Open Tournament Players-- How many of your main racquet do you have?

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  1. kingcheetah

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    I'm going to play some open events this summer, and I'm wondering how many racquets people have with them... I'm used to having 3, but one of my college teammates strings so I can get racquets back in a day if needed... is this about right for opens or do people usually have a couple more?
     
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  2. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    I take three. Seldom break strings any more but I rotate between them for a fresh grip as much as anything
     
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  3. Fuji

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    All my open buds take 3-4, at most 5. 3 is generally the standard, unless you use a closed pattern, in which case a couple guys only take 2.

    -Fuji
     
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  4. kingcheetah

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    Sounds like I should be in a good situation... if after a couple of events I find I get into racquet pinches I'll maybe invest in one more to be safe.
     
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  5. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    TT Worthiness Theorem:

    Worthiness of a player = (amount of crap in one's bag)^# of racquets
     
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  6. kingcheetah

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    Multiplied by (Mental NTRP Rating / Real NTRP Rating)
     
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  7. McLovin

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    All kidding aside, when I go into a tournament, I have 3 freshly strung frames. I play w/ frame 1 in the 1st match, frame 2 the 2nd match, and frame 3 the 3rd match, assuming I get that far.

    If I get to a 4th match, it will really depend on the surface what I do next. In the case of clay, I will likely restring frame 1 (I use gut mains, and clay will eat them up), but for hard/indoor/grass, I'll just go back to frame #1 as is.
     
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  8. Doubles

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    I've seen some guys show up with six and others only 2. It really depends on the string pattern, honestly. The most I've taken is 3. I figure for a tournament, I'll never need all 5 racquets.
     
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  9. anubis

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    I usually play ten tournaments a year, never needed more than two of my primary frames in my bag at any given time. I have backups that are other makes/models, but I really only need two.

    But then again I'm not a string breaker.
     
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  10. Tennis_tennis

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    I play ten plus tournaments last year.. have 4 rackets ( primary) two blx pro staff 90. which is my primary . 2 wilson blx 90,s ( back up..) plus i have 2 old rackets as a last resort ( one babalot purestorm tour and one prince triple threat>
    But i would recommend max 4 will be fine
     
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  11. tennis tom

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    Three POG's, 2 with gut, 1 with nylon for wet has been sufficient for me. If you break strings or rackets you may require more. Bring an extra shoe-lace while your at it.
     
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  12. Devilito

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    All depends on your string set-up. 2 fresh strung with full poly is fine if it's a local tournament and you can go home after a match and string if something happens. Most top players I know are very similar. If it's something local they'll show up with 2 racquets in their hands and a water bottle and that's it. Seems like the lower level someone is the more gear they're hauling on court, newest tennis fashions and stuff.

    In the 90s I usually carried 4 strung racquets and had around 5 or 6. But that was in the day's of syngut that could snap at any time. Plus I broke my fair share of racquets as well due to a bad temper
     
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  13. Power Player

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    You can't show up with 2 sticks and a bottle of water here in Florida. It's way too hot. If it's one match or something, sure. But it gets to be 100 degrees on court here. You have to have extra clothes..sunscreen, some food or drink that prevents cramps. Main reason to have doubles of a racquet is more about wet grip than strings. Wet grips can kill you in a match. I have a resin bag too.

    Everyone down here has a tennis bag from what I have seen.

    Yes, the heat is annoying, and the humidity is brutal.
     
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  14. maggmaster

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    Yea indoor tourneys I show up with 2 rackets in a back pack and leave the pack in a locker. Outdoor I do the full bag with clothing changes and extra rackets. Too much sweat in the summer.
     
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  15. kingcheetah

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    Virtually all of the tournaments are going to be outdoors, so it'll be pretty hot and humid (barring a freakishly cool summer.) So I'll definitely need to have plenty of overgrips, clothing changes, water and sunscreen.
     
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    Apparently that means I am low level..lol. But at least I will be hydrated and dry while embarrassing myself among all the amazing players around me.
     
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  17. NLBwell

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    Now that I'm a 4.0, I have as many as 6 rackets in a large tennis bag with extra clothes, water, Gatorade, coke, hats, overgrips head tape, towel, pens, bottle openers, medicines, and all sorts of other things.
    When I played Open tournaments many years ago, I showed up with just one racket in my hand.
     
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  18. Power Player

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    I did it as a junior my first year of summer league 16 and under.

    Never again. It was brutal.
     
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  19. kingcheetah

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    It'll be an interesting summer-- I've got a tournament scheduled pretty much every weekend of mid may through august... We'll see how this goes!
     
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  20. nickarnold2000

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    I hear you dude. I have the same problem with the heat and humidity in Asia. There's nothing like pulling out a racket with a dry grip. It's definitely saved me some matches. I bring 4 identical frames with me and I'm not a string breaker.
     
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  21. maggmaster

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    I wish I could find a tournament to play once a month...my area sucks.
     
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  22. Devilito

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    from experience i play one match, go home, shower, change, recover etc. i generally don't stay at a tennis club all day and wait around. Only time i like to be there during a tournament is when I'm playing. That's usually once or at most twice/day. And i see your point about playing in extreme conditions. I don't, so the amount of supplies people usually cart around are not needed. For example, I've never in my life changed my tennis grip during a match or had issues with a grip being too wet. I usually have a fresh grip going in and that's enough. But then again i don't sweat a lot as is.
     
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  23. anantak2k

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    I do something similar. I have 3 that I rotate between for dry grip purposes. And I have a freshly strung 4th just in case. Since I rotate 3, when I start popping strings all three tend to pop around the same time which is why I keep a 4th that is freshly strung around.
     
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  24. TeamOB

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    Just 2. I use durable polyester so I never break more then 1 string in a day. Some fellow players have like 6 racquets and think it makes them more legit. It's funny really.
     
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  25. Power Player

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    Ok yeah. I get it. In that case it is overkill to bring a lot of stuff. I love a nice tennis bag because its all in one place and easy to store stuff. I also cycle to matches a lot.

    Anyway - yeah the conditions down here are extreme in the summer and tournaments can be 2-3 matches in one day. So if you sweat a lot like me, you need to bring a lot of clothes and plan to shower between matches just to raise your core temp and recover a little.

    I learned this when I was 14 or so. The tournaments were fun but very very tough on the body, even for a kid.
     
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  26. TennisCJC

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    When you get to 3.5 level, you'll have to add an extra pair of shoes and you'll have to upgrade your cap style hat to one of the those Australian hats with the flap around the sides and back to protect your ears and neck from the sun.
     
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  27. texacali

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    How about going to a league sectionals? I break strings so I plan to bring 4 rackets (two pairs of different types, but use both brands/models frequently). Is 4 overkill?
     
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  28. LeeD

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    Haven't played an Open tourney in 33 years....
    But usually carried between 4 to 6 of the same model, usually 3 with the same strings and tensions, then other's for varied conditions.
    I don't play seriously anymore, so instead own 2 of 5 different models, plus some strays. Most of the 11 oz 320 SW racket's are interchangeable, so they don't all have to be the same.
     
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  29. NLBwell

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    Thanks, I'll begin the process of procuring those, since I know I will need them soon.
     
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  30. tennisbuck

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    I'm a junior player that has played in some open level mens events. I have 4 racquets although i usually only bother stringing 3 of them for a tournament. If the tournament is local i might only string 2 then string another at home if one of the first two breaks.
     
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  31. kingcheetah

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    So it sounds like 3-4 is the way to go unless I go full-Hulk and start popping strings more than I currently do.
     
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  32. nextNalbandian

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    3 has generally been my standard, rarely have I ever needed more than 3 and that was always sufficient all through juniors and college. Only once did I ever break more than 3 in one tournament, but I'm glad I happened to have 4 at the time lol.
     
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    I break strings once every six months or so and I play 4-5 times per week.

    Must be my very flat game though I do use poly loosely strung.

    Only take two racquets to competition and never had a string break yet.
     
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  34. floridatennisdude

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    I play w/ 3 frames. Try to rotate every 8 games or so. I try to have them fresh strung and gripped before entering any event. Every two weeks I string and grip on a routine basis.
     
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