What to use to help convince my father on the MRT

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  1. iplaybetter

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    He fails to see why i want to spend money to become an MRT, any help guys?
    I cant seem to give him anything tangible enough.
     
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  2. eric892

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    MRT stands for Mass Rapid Transit? You live in Singapore?
     
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    Tell him you'll repay him or do some extra chores.
     
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    this might sound pretty stupid but since where on the acronym topic. what does IMO mean? ive been seeing it around...
     
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  5. YULitle

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    in my opinion
     
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  6. Mansewerz

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    Hmm, it's hard to convince him at this age. Tell him you'll get a summer job out of it.
     
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  7. Zhou

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    I told my dad that it is a cool title to have, just like having the title Ph.D.
    I lucked out because I also told him it was only a 1 day thing that takes 3 hours. He thought it was a few weeks.
     
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  8. Mansewerz

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    How much is it anyways? And are you gonna apply for a job at a club with it?
     
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  9. Zhou

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    It is $109 for the member fee of the USRSA, and $95 for the actual test.
     
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  10. Wondertoy

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    Another bs title that you have pay for.
     
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  11. Zhou

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    Lol. It helps you out but true, it is not necessary.
     
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  12. Mansewerz

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    Yea, I know. It's kind of dumb that you need to pay for the test. The community needs your service. Someone like iplaybetter is most likely doing this to make some cash, but it's not even essential to his survival.

    Either way, you still have the same amount of skill, it just means you could sit in a room for 3 hours and show your skill. pretty dumb.
     
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  13. Zhou

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    It helps land you jobs for stringing at major superstores.
     
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    MRT is a selling point that can help you get some good cash on the side, as well as the experience of stringing racquets allows you to save a ton of money doing your own racquets.
     
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  15. chrisplchs

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    are you old enough yet?

    while its true you don't need it, it helps, especially when trying to get a foot in the door for tournament stringing but that should be after a few thousands racquets
     
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  16. iplaybetter

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    i am 14 and i am hoping that it will help give me credibility
     
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  17. chrisplchs

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    if i remember correct, you have to be at least 18 to get you MRT
     
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  18. iplaybetter

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    no, they said nothing about an age, the youngest is younger i think
     
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  19. downey stringing master

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    your 14, you dont need an mrt is not like your going to be stringing for 1000's of people at superstores and customising everyones rackets, your better of just mentioning you have the equipment to do it.. and they may choose you..
     
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  20. iplaybetter

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    still i think if i am looking to get a contract with a manufacturer a 14 old kid stringing out of his room is different from an MRT who happens to be a 14 year old kid
     
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  21. downey stringing master

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    you have been stringing since november ? might be rushing in a bit :) is the contract really going to be beneficial to you? how many rkts do you do ?
     
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  22. iplaybetter

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    i learned when i was 12 got my machine last summer
    probably around 150-200, but i also spend my free time thinking about stringing and reading things and watching and studying
     
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  23. TennisNewbie85

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    spend more time on the court and become a world class tennis player. i think they make more then a world class stringer...
     
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  24. downey stringing master

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    ok... but dont oy uhave to get usrsa ... certified stringer, club stringer etc ? and stuff before you go to mrt.. ?
     
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  25. downey stringing master

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    iplay is tipped to be world class? :)
     
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  26. YULitle

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    They required that at one point. Now anyone can take the test.
     
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    You can take the MRT test at 14?!
     
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    I would suggest you spend more time thinking about playing tennis and girls...You get print up some business cards cheap to show people you are serious about stringing. MRT is not going to mean anything to the average Joe tennis players. It comes down to price and service. Good Luck...
     
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  29. Stan

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    Totally unnecessary. Your father is right to question the value because in your situation there is none.
     
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  30. nickb

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    Yup...at 14 there are better things to be doing.
     
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  31. nickb

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    LOL....I like your posts stan...you say it as it is...no messing around :)

    Nick
     
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  32. downey stringing master

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    Yeah tennis,GIRLS some pretty hot ones at tournies =] , mates. Thats it!
    I agree , mostly reputation too and your name gets around. Whats MRT to an 75 year old who just broke there string?
     
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  33. chrisplchs

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    rep is everything. title is good if you want to work at a shop/store but if you are on your own, building your rep is priority numero uno. the money saved could be used for other stuff like strings or flyers or business cards
     
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  34. Zhou

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    I am going out for my MRT over the summer as but need to study more and I am 14 also.
     
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  35. Nitro

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    This is truly one of the more preposterous threads I've seen.
     
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  36. ambro

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    Guys, quit worrying about building up your rep as your title and try to build up your rep locally as a reputable stringer. I started three years ago at 15 years old, and started stringing for just 2 or 3 guys locally, as well as myself. Eventually, word got around that I was pretty good and consistent, and this year the local newspaper ran an article on me and my stringing. Now I string at least 6 racquets a week in season, and everyone knows to give it to me when they break a string or just want a fresh stringjob. Build up your rep as far as good stringing, quick turnaround time, and good prices and you won't need to worry about what your official title is.
     
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  37. iplaybetter

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    why do you say that
     
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  38. chrisplchs

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    I agree. 14 year old don't need to get MRTs but need to get digits instead.

    It makes no sense for them to get one. If somebody can show me a good reason then I'm all for it as I have yet to think of one
     
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  39. Zhou

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    Hey, give me one good reason why we shouldn't become MRTs?
     
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    You're 14 years old. But since you aren't going to buy that as a reason, you probably aren't qualified as a stringer to get one. Not saying you won't/can't pass the test, but as a 14 year old, there is no way you have the experience needed to be a true MRT. Just work on your stringing, don't worry about your title. Also, its a waste of time and money. If you tell someone, hey, I'm an MRT! They'll likely have no idea what that is. Just go out and string some racquets, and play some tennis.
     
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  41. iplaybetter

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    well thanks guys you have really helped me a lot, being an MRT will make it almost impossible to get turned down for a stringing job unless they already have all MRT's but i guess thats a pointless benifet
     
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    I doubt it. Even as an MRT, you're still 14 years old. MRT status does not outweigh years of experience, I don't care what you try to tell me. You aren't going to be getting any jobs stringing for an ATP tournament anytime soon, so just quit worrying about getting MRT certified.
     
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  43. dancraig

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    It may be illegal for a fourteen year old to even be legally employed, especially around machinery.
    Anyone doing the hiring would have huge liability issues.
     
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  44. chrisplchs

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    that the 1st reason i can give you, you aren't going to be able to work in a store. country club, maybe but no retail store can hire you i believe.

    i don't know what your goal is with getting your MRT certificate. It took me a few years after getting my MRT to even get a sniff at stringing at tour events and I am extremely lucky it isn't even longer.

    also, if a store has the stringer position filled, then they won't hire you no matter what, especially if the person is doing an already good job.
     
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    That is funny. The local tennis center has a crappy stringer stringing for them and they charge a fortune. I could make a fortune stringing for others... Being certified makes people trust me with their rackets.
     
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    I don't have MRT and I never heard about it until I read this thread. I string for people at the place I play at and kids from my school. People know I string well and I usually get it done quickly, so everyone gives their racquets to me to string. They don't care at all for MRT status. (I'm 14 also)
     
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  47. bobbyjonesrocks

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    I also have a wilson kblade 98. Is there a reason why you chose those strings for it?
     
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  48. chrisplchs

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    hahahaha. wait wait hahaha.

    the MRT designation is something that a lot of other top stringers as well as myself have thought of just not renewing. To us, it really does not give us any inherent benefit, besides RSI magazine and pattern book (even then, we could always use the internet to look it up)

    I don't question your ability to string. It is more like what are you trying to achieve with this designation. I thought it would be a cool thing to achieve but it really doesn't help me attract customers any. I have not had one guy ask me before stringing his racquet whether I am certified or what not. Build up your rep. and then you'll see a lot of racquets
     
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    i will probably wait
     
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