Can you spot a counterfeit racquet?

It seems that everything out there today can be copied, including racquets. Here’s a helpful article from the TIA on fake racquets and steps you can take to avoid being the victim. Go HERE to read the article

Dimitrov-Nadal showdown looms

From ESPN Perhaps unthinkable heading into this first major of the season, Nadal joined 30-something peers Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Venus Williams in the final four of the same major for the first time since 2008. Now 30, Nadal is the latest in a festival of thriving veterans to make this year’s final four, which, remarkably, is the first [see more]

Konta in tears but progress evident

From ESPN Johanna Konta broke down in tears after her Australian Open ended with a quarterfinal demolition by Serena Williams. Konta looked set to test the American following her superb run in form, but the British No. 1 was outclassed Wednesday on Rod Laver Arena, as she went down 6-2, 6-3. It is a mark of how [see more]

Wawrinka on level ground with Federer

From ESPN MELBOURNE, Australia — Somewhere along the line — Roger Federer can’t remember when — the dynamic with Stan Wawrinka changed and the phone calls stopped. Growing up in Federer’s shadow, Wawrinka used to ask for advice, from how to beat certain players to how to deal with pressure. “Then the day came where he didn’t call me [see more]

Nadal through to semis at AO

From ESPN MELBOURNE, Australia — Fairy tales, at least across the past calendar year in sports, have come true with an almost numbing regularity. The NBA’s Cavaliers ended Cleveland’s 52-year drought without a champion and the Cubs finally overcame 108 years of World Series futility. In college basketball and football, national champions Villanova and Clemson [see more]

Reject!

Many players simply don’t know what to expect when they pick up their racquet(s), so this is an example of what to reject! This image is poor, but it gives you an idea of the lack of commitment, or understanding, or proficiency of the person that strung the racquet.  If this is what they think [see more]

How Do You Decide?

As a tennis player, you are under siege by advertising for racquets, strings, shoes, bags, apparel, sports drinks and much, much, more! My question, and hopefully discussion, is “How Do You Decide”? Since the IART is dedicated to racquet preparation I will start there. Who, or what, influences your string selection?      Advertising   [see more]

Upstarts wreak havoc for top women in Sydney

From ESPN Russian teen Daria Kasatkina has confirmed she will be one to watch at the Australian Open, tuning up with an impressive straight-sets win over world No.1 Angelique Kerber at the Sydney International. Kasatkina was far too composed in her second meeting with Kerber, who won grand slams in Melbourne and New York last year to [see more]

Being Sir or being #1 Murray seeks his place among elite

From ESPN Off the court, Sir Andy Murray already stands above the other members of the Big Four. However much their respective fanbases may wish it to be so, Federer will never be Sir Roger, Nadal will never be introduced as Sir Rafa and Djokovic will never go by the title of Sir Novak. And now, over [see more]

How’s your return of serve?

When I look at the players today like Murray, Djokovic & Nadal I notice one very important aspect of their game that sets them apart. Their return of serve is stellar compared to the majority of players they face. The 3 aforementioned always send that return back and once the ball is in play, those [see more]