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SteveI
01-13-2007, 01:26 AM
Hi,

Not sure I had ever seen this before.. but I thought it was a cool stat.

"Stringers strung more than 2,920 racquets during Australian Open 2006 using 35km of string."

BTW... how many miles is 35 km? (21.747948232325) is that right??

And..@ $25.00 a frame that is $73,000.00. Wonder if that includes the qualifiers.. :-)???

If you figure 14 days of the event (appox) and 16 waking hours a day = 224

2920/224 = 13 rackets/hour. BTW.. I was just making some estimates for fun.. any other insights would be welcome.

Anyone know how big the stringing room(s) is at the AO (or any other GS for that matter).. how many machines? How many hours is it open?

Any insights (Funny Stories...Players/coaches gone wild?) from stringers at Grand Slams or any other major events (Pac Open/Nasdaq)?

Regards,
Steve

jonolau
01-13-2007, 04:56 AM
Nice, thanks for sharing the stats. :)

OrangeOne
01-13-2007, 05:04 AM
Anyone know how big the stringing room(s) is at the AO (or any other GS for that matter).. how many machines? How many hours is it open?

Any insights (Funny Stories...Players/coaches gone wild?) from stringers at Grand Slams or any other major events (Pac Open/Nasdaq)?

I think this link will answer a few of your questions...

http://www.********tennis.com/catalogue/c109

As for stories, I'll ask my stringer when he returns from melbourne - he's down there as one of the stringing team for this year's AO.

Edit: Ahhh, that's a shame, TW don't want me putting that link there. If you google "australian open stringing hut", you'll find it pretty easily. I hope I'm not breaking a rule by saying that....

SteveI
01-13-2007, 12:18 PM
I think this link will answer a few of your questions...

http://www.********tennis.com/catalogue/c109

As for stories, I'll ask my stringer when he returns from melbourne - he's down there as one of the stringing team for this year's AO.

Edit: Ahhh, that's a shame, TW don't want me putting that link there. If you google "australian open stringing hut", you'll find it pretty easily. I hope I'm not breaking a rule by saying that....

Thanks... I love the stories.. :-)

Steve

Redflea
01-13-2007, 12:38 PM
I can NOT understand why the Tennis Channel doesn't "mine" stuff like this for their programming...there are a lot of really interesting side stories related to pro tennis that they don't cover very well at all.

As Hewitt would say "Come On!!"

End rant...thanks for the post.

Dunlopkid
01-13-2007, 01:47 PM
Talk about some sore fingers on the stringers.

pNoyr3D
01-13-2007, 01:56 PM
Wow!! That is a great stat you pulled up there, thanks for sharing man!! $73,000 dang, that's a lot of money, lol.. 13 racquets an hour is crazy, I wonder how long it takes them to string a racquet, well I divided 60 by 13 and I came up with around 4 minutes per racquet.. Crazy.

OrangeOne
01-13-2007, 02:10 PM
Wow!! That is a great stat you pulled up there, thanks for sharing man!! $73,000 dang, that's a lot of money, lol.. 13 racquets an hour is crazy, I wonder how long it takes them to string a racquet, well I divided 60 by 13 and I came up with around 4 minutes per racquet.. Crazy.

You're forgetting it's a team of about 10 (maybe 12) stringers at the peak, which gets us back to a regular 30ish minutes a racquet, maybe a little more. Remember too that each frame needs full service - labelling, wrapping, recording in a database of some kind, etc etc.

I'd bet many of the guys there - stringing on good machines - could and would do your or my racquet in sub-20 minutes if we asked. But stringing for the pros in such an environment, well it'd surely be as much (or more) about quality and precision than simply speed, in my humble opinion. I'll ask my mate this one too.

I think the most amazing stat is the guy who broke the 'record', stringing 501 frames for the tournament. Even if that is indeed over the three weeks (including practice & quallies), it still seems mammoth!

Fishbulb
01-14-2007, 01:06 AM
Here are some pics of the Australian Open Stringing Room.
http://www.********tennis.com/catalogue/c109

******** (http://www.********tennis.com/catalogue/c109) = top serve (without spaces)

OrangeOne
01-14-2007, 03:50 AM
Here are some pics of the Australian Open Stringing Room.
http://www.********tennis.com/catalogue/c109

******** (http://www.********tennis.com/catalogue/c109) = top serve (without spaces)

I, umm, already posted this just 6 posts up?? Anyways....