French open stringing room

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  1. uk_skippy

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    Not sure where you got that exact info from, but the stringing room system did not have Wilson natural gut on it, so (K) Gut was entered instead on the stringing instructions.

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    Paul do you know Fognini's setup?

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    ^^^No, but maybe Jazar can let you know, or find out. He'll be there until the end, while I've finished.

    Off home tomorrow, and the start my next tournament on Tuesday

    Regards

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    Alright thanks Paul, i didn't manage to go RG this year but perhaps i can make it to Queens. :)


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    ^^^I'm not at Queens, but hope you go to enjoy some tennis. I'm off to Nottingham for a week, then Eastbourne before finally ending up at Wimbledon for the 2 weeks

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    Hi Paul and Jamie,

    Morning gents. Just wondering have you done any Bab Pure Controls (or Pure Storm Tours)? If so, whose was it and what were their specifications?

    Hope you're managing to get in a little r&r among the 1000s of frames.:)

    Cheers,

    R
     
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    haha, those are fantastic.
     
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    Paul mentioned in a 2007 thread that Chela was using a PC strung with lux alu @ 62/60lbs at Wimbledon.

    I wonder if that has changed much here at RG, he's having a great run....??
     
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    Also can he check if the cortex is just painted on? I believe it is for Fognini's racquet and that he is using a pure drive team or something.
     
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    Bag Balm & Ibuprofen!

    Big count! I go solo at a Futures in FL and max @ 150 (all but 20 or so in first week). For my finger weariness, I have found this great stuff used to ease sore cow udders called Bag Balm (available at WalMart in a old-school tin can). Because of the grease factor, you can only use it after-shift but it takes the "tingles" and swelling down overnight. That plus the ibu habit have saved me after several 30-hour straight sessions during 128-qualies. Good luck at Wimby!

    BTW, the ATW pattern mentioned...do you guys use Liam Nolan's adaptation...I switched to that 5 years ago and have never done a ATW or bottom-up since. It's fast & foolproof. It would have to be to save this slow, stupid turtle's butt!
     
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    Hi R,

    sorry, we didnt take any frame specs, although we may have some string specs.

    He's using Alu Power @ 60/58lbs

    No, I don't use this pattern due to its failings, not that other ATW aren't flawed either. I just don't like weaving & tensioning mains thru crosses as those outer mains won't be the same tension as the other mains.

    I prefer to use a variation on the universal ATW. I use it so much that I don't make mistakes, plus for me it has built in checks to make sure its the right weave. But you do get hard weaves.

    No ATW pattern is perfect. What you gain in one area, you lose in another.

    Regards

    Paul
     
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    All I know is that it's RPM Blast. Don't know the tension, but will try to find out.

    Did some Storm Tour +'s for Giraldo. As Paul has already said though, we don't take specs.

    I've been doing Chela's rackets. As Paul has already mentioned, ALU Power at 60/58. Pure Storm + with a nice leather grip.

    Haven't strung for Fognini this tournament, but the last time I saw his racket it had neither cortex nor woofer.

    As Paul has mentioned, no we don't use that particular pattern (also, it isn't Liam's pattern).
     
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  13. ben123

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    are u sure it was a pure storm n not a pj above a pure control?

    although if it was pure storm was it gt or not?

    thx for the info :)
     
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    Pretty sure Fognini is using 2nd gen Pure Drive non cortex [​IMG]

    He uses non woofer (old gen pd grommets)
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    Thanks again Paul, Jamie and co for the info!

    Paul, good to know that you're doing Eastbourne. Would love to know Ana's setup for the grass!
     
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    You can't really tell what's actually underneath the paint on Babolat frames, so I tend to go with what's actually marked on their.

    I assume you are referring to Miss Ivanovic. Her setup at RG was Wilson gut mains and ALU Power crosses at 25/24. I doubt she will deviate far (if at all) from that for grass.
     
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    Yes sir, Jamie... cheers!

    On a sidenote I was at a sports store today (wouldn't go as far as calling it a "tennis pro shop") and saw this lady tension 2 mains at the same time, probably out of pure laziness. How bad is that (if at all) on the frame or the actual tension of the stringjob?
     
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    Do you want some more ...?

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    I was at the French Open on Monday, and I went to the Babolab to have a look at those absolutely great shoes... and also to take some pictures !!

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    They should really consider sell them for a larger audience...
     
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    first of all: very interesting informations, thanks a lot guys! :)

    though she lost today i would be very happy if one of you could share any information about the setup (strings and tension) of andrea petkovic.
     
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    i think nat gut mains bb alu crosses :p
     
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    Hope you're still monitoring this thread

    Paul & Jamie,

    Thanks for all the good info and best wishes @ your next gigs. If I'm a bit tardy in asking these questions, I humbly apologize.
    1. What if any %ages of the tour have moved to the newer "boutique" string labels (Signum Pro, Weiss Cannon, MSV, Genesis etc.)?
    2. Guesstimate the men's vs. the women's usage of poly/metallic beds, both full-bed and gut hybrids.
     
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    hi paul,

    i was just wondering do they maintain the same number of stringers working throughout the tournament or does the schedule lighten up at all for the second week (after most of the draw's been sent home)? thanks!
     
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    if they were a GR then the shoe would last like a day..... the fuzz would come off immediately.... although a GREAT collectors item
     
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    Hi

    Very little 'boutique' strings are being use. Poss Signum had the most, not much else.

    There's poss an equal split between men & women with their use of full poly vs gut hybrid. &ages, I'm guess would be around 80% full poly

    No, as the no of rqts decline the no of stringers also decline until there's only 4 left for the last few days. We started with 11 at beginning of qualies, upto 16 for start of main draw, and then major decline at end of sunday of 1st week.

    Offers??
     
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  27. Up&comer

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    What size are they?
     
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    I would never do that, and neither would any half-decent stringer.

    As someone already posted, it's gut and ALU Power. No idea about tension as I wasn't stringing for her.

    As Paul has already said, not many players using strings from some of these smaller companies. When the tournament is over and I have more time I will do some stats on the rackets I strung regarding full poly/hybrids/full gut/etc. (I've done over 10% of the total rackets, so it should be representative of the whole).

    There are 6 of us remaining, which will drop down to 4 after tomorrow.
     
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    UK 9 (US10) I think. They were too big for me
     
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    Did anyone that you strung for use full multi or a multi-hybrid? Thanks in advance...
     
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    jazar any chance u ll do a thread with all the pro stringing infos u got?
     
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    Dang it. They would be like ski boots on me. Unless of course you want to sell them for like 50 bucks. Then I'd think about it.
     
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    Oooo... size 10US you say!? :shock: :twisted:

    Yeah Jamie, I've strung 1 racquet in my life (which was prob 15 years ago) and sorta knew back then that it wasn't 'proper'. I was a bit shocked when I saw her do it and wanted to give her a 'friendly reminder' to not do that, but at the same time, it wasn't my place to speak up. Just glad I don't get my sticks strung there.
     
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  34. jazar

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    Sorry, but no.

    Xavier Malisse uses full Babolat Fibertour. Ekaterina Makarova uses full Wilson Sensation (can't remember if it's 15L or 16L), as goes Evgeniya (?) Rodina.

    Li Na uses Pro Hurricane and Xcel.

    May be others, but I either didn't string for them or can't remember off-hand.
     
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    anyone has infos about stakhovskys string setup?
    thx
     
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    You know does not surprise me since fibertour felt more like poly to me than multi
     
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    What does Li na use ?? i must change my string immediately
     
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    lol learn to read xD
     
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    I guess they don't learn something as complicated as reading at Stanford...:roll:
     
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    That makes sense, as women hit a flatter ball and have less use for Poly. I haven't watched Malisse enough to see how much spin he hits with, but I've never heard of Fibertour. Is it an older string? Thanks in advance...
     
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    yes its older babolat discontinued string at least here in us
     
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    Scott Lipsky Set-Up

    In '05 the mixed dubs FO champ, Scott Lipsky, was using BB hybrided with NXT. I was curious what he played with at RG.
     
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    Great thread, thanks to those who gave us the bird's eye view from the trenches!
     
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    Do any pros ask for variations on the cross tensions, other than dropping or raising a few lbs?, such as, first three down lower, and last three higher?
     
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    As someone already said, it's an old, discontinued string. They probably just make it for him now.

    Didn't string for him, but I'm pretty sure it was the same.

    Can't remember if Davydenko did or not. One junior girl asked for 49 on the mains and then 52 on the crosses, except for the last 6 crosses, which she wanted back at 49.
     
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    That doesnt count for Europe, it is still available here (even in the new package)
    Malisse plays that string for a long time, formerly known as Fiber Ace (VS Fibergut).
    The string is a very good multi (fiber) with a softer polymer outlayer, once that is gone the string is not that durable anymore...

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    I was watching the series of videos about the "Babolab" and I froze it during one video to see an order sheet. It said it was 50 Euros, but it looked like this player was dropping off two rackets, I just wondered how much the charge is per racket, or does it depend on certain things, like the type of string?

    Edit - Just saw that cost is 25 Euros for main draw participants. Did you guys do other things like gripping or anything like that?
     
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    bump :)
     
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    Don't think he was using the official stringing service.
     
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    Hello uk_skippy and jazar. Many thanks for your precious contributions to these forums, it's very nice of you to spend some of your time helping tennis fanatics satisfy their curiosity with factual information as opposed to speculation.

    My question is about Solinco; it's obvious that their string are gaining popularity, thanks to their quality, but have you guys encountered any Solinco racquets at the tournament? (i guess juniors are most likely to sport those...?)
     

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