Written by Tim Strawn

Executive Director, IART

String Weavers – Yes or No

When it comes to tools for stringing, we’re all familiar with the basics. But there are very few additional tools on the market beyond the familiar; enter the string weaver tool. This tool is used when installing the cross strings and what it does is create a path with less friction to give the string [see more]


1987 Prestige Pro: 1987 the very first Prestige entered the tennis market. Claiming perfection of tennis technology, especially international tour players got interested in this racquet. Due to high tech materials such as TWARON and the HEAD C.A.P. system, it was possible to develop a very thin frame, which resulted in outstanding aerodynamics. The C.A.P. [see more]

Leander Paes to retire in 2020

Leander Paes to retire

Racquet Selection: The Interview Part 1

Let’s talk about the process of taking a client from an older “favorite” frame to a new frame. If you sell or make recommendations for racquets then you’re the professional. Therefore, this is a process that all of us need to be familiar with in order to get from point A to point Z and [see more]

Wilson’s Michael Dowse to Take Over as USTA CEO in 2020

Michael Dowse, president of Wilson Sporting Goods Co., has been named CEO and executive director of the USTA, replacing longtime CEO Gordon Smith, who announced that he would retire at the end of 2019. Dowse will be charged with leading the USTA’s overall vision and strategy for the growth of tennis participation, while also ensuring [see more]

Tennis ushers in new year with new ATP Cup event — and plenty of questions

Jan 2, 2020 The year in men’s tennis launches in a radically different way in 2020, with a disruptive new mega-event — the ATP Cup — replacing all but two men’s tournaments as sanctioned preludes to the Australian Open. The ATP Cup, a partnership between the ATP and the hard-charging leadership of Tennis Australia, features [see more]

Recently retired Marcos Baghdatis to coach Elina Svitolina

Marcos Baghdatis, the 2006 Australian Open runner-up, is going to start helping coach top-10 player Elina Svitolina. Baghdatis wrote Wednesday on Twitter that he was “glad to announce the next chapter of my life.” I am so glad to announce the next chapter of my life and look forward to Coaching a great athlete and super [see more]

Kim Clijsters targets March return 7 years after retiring

BRUSSELS — Kim Clijsters plans to make her delayed comeback to tennis at the Monterrey Open in March, more than seven years after her second retirement. Clijsters said on Monday she accepted wild cards into the Mexican hard-court event which begins on March 2, followed by Indian Wells from March 11, then the Charleston clay tournament from [see more]

Best wishes for everyone in 2020!!!

Margaret Court doubles down on controversial views

Margaret Court has doubled down on her controversial views in a fiery sermon at her Perth church, condemning trans athletes in the wake of her hard-fought battle to be celebrated by Tennis Australia for the 50th anniversary of her grand slam year next month. In November, Court demanded to be formally welcomed to Melbourne Park [see more]