Archives for December 2016

Wilson BAIARDO – U.S Open Stringing Room

Nice video here when the BAIARDO was first introduced. Comments from Wilson stringing team members including IART Executive Director Tim Strawn See video HERE

Business Basics – Part 5 – Data & Statistics

There are a variety of ways to probe your market to get some important information you need when starting a business. Knowing your demographic, what consumers buy and why, economic indicators and income statistics for your area can all help you make the right decisions. Business Data & Statistics Get access to data and statistics [see more]

Business Basics – Part 6 – Licenses & Permits

If you fail to establish yourself and your business within the legal limits of the law in your state and city you’re only asking for trouble. This is not a difficult process and operating legally is just the right thing to do. Business Licenses & Permits  To run your business legally, there are certain federal [see more]

Let’s talk about spin

Having been in this industry for over 25 years I’ve heard a variety of marketing campaigns on just about everything when it comes to tennis, tennis racquets, and strings & stringing. Back when I was just a player and knew very little about anything except just the act of playing the game, I can remember [see more]

Roger Federer Welcomes the End … Of a Layoff, Not His Career

Story credit to Christopher Clarey & New York Times The Federer family has shared many a road trip, but in this unusually settled period, the patriarch and primary breadwinner has been fielding more and more questions. “The kids were asking, ‘When are we leaving again?’” Roger Federer said in an extended interview from Dubai on Friday. “Because [see more]

YTex Strings Added

Thanks, Ivor, for seeing that we have all the YTex string offerings in the String Characteristic Data. I have added six (6) YTex strings including two (2) nylon based offerings. Take a look… String Characteristic Data  

Business Basics – Part 4 – Market Research

If you’re serious about going into business for yourself it’s vitally important that you understand your market. Many first time businesses fail because the owner neglected to do their research and decided they would be just fine to “wing it” on their own. They think this exudes a sense of confidence when in reality, it’s [see more]

The original “Dr J” of tennis

Here’s a great story about a man who influenced some of the greatest black tennis players to ever pick up a racquet, including Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson. He lived and taught in Lynchburg, Virginia, about 50 miles from my hometown of Roanoke. It’s a great read and I hope you enjoy it. Here’s the [see more]

New strings requested for characteristics data base

In an effort to keep our list of tested strings as current as possible I have made several requests to the various manufacturers to send us strings that we currently do not have listed. Some of the companies we are trying to update include: Alpha Babolat (looks like we just need the new RPM Rough) [see more]

Business Basics – Part 3 – 10 Start-up Steps

Now that you’ve learned that you truly are an entrepreneur and you’ve answered the 20 question quiz, it’s time to look at 10 Steps to Starting a Business Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. These 10 easy steps can help you plan, prepare and manage [see more]