USRSA Certification Program
About our certified technicians
If you’re looking for the best racquet and stringing advice for your game, USRSA members can help. They’re educated, informed and up to date on the latest racquets, strings, grips, accessories and stringing techniques.
Master Racquet Technicians
Several hundred of our racquet technicians are the cream of the crop in tennis retailing — they’re USRSA Master Racquet Technicians, or MRTs. They work to fit you with the racquet, string, and tension that are right for your game. They’ve passed a comprehensive test to prove they know their stuff — whether it’s racquet customization (changing the weight and balance of your frame with strategically applied lead tape), handle build-ups, advice on racquet technology, or the perfect fit for you, your racquet, and your string tension, MRTs have proven their expertise. And they’ve maintained their MRT status by keeping their USRSA membership up to date and by passing an annual test on manufacturers’ technologies.
MRTs can add Specialization Certifications by passing additional testing for the following specializations:
- MRT — Tournament Stringer Specialist
- MRT — Racquet Customization Specialist
There is another group of USRSA members who've also been rigorously tested in racquet service techniques. These are stringers who are eminently qualified to string and service your racquet and answer your technical questions. They continue their education by keeping their USRSA membership current. They’re USRSA Certified Stringers.
Professional Racquet Advisor
There are those who are in position to provide their knowledge of racquet and strings, but may not actually service the racquets. Coaches, Teaching Professionals, and shop personnel are just some of those who are certified as Professional Racquet Advisors (PRA). They work to fit you with the racquet, string, and tension that are right for your game. They’ve passed a comprehensive test to prove they know their stuff and can provide advice on racquet and string technology to ensure the perfect fit for you. They will make sure your racquet, and your string set-up (tension and string type) will help you get optimum performance for your game. PRA’s have proven their expertise and they’ve maintained their PRA status by keeping their USRSA membership up to date and by passing an annual test on current manufacturers’ technologies.
If you’re not ready to contact one of our stringing experts, check out our basic information on racquets, strings, and stringing for players and stringers, and our advice on what to look for in a stringer and in a string job.