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Tennis Management Students Stringers at Fed Cup Match
February 14, 2014
Alex Meyers and Erik Seifert, students in the Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program, served as official stringers for the Italian team for the Fed Cup match with the U.S.
Fed Cup is the oldest annual international women’s competition, with 97 countries participating. The Fed Cup match took place in Cleveland, Ohio at the Public Auditorium on February 8-9, 2014; Meyers and Seifert were on hand the week before as both teams prepared for the competition.
Meyers and Seifert are both master racquet technicians, certified through the United States Racquet Stringers Association; they are the only two program students currently holding this distinction. The PTM program was contacted by industry veteran Greg Aten, managing director of the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club, who was affiliated with the event and instrumental in organizing the logistics of both students’ week-long stay.
Meyers and Seifert were thankful for the opportunity and gained some valuable insight into stringing for some of the best players in the world. Both commented on the relaxed attitude of the Italian team about getting racquets re-strung and returned. On average, string jobs were returned to players within a half hour, far exceeding the Italian team’s expectations.
Both students also learned how certified stringers secure opportunities at professional-level events like the Fed Cup. Both Meyers and Seifert look forward to future opportunities to participate in this type of event.
Outside of their stringing responsibilities, Meyers and Seifert had plenty of opportunity to watch both teams practice and compete prior to the event. Since both will be certified teaching professionals on graduation, observing the training and practice routines for both teams in preparation for the match provided insights to apply in their future careers.
Italy, which has won the Fed Cup title three times since 2009, came away with a 3-1 victory over the U.S. over the course of the weekend.