame Clinic and Induction day.

Howard: The economic impact of public tennis/sporting facilities in the Prescott area

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It’s tough to do a “perfect” study of what the economic impact of having nice public sporting facilities built, programmed and staffed in a city such as Prescott.

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