Written by Tim Strawn

Owner, IART

Stop unwanted calls on your cell phone

While this is not a tennis oriented post I felt that it was worthwhile to alert the IART membership to what I had discovered. When you see something worth passing on then IMHO, you should pass it on. Several months ago I discovered an app that has been so effective at eliminating annoying robo calls [see more]

The Maestro continues to impress

Roger Federer continues to defy the odds with an impressive victory over Grigor Dimitrov in Rotterdam, defeating the Bulgarian 6-2, 6-2 to take the title. You can see the details HERE   After becoming the #1 player in the world and compiling an impressive 97 titles overall, he now stands just 12 away from Jimmy [see more]

A super hybrid

I often get questions from people who’ve read something online about hybrid stringing and for whatever reason, want to give it a try. With so many strings on the market it’s easy to see why there’s a multitude of combinations that you could put together for a hybrid string job but in essence, there’s a [see more]

A quick primer for buying a racquet

Over my many years of being in this business the thing that irritates me the most is to see someone come to me for help just after they’ve bought a new racquet. I have no problem helping them mind you. That’s not the point. The point is often they’ve been sold the wrong racquet and [see more]

Attention Members

Greetings I am in the process of emailing the new IART membership documents each time our members renewals process successfully. Please check your spam and junk mail folders because these emails contain two attachments. Be advised that these are being emailed as renewals are processed beginning on January 1st, 2018 so not everyone will receive [see more]

Can we agree Roger is the GOAT?

Having just taken out Marin Cilic in the final of the 2018 Australian Open, Roger Federer laid claim to his 20th major title. Beginning in 2003 with his first title at Wimbledon, Federer has stood the test of time and defied all the odds at age 36. In 2017 he was 35 when he showed up [see more]

You can improve your download speeds like I did

How many of you test your ISP’s service from time to time? I use Cox with a Netgear AC1900/C6300BD Router/Modem combo and according to my ISP plan, I’m supposed to get 150 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload. Well, I was not getting even half of the download speed so I did some checking and [see more]

String breaks. Do you know the difference?

There are a lot of misconceptions about strings and stringing and that comes primarily from “Internet land”. There’s just a lot of bad information out there and for the most part, the average player who has no real knowledge of string or stringing doesn’t really know how to tell what’s factual and what’s not. In [see more]

New Wilson racquet reviews coming soon

Just a heads up that I’m due to receive several of the newer Wilson frames for review real soon. Apologies from here as I’ve lagged behind in doing racquet reviews and hope to do some catching up this year. As a side note, be aware that it’s not always easy for IART to get a [see more]

Attention players: Try to avoid this

Often times I see racquets coming to me for service that have a very common problem. Looking at the top of the racquet with reference to a clock face, at the 11 & 1 areas and moving in towards the center to almost 12 o’clock straight up the bumper guard is completely worn away and [see more]