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Deathsticks
02-27-2010, 04:56 PM
Are there players that string their own rackets instead of taking them to special racket customizing services?

okdude1992
02-27-2010, 07:19 PM
davydenko :twisted:. just kidding i have no idea. but i'd be interested to know as well

VGP
02-27-2010, 07:29 PM
Don't know about more recent pros, but I've read that Hingis and Hrbaty used to travel with dropweights and they or someone in their group would string their rackets in their hotel rooms.

Greek Goliath
02-27-2010, 07:30 PM
I remember reading that Dominik Hrbaty and Martina Hingis traveled with dropweight machines and did their own racquets.

Cheers,

Greek Goliath

EDIT: VGP beat me to it :-P

nfor304
02-27-2010, 08:06 PM
Vladimir Voltchkov used to string other peoples rackets for extra cash before he made his wimbledon semi

PBODY99
02-27-2010, 08:42 PM
Don't know about more recent pros, but I've read that Hingis and Hrbaty used to travel with dropweights and they or someone in their group would string their rackets in their hotel rooms.
Thed was a video early in Hingis playing days showing her mother string on an Ektelon. I know of guys on the Futures who do there own as money is tight

ihearit1st
02-28-2010, 07:05 AM
Bobby Reynolds. Nalbandian used to, not sure about currenty

jmverdugo
02-28-2010, 07:39 AM
I think on higher levels you will not find that many players that do it althought most of them sure have an idea of how to do it. However on the lower levels - Challengers and Futures - you will find many that do it, to save and to make some money. I actually know a kid who is like 400 in the world that does it.

andtapes
02-28-2010, 02:50 PM
Martina's mother strung hingis racquets.

Greek Goliath
02-28-2010, 04:22 PM
Martina's mother strung hingis racquets.

Good to know, thanks.

Cheers,

Greek Goliath

OliverSimon
02-28-2010, 04:42 PM
I heard Federer strung his own racquets.

-OS

big bang
02-28-2010, 11:11 PM
I heard Federer strung his own racquets.

-OS
yes and he doesnt use a machine, just pulls the string by hand and uses his teeth as clamp:) it only takes about 2 min!

Nextman916
03-01-2010, 12:42 AM
I heard Donald Young does, since he has so much off-time always losing early matches.

jazar
03-01-2010, 07:28 AM
i think michael russell used to and i know that when brit chris eaton quallified for wimbledon in 2008 he was stringing his own rackets

Cup8489
03-01-2010, 07:35 AM
yes and he doesnt use a machine, just pulls the string by hand and uses his teeth as clamp:) it only takes about 2 min!

no, he tells the racket to string itself, and the racket complies.

decades
03-01-2010, 08:04 AM
nadal strings his racket with a machine that looks very much like a Babolat Star 5 but it's really an Eagnas painted to look like one.

PimpMyGame
03-01-2010, 08:15 AM
A UK player, Chris Eaton had a bit of a run at Wimby a couple of years ago. I remember watching a news item about the guy where he said that he strings his own rackets because he couldn't afford a stringer to go through his rackets before every match.

This is the sharp end of the game, what many young players on this board aspire to. I'm sure Chris Eaton isn't the only struggling pro to do this. Kind of takes the shine off the profession a little doesn't it?

LeeD
03-01-2010, 08:22 AM
What's so wrong about stringing your own rackets? If you aren't in the top 70, you're not covering expenses first class, so you have to string.
And this silly talk about stringers...... some say it's rare a stringer can even serve a tennis ball.
I happen to know plenty of stringers who serve well over 130 mph. It's just that the rest of their game sucks, so they string rackets for money instead of win tourneys.
And even higher level players look for deals on string jobs. Not saying the top 20, but below that, a dollar saved, which can amount to $300 per tourney, does make a bit of difference.

a-naik.1
03-01-2010, 08:38 AM
I know that Philopousis did for a while...I know I totally butcherd his name.

ncwxx717
03-01-2010, 12:06 PM
theres a picture of ryan harrison stringing up one on his facebook

big bang
03-01-2010, 01:23 PM
no, he tells the racket to string itself, and the racket complies.
then it must be a pj of a head intellifibre. man those rackets are smart!!

Miami83095
03-01-2010, 01:40 PM
theres a picture of ryan harrison stringing up one on his facebook

CREEPER...cough cough

ncwxx717
03-01-2010, 06:03 PM
CREEPER...cough cough

not my fault the picture came up on my homepage........

blaby
03-01-2010, 06:33 PM
not my fault the picture came up on my homepage........

epic lolz :)

Murray_Fan
03-02-2010, 09:02 AM
Chris Eaton they said on wimbledon