BNP Paribas Open Stringing

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by whosthis808, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. whosthis808

    whosthis808 New User

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    I'm going to my first professional tennis event next week in Indian Wells. I'm excited to see the pros play, but I'm also interested in seeing how stringing is done at a pro event. I'm the head stringer at my university, so I'm interested in seeing how my stringing is compared to a professional. Is there a stringing room/area that the public has access to and can watch the racquets be strung?
     
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  2. kkm

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    The stringing trailer is in a restricted nonpublic area.
     
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  3. coachrick

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    Yep...not sure about IW; but the stringing is usually easily accessed by the players and not many others...picture badge required.

    It's probably too late; but maybe one of the TT members is on the stringing team and will be checking in with updates. You might make a contact that way.

    Edit: There is usually a mad scramble the first few days; but if you find a nice pro shop staff person, you might strike up a conversation about your stringing. Could be the club stringer isn't even involved in the tournament stringing but might have access or information. Can't hurt to ask. ;)
     
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  4. cluckcluck

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    What kind of information are you seeking from the stringing room?
    I just might know of a person who will is going to have a credential for the event.
     
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  5. polytheist

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    I'll be there end of second week. I would love to see how the best stringers tie their knots, start mains/crosses, prestretch gut, etc. Any chance someone could get me a visitor's pass?
     
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  6. kkm

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    You can see the stringers prestretching gut, which they go outside to do. They use the metal poles of the stairs leading up to the trailer for prestretching.
    A trailer like theirs is pretty cramped. It's hard enough for a team of stringers to work with players and their entourages streaming through, and the occasional media request.
     
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    it depends. in my experience its half luck if you run into a nice guy they may let you check it out. just dont expect it. they are under stress. the first day/before 1st day is best because they are still setting up/arriving/etc before they close it off to public
     
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  8. Gamma Tech

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    If you can’t arrange gaining access to the stringing room at a Pro event you may want to consider attending the IART Symposium (formerly called the GSS Symposium). It is held in September at the Saddlebrook Resort. You can learn a lot there and still see first hand how the Pros do it. Plus you can ask anything you want. In the hectic environment of the stringing room of a professional event, although very cool to be in and able to look around, you’ll have to keep your hands in your pockets, keep your mouth shut, and absolutely not be any type of distraction.
     
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