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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Howard: What the heck is arthritis anyway?

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To make a long story short I went to the doctor the other day to see why my right hip has been bothering me so much lately. After a couple months of being two steps short of reaching balls on the court and a toothache pain that hurts more when I’m sitting than standing, it became more than I wanted to endure any longer.

Howard: Where are they now after WTA Tour success?

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When players drop off the professional WTA tour where once their names were widely known to the point it’s unusual to hear anything about them I wonder what the next chapter in life for them was.

Howard: ‘The bigger the challenge, the harder I try’

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Charlie Pasarell said, “The bigger the challenge, the harder I try.” “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” Arthur Ashe.

Howard: How the game of tennis teaches life lessons

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Learning sports in general teach each of us a world of life lessons, but the game of tennis even more-so due to the fact there are so many ups and downs during a match, and in a close match it ain’t over till the last ball’s been hit.

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Howard: Indian Wells event has an incredible history

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A small ATP charity fundraising event held in Tucson in 1975 moved to the Mission Hills Country Club in the Coachella Valley, California, in 1976 as a regular ATP tour event.

Howard: The game of tennis a great way to balance life out

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Most of the time in this column I try to be upbeat, informative, knowledgeable, and progressive toward life - especially with the aspect of tennis in mind. That particular game has given me a lot of sanity in its own way as well as a living of sorts. It’s been there for me through some rough patches.

Howard: Local Fun Affair with Allen Fox - the man who’s done it all in the World of Tennis

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Every now and then you run into someone who truly impresses you in a variety of avenues, hopefully for most of us that person is a boss or better yet our spouse, but in this case it’s a man who is truly respected by just about everyone in the tennis industry and beyond - Allen Fox.

Howard: What they did other than being great tennis players

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We know who the great tennis players are, or do we?

Howard: A jant to Indian Wells and other legendary tennis sites Over spring break

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I’ve been making the trek over spring break to cover the Indian Wells ATP Masters & WTA Premier combined tennis tournament since 2000, and each year it seems to get better and better. Where else can you get to see most every current professional male and female tennis player compete, practice and workout upfront and personal?

Howard: It begins again – 2019’s tennis season and the Aussie Open

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The Australian Open kicks off the “real” beginning of tennis season for fans of the game even though there have been a few warm up events held in that area to let the players acclimate to the conditions and prepare for battle as best they can already.

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