The International Alliance of Racquet Technicians™ is an independent organization that seeks to support those with an interest and passion in the art of 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 a new name, the International Alliance of Racquet Technicians™.  The IART was the first organization to offer the industry a complete and comprehensive training “symposium” for racquet technicians. We introduced a new and unique format for training with the goal of transforming racquet stringers into bona fide racquet technicians. The new training event began in April of 2007 in New Braunfels, Texas and with each consecutive year, it was refined and improved to be the very best in the industry. Successfully presented for 10 consecutive years, the IART symposium earned industry-wide respect and recognition for its impeccable presentation and organization. The GSS symposium, as it was originally called back then, combined the elements of classroom seminars and comprehensive hands-on training on stringing and racquet customization, all led by professional racquet technicians and industry professionals.

The IART is dedicated to its members and so we ask the question; How can we help? That’s not just a slogan. It’s the core value of what the organization represents. It’s why the group exists and to that end, the IART strives to support and lift up its members in their endeavor to be the very best they can be. Email us, ask questions, respond to posts and place your own posts on the site and share them with the group. Community involvement is key and we encourage all members to get involved.

The methods we endorse are tried and tested over a long period of time by some of the most experienced professionals in the industry and they’re easy to learn and apply. Our website is beautifully designed in such a way to encourage our members to interact with one another as a cohesive community of like-minded individuals. We also happen to have some of the most knowledgeable people within the racquet sports industry in our corner and that’s a huge benefit to our members. If you’re looking for a community of racquet technicians to learn from and share ideas this is the place for you so why not give us a try? You can join HERE 

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Tim Strawn

Owner & Executive Director, IART …
Tim is a professional racquet technician who has been in the racquet sports industry for over 30 years. He has served as both a USPTA & PTR teaching professional which eventually led to the the craft of racquet stringing. From 2000 to 2008 he worked as a professional racquet technician on the official stringing teams at various ATP/WTA events including Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. 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 creator and owner of the IART Racquet Stringers Symposium, a professional training event for racquet technicians of all levels that was successfully held from 2007-2016. He was an original member of the Wilson Tour Services stringing team, the official stringing team of the U.S. Open and he currently serves local clientele in his home town. These days he continues with his efforts to provide relevant and accurate content for the members of the IART. You can reach Tim HERE