View Full Version : How is it that pros' grips doesn't get dirty?

06-01-2009, 07:22 AM
Sorry guys if i'm posting this on a wrong section,but i noticed that most of pro players,at least those who use a white grip! their grips remain white even if they play for 2-3 hours!!

I know that most of pro players change grip every day or so but how come their old grip is still white after 2 hours of play??

I myself have tested several white grips from babolat and wilson and they get dirty right after 1.5 hrs of practice!!

Any idea on this?

P.s.and i'm sorry for my bad english i didn't know how to explain my question actually!!

thanks in advance...

nadal for number1
06-01-2009, 07:35 AM
they have 8-12 rackets and ome guys change every ball change..
they are always changing rackets and sometimes theyll actually change the grips

06-01-2009, 07:35 AM
I use the white overgrip and change it each time I re-string my racquet (I break strings often, so ...). Aside from being a bit worn, sometimes the grip is a bit dirty as well, but not filthy.

Having said that, most (?) pro players will swap out their racquets during a match, hence the nice, new, clean grip that comes along with it.

Even if a player were to play an entire match with the same racquet, I really don't think one would be able to discern any wear or dirtiness from watching television. Even with ultra-hi-def, I just don't think it would show up.

I can understand your question though, especially as it pertains to the French Open or any other clay court tourney/match. Seems like the grip would get dirtier playing on clay.

06-01-2009, 08:23 AM
They switch racquets every 9 games (approximately)

06-16-2009, 05:50 AM
They have the ball boys wash it every changeover with a special solution only available to ATP players.

get it in
06-16-2009, 10:00 AM
Of course pros change racquets every 7 games or so, but many of us play on public courts that are not likely to get pressure washed every morning like the pro tournament courts. Every time you pick up a dirty ball, the dirt ends up on your grip. My grips show dirt pretty quickly because of the dirty courts. I'm not sure how it works with pros on clay. You would think their grips would get dirty too so I guess it must be that special solution only available to pro players!

06-16-2009, 10:09 AM
They change rackets constantly, Federer will replace a racket as often as every 3 games, watched him do it at US Open. Some pros send a few of their sticks back for restringing during the match. Not exactly "green"...

Drop Shot 11
06-16-2009, 10:14 AM
They use white out every changeover.

Grover Sparkman
06-16-2009, 10:16 AM
I think white grips look better when they're new, but I hate how they look awful after two sets.

Wild Ace
06-18-2009, 08:59 AM
They also have towels to wipe off dirt n grime....

06-18-2009, 09:05 AM
Its magic air called "pro-league mystique" that whitens their grips like brand new!

06-21-2009, 09:47 PM
Because they change them everytime before they play. Isn't that obvious? If they change their strings before every match, why not do the same with the grip? Seems obvious if you ask me.

06-22-2009, 01:09 AM
jankovic had grip problems remember FO 2008

06-22-2009, 02:23 AM
they wash their hands?

06-23-2009, 08:33 PM
White is the new black :), in 2009 the color is white. I don't know in other, in my contry the trend color is white, there're so many white car i saw lately :).
Djokovic n sharapova racquets are white too right?

I think people miss white black tv in lcd era today lol :D

06-23-2009, 08:44 PM
haha, yeah. Jankovic 2008 french open had the dirtiest grip i have ever seen in the pros. Search it, and I am sure you can find it.

06-23-2009, 08:46 PM
check that grip out.


06-23-2009, 08:51 PM
^^^^ iiiirc

06-25-2009, 07:11 PM
I remember seeing pictures of Sampras changing his tourna grip on change overs. He had the big ol' reel of tournagrip in his bag. Not sure how often he did this, don't know why he wouldn't just grap a fresh stick. I only saw this in photos so it could have been practice, but i remember it looking like a match.

06-26-2009, 03:43 AM
They have the ball boys wash it every changeover with a special solution only available to ATP players.

NICE....need to get me some of that stuff!!!! LOL

stanfordtennis alum
06-26-2009, 02:46 PM
they change it often and have multiple racquets in their bags