There are just a handful of professional racquet technicians who have had the storied career that Australia's Mike Newbound has experienced. Mike has been an IART member since 2011 but we've known about him for much longer than that. A principled man with solid morals, exceptional skills as a technician and a true sense of respect for his peers is what sets Mike apart from the pack He is a consummate professional whose reputation precedes him in stellar fashion and we are proud to have him as a member of the IART. He's had a career that has spanned over 35 years of servicing racquets at the tour level for numerous events.
Mike's career was profiled in a Tennis Australia article HERE
I spoke with Mike recently and with a little prying, was able to get him to open up for an IART member profile:
Q. At what age did you first become interested in tennis?
A. I had my first lesson at age 5
Q. Did you play tennis in college?
Q. What certifications do you currently have? (USPTA, PTR USRSA etc),
A. Tennis Australia Club Professional
Q. How long have you had each certification you stated in question #3?
A. 35 years
Q. What level is your certification in each of those organizations in question #3?
A. Level 2
Q. What year did you open your tennis business?
A. I had a tennis business in Adelaide that is now closed.
Q. How many hours do you teach tennis each day?
Q. Who is your biggest brand for racquet sales?
Q. Do you know how many string jobs you did in 2015?
A. 500 not including tournaments
Q. What are your hobbies outside of tennis? (what do you most enjoy other than tennis)
A. Radio controlled aircraft
Q. Are you married and if so, how many children and what age?
A. Yes to wife Sue with 3 girls aged 38, 36 & 29
Q. What would you say has had the biggest impact on your success with your business? (training, monetary investments etc)
A. Just being the best I can be at what I do.
Q. Do you have any big plans for your future regarding your tennis business? (expansion, moves, hiring people to help etc)
A. I have retired from tournament stringing but I plan to continue stringing for my local clients
Q. What is your #1 favorite thing about being involved in the tennis business?
A. The friendships I've made with people from around the world
A. What are your plans for your life after you retire from tennis?
A. There is no life after tennis you "Just keep on keeping on” I will always have a hand in tennis somewhere. I just cant help myself.