View Full Version : string tensions

03-01-2004, 06:37 PM
do you know what the highest string tension played by the pros is? what about the lowest?

Michael Ludwig
03-01-2004, 07:17 PM
Highest I know of is Thomas Muster at the Australian Open a few years back with a shocking 44/43kg with IsoSpeed Pro 1.25mm. Lowest?......few clay court guys on tour currently in 18kg range with polys. Pretty sure Chang did some pretty low tensions at Wimbledon a few years back too.

03-01-2004, 09:19 PM
Can you translate that to pounds for me?

Takumi Fujiwara
03-02-2004, 03:38 AM
Just times it by 2.2 PCMD..

I know James Blake was up at 68lbs in Sydney.. Mark P. Strings up around the 33.5kg (around 73lbs) mark. Lisa Raymond was stringing at 69lbs too.

as for LOW, i can remember doing Galo Blanco at like LOW 20's, cant remember exactly what it was.. it was with 1.38 BB original too.. nasty stuff

03-02-2004, 05:12 PM
20 pounds? WOW, amazing. Sampras was like 72 lbs right? Isn't Haas way up there too?

03-02-2004, 06:20 PM
20, geez, how do the strings even stay together?

Michael Ludwig
03-02-2004, 07:27 PM
Pete would always change tensions and gauges depending on weather, court speed, surface, etc......but would usually be above 31kg (other than at Wimbledon). Haas also likes a tight frame, from the low to mid/high 30kg mark. Another one is Seles, who likes her strings first prestretched, then each double pulled near 38kg.

Takumi Fujiwara
03-02-2004, 09:42 PM
no no no, sorry fellas, I meant 20KG for Blanco.. not lbs

03-03-2004, 08:40 PM
38 kg? THATS HGUE!!!

Michael Ludwig
03-04-2004, 03:48 AM
You also must consider the stiffness of the string and head size of her racquet....

03-04-2004, 07:37 PM
Does she have an oversize with natural gut or something?

Michael Ludwig
03-05-2004, 03:33 AM
It's a pretty huge racquet strung with 515.

Peter Samprer
03-05-2004, 02:56 PM
sampras: 75 lbs.

03-05-2004, 03:29 PM
My arm hurts just thinking about hitting a ball with a racquet strung at 75!

03-08-2004, 10:42 AM
Sampras and Muster's frames are crazy.

Has anyone ever tried to copy their balances and tensions for fun?

03-08-2004, 04:12 PM
I tried 68lbs 16g NRG in a 95 si. frame once and knew it was too high after hitting the very first ball. It was the first and last time I was ever fearful about My health on a tennis court.