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USRSA Conference: Expert Advice

The inaugural USRSA World Conference will be held in Orlando in October.

Orlando, Fla., home to the new USTA National Campus, will be the site of the first U.S. Racquet Stringers Association World Conference Oct. 6-9. Racquet technicians from around the world will gather for workshops, seminars and networking.

“This is something that our members have continually asked for,” says USRSA Executive Director Bob Patterson. “For the last 10 years we’ve worked with and supported Tim Strawn and the International Association of Racquet Technicians (IART) at its annual symposium. Tim has done an incredible job of putting together an informative and educational conference.

“But when IART decided not to host a symposium this year, we explored offering a conference by the USRSA. We’ve been working with the USTA and the USPTA on various educational initiatives over the last year, and so with their help, the USRSA World Conference seemed like the perfect addition to our work together.”

The USRSA World Conference will be held immediately prior to the USTA Tennis Development Workshop/USPTA World Conference.

“We tentatively plan to have the welcome reception on Friday evening, and then two full days of seminars and workshops, with certification testing on Monday,” says Patterson. We will have a list of workshops, seminars and presenters within the next few weeks, along with information on lodging, costs and other details.”

The USRSA is planning to provide workshops to benefit all racquet technicians. Topics will include fitting players with the proper frame and string set-up, stringing and servicing for indoor racquet sports, machine and equipment maintenance, basic and advanced racquet customization, and tournament stringing. There also will be plenty of networking opportunities with participants, presenters and industry leaders.

With a massive industry presence in Florida this fall, the USRSA hopes to draw members from around the world.

“Hosting the event at the USTA National Campus and new USPTA headquarters and just prior to the USTA and USPTA conferences might make it easier for both U.S. and international members to make the trip,” Patterson says. “Being in the Orlando area makes it a great draw for families, too.”

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