Mission Statement

Our goal is to offer the world's best and most comprehensive training for those in the racquet service side of the racquet sports industry.  To that end, our training is designed to help make every racquet technician the very best he/she can be.


IART was instrumental in the creation of a multi-day training event for racquet technicians and was the very first organization to bring industry professionals, manufacturer representatives and professional racquet technicians together under one roof for a 5 day comprehensive training event. At the time our training symposium was introduced, no other organization in the world was offering such an event. The IART (formerly GSS) symposium was the brainchild of IART Executive Director Tim Strawn and was created in 2006 with the first symposium being held in New Braunfels, Texas in 2007.


We are dedicated to the racquet technician who is on the front lines servicing racquets for players of all ages and levels of play. Our goal is to provide professional training that will enable them to be the very best they can be. Our website provides valuable resources that racquet technicians can use on an everyday basis when servicing racquets for their clients. When you seek out and trust an IART member to service your racquet you know you're working with the very best in the industry!


When it comes to racquet technicians the primary goal is unification with an International focus. The IART is "all inclusive" without confusing geographical borders and thus, the "International" designation. Prior to the IART, all other organizations involved in racquet stringing and racquet customization were (and still are) identified by the term "Association". Some seek to copy the IART by simply attaching the term "International" to their existing name but make no mistake about it, the IART was the first organization to erase confusing geographical boundaries for these types of organizations and we continue our unique approach in the 21st Century.

Our purpose is to continually look for the best possible resources that will enable the technician to refine, update and improve their skills and to present that information in such a way that it has true value and meaning. While our primary focus is tennis, we strive to provide assistance with other racquet sports whenever possible. We encourage feedback and input from our members and invite them to play an active role in the development and implementation of the Alliance web site. At IART we realize that the racquet technician is at the very core of what we're all about and to that end, the organization pledges it’s support and dedication to it’s subscription members.


Community-a word often used to refer to a group that is organized around common goals and values. This is precisely the intent and purpose of the IART. Our focus is on the International tennis community and our goal is to provide an atmosphere within that community whereby the racquet technician are given the priority and attention they deserve. The focus for our community is education as it relates to:

  • Training the racquet technician to be the very best they can be
  • Assisting parents and juniors in navigating the difficult process of racquet selection, string selection and tension to insure maximum performance at any level of play
  • To advise and assist players in an ongoing effort to minimize injury and to insure the players longevity in the game of tennis. Too many injuries are occurring due to misinformation and bad advice for racquets, string & tension and IART believes that by providing education and advice for all involved that this will prevent injury

We seek to build, grow, and nurture a community that shares a common goal of strength through member participation. A global tennis community coming together in a unified effort to share information, network, grow, and learn from one another is at the heart of our very core. Through that effort we can truly seek meaningful change in our sport as it relates to educating our community as it pertains to the racquet service side of the business.

We also seek to engage the adult community of consumers to help them understand one of the most confusing elements of racquet sports--equipment. Our goal is to provide accurate and professional advice in every arena for all who place their trust in the IART!