About

The International Alliance of Racquet Technicians™ is an independent organization that seeks to support those with an interest in racquet service, with a primary focus on tennis. The IART was created when the original group, GSS (Grand Slam Stringers) was reorganized to encompass an International audience and as a result, was rebranded with the trademark name of  the International Alliance of Racquet Technicians™. Bypassing the workshop format that other organizations were offering, the IART was the first organization to offer the industry a complete and comprehensive training "symposium" for racquet technicians from around the world. The annual IART symposium introduced this format and concept for racquet technicians in April of 2007 in New Braunfels, Texas. The GSS symposium, as it was originally called, combined the elements of educational seminars presented by professional racquet technicians and industry representatives, all under one roof over a period of 5 days. In 2008 a mini trade show was added to the event. IART takes great pride in the fact that they were the first organization to adopt an International moniker while others have only copied this concept by simply adding the word "International" to their existing brands. The IART supports and encourages the interaction of it's members in an effort to further their education and increase their networking abilities through this website as well as the annual IART training symposium. IART; the originator, not the imitator!

TIM STRAWN - Executive Director, IART

Tim US Open profile picTim is a professional racquet technician who has been in the racquet sports industry for over 25 years. He has served as both a USPTA & PTR teaching professional which eventually led to the opening of his tennis business in Roanoke, Virginia where he currently resides. From 2000 to 2008 he worked as a racquet technician at various ATP/WTA events including Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Sony Ericsson Open. In 2002 he introduced the popular web site at www.grandslamstringers.com which has since evolved to become the International Alliance of Racquet Technicians™ (IART). He is the owner and founder of the annual IART Racquet Stringers Symposium, a professional training event for racquet technicians of all levels. He is a Master Racquet Technician (MRT) and certification tester with the United States Racquet Stringers Association, a contributing editor for Tennis Industry Magazine and an original member of the Wilson Tour Services stringing team. Tim was voted RSI’s stringer of the year in 2007. He currently serves local clientele in his home town of Roanoke and continues with his efforts to promote the annual IART symposium for racquet technicians. You can reach Tim directly via email at tim@gssalliance.com

JOHN GUGEL -Contributing Member

John is one of the true pioneers in the racquet sports industry. John has a diverse background ranging from tour stringing to introducing his own racquet to the market. Among his awards are the “Top Design” from Industrial Design Magazine for innovative racquet design, making the list of the “New Top 100 Products” from Popular Mechanics Magazine for designing a series of six racquets, one of which was named to the top 100 list, to owning and operating his own tennis shop. John is a permanent fixture and contributor as a symposium leader at the annual International Alliance of Racquet Technicians™ Racquet Stringers Symposium. He was named RSI Magazines Stringer of the Year in 2012 and is based in Orlando, Florida. You can reach John directly via email at johngugel@tennisrocks.net