French open stringing room

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  1. uk_skippy

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    http://www.youtube.com/user/BABOLATWorld#p/u/1/Op7zdlh98Jg

    This is the first of several videos that'll be posted on YouTube of the stringing room, so keep checking back.

    Please don't ask for player information as current we're too busy to comply with request, dont have good internet access there, and can only access the net at out hotel where we usually return late into the night.

    Regards

    Paul
     
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    Paul, do you by any chance were issued to EPIC neon yellow propulse 3s?
     
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  3. jmverdugo

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    Cool video! thanks for sharing, and yes awesome shoes!
     
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    Great video.
    nice insight into the work involved behind the scenes

    definatly love the shoes also!
     
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  5. uk_skippy

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    Yes, we all were given a pair; and they're made of tennis ball felt

    Regards

    Paul
     
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  6. rovex

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    Paul, where exactly is it? I may pop in if I go. Do you speak French if I may ask? :)
     
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  7. uk_skippy

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    Hi

    as best I can describe, its near court 6, behind the main court in a public area called RG Lab 2050. Its accessible to the public along with some other fan stuff, and its where some of the players sign autographs.

    I'm there until Sunday 29th, and no I don't speak French; although I can order a beer or 2 ;-)

    Regards
     
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  8. jmverdugo

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    ok, now we really need a close up of those!!!
     
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  9. anhuynh16

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    When you have time, could you post pictures of your shoes
     
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  10. MethodTennis

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    those shoes are ill :D
     
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    Paul, always appreciate your inside-info!

    Cheers!

    I kinda like those yellow Propulsion 3's... except for the "Roland Garros" on the toebox... wish they had put them on the heels or something.
     
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    And mostly a lotttt of noise there with loud music etc...
     
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  13. pug

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    Cool! Can't wait to see more. Thanks for doing this.
     
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    This is awesome! Thanks for sharing, Paul...
     
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    Great video. Thanks for posting these links and videos after such a tough work day.
     
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  16. Bhagi Katbamna

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    In the third video, it says that Nadal's is supposed to be strung with RPM blast. Just FYI.
     
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  17. uk_skippy

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    Will do, but probably after I'm back home early next week, although I straight off to another tournament the next day.

    Regards

    Paul
     
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  18. gavna

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    Nike did same last season at the US Open with a 2.3 issued in tennis ball yellow suede. Sold as a single shoe for autographs - my son takes his to every tourny to get signed.
     
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  19. MethodTennis

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    care to tell us exactly how many racket got strung yesteray :p
     
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    lol + 1 on this
     
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  21. Virtua Tennis

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    Wow step 4 logo zone that dude was horrible at stenciling. He got more ink on the racquet then the strings.
     
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    ^^ saw that
    what was the can that the 2nd station was using to clean the rackets?
     
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  23. jazar

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    Was going to find out how many rackets we have done overall, but forgot. You'll just have to be content with learning that I've done 278.
     
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    Having just looked at the video, I think you'll find that the ink on the frame was not put there by the staff member, but either by someone previous or when the player themselves stencil the racquet. This is more common where the racquet is a Babolat and the only marking is the 2 lines. Certainly the staff here (at Roland Garros) do a good job of stencilling all racquets, and 1 main objective of the way the process is set up is to provide an excellent final product for the customer/player.

    Regards

    Paul
     
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  25. Adidas_Anderson

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    Do you collect any specs of the players racket :p...
     
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  26. ihearit1st

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    Paul, could you answer me these 3 questions in terms of methodology:

    1. Why does Babolat string team use bottom-up technique on crosses? This has been discussed at length on the boards, with arguments made for and against this method. I know ****, P1 and Wilson use an ATW pattern. I am not sure of Pacific. Technifibre also used the bottom-up method. So I'm not asking your personal preference, but more of what would Babolat say to a player who wanted to know why you use that method? Someone higher up obviously made the decision to use that method instead of ATW.

    2. On the stenciling video, it shows a closeup of your knots(someones knots) and the crosses were tied off at the 2nd to last cross, even though it was rubbing against a main. I was always taught to use a double-back and tie-off 3rd to last cross in that situation as otherwise the main strings path is bent by the tie-off. Can you explain please?

    3. I see Babolat uses stringers that also work with other stringing companies. How intensive is the training process to do it 'Babolats way?' I've done a training program with a stringing company that was incredibly intensive to assure that each stringer is inhaling and exhaling in unison. I am curious whether the stringers that work with other companies have a preference or try do it all the way Babolat has it laid out and to what extent stringing patterns are laid out.
     
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  27. drakulie

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    Really great stuff UK_skippy!!!

    As always, thanks for sharing!!! 'Hope you're having a great time.

    Cheers!
     
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  28. edogofhe

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    funny videos, learnt alot of stringer.
    And lots strings to choose.
     
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  29. Meaghan

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    Great stuff Paul wish i was there.......great tournament with lots of nerds stuff for us racketaholics!

    I think jazar said he's strung 285 rackets so far. This does include pre tournament practise. I think he's got a day off today to put his fingers in ice :)
     
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    Nice link Paul, many thanks

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    BEAST SHOES!!!!!!
     
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    Without going into too much detail due to you mentioning that this point has been discussed many times over, I will reply as follows -

    While some racquets have been string bottom up, most have been either ATW or hybrid/2-piece. Where the rqt has been strung bottom up chances are that it was due to it being an on-court rqt, or it needed to be done asap. As it is an accepted practice the Wilson & Babolat's can be strung bottom up there is no problem here. Standard practice given to us was to do ATW where approriate, but circumstances may change that to a particular reason.

    The tie-off you refer to is the correct position for this rqt. Personally on this type of rqt I would trim the grommet so that there's less chance of the knot touching the main, and I feel would be a better alternative to the double back method. The knot you refer to seems ok, but possibily a little close. I can't comment on the why it was finished as it was.

    In my experience when working with different stringing teams is that you follow what is directed by them, or the head/lead stringer. At this level all stringers should be experienced to be able to do different stringing methods, and apply those as required by each team.

    regards

    Paul
     
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  34. mikeler

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    Paul,

    I'm really digging this thread. Thanks so much for posting during these long days of stringing.
     
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    I hit 300 today. Done 13 days. Started 2 days before qualifying.
     
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  36. G&G

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    uk skippy;

    Did you string the racquets of Cuevas at RG?
     
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    Really like this thread and the info that is posted. Keep up the good work (both at RG and in this thread :)).
     
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  38. uk_skippy

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    No, but Jazar did. I'm sure he'll post the info here soon

    Regards

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  39. TennezSport

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    Thanks..........

    Thanks for sharing Paul, nice to see a well oiled machine running well. Please let us know what the final racquet count was after the tournys done. Thanks again.

    Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
     
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  40. jazar

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    I was stringing for Cuevas (or cheesy, as we nicknamed him). Prestige MP (can't remember any TGK or whatever markings in the throat). Big Banger Original. Two piece. 23kg.
     
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  41. tennisguy7482

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    the pattern was changed when the racquet needed to be done quickly? wouldn't this then be different from all other racquets previously done for the player?

    anyhow, thanks for the great thread, uk_skippy! nice to see for sure!
     
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    hi thx for the info

    just wanted to ask if u could do a thread after fo or wimbledon with the updated string infos of the players u strung for

    would be very nice :)
     
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    Dustin Brown's specs

    I noticed on the you tube video part 3 that Dustin Brown's racquet was being strung at 32 kg mains and crosses, that is 71 lbs. Is that pretty common to string with that much tension? Seems like that would be like playing with a 2x4.
     
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  44. LeeD

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    Wow, cool stuff...
    When I was stringing for the TransAmerica in SanFrancisco, I thought we overdid it with FIVE stringing machines for two stringers. Little did I know it would triple in just a few decades. And having the secretary do the paperwork would sure allow us time to concentrate on just stringing the rackets.
     
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  45. roundiesee

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    Thanks posting this Paul! :)
    Would you have any info re Novak's strings? I hear he is using Alu mains and Gut crosses.
     
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    Isn't it natural gut in the mains and ALU Power Rough in the crosses?
    The only thing is, what natural gut and what tension.
     
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  47. uk_skippy

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    Hi, while I understand what you are saying, when the racquet is oncourt we need to get back as soon as possible, but appreciate sometimes it may not be exactly the same. Also, there maybe times when a player requests a specific pattern which may include bottom-up.

    Yes, it is high and feels like a board, but there aren't too many players that high. We did do some for at player @ 36kg with TF blackcode 1.25! I've done a few players at 30kgs

    Sorry, we do not string for Novak. He uses P1 services

    Regards

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    Hi jazar,

    I am not sure whether it was you, but last monday i was in the stringing room and asked the stringer about cuevas racquet. just wanted to say that it was cool to watch you guys doing a good job.:)
     
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    I can't be sure whether it was me or not; so many people ask me questions, I barely pay any attention to what they are asking.
     
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    Not anything new but for what its worth....

    Nadal
    RPM Blast 1.35mm
    25.5kg / 56.2lbs

    Nishikori
    Lux Alu Power 1.24mm
    Lux (K)Gut 1.30mm
    46/48lbs
     
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