Playing With a Pro's String Tension

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Arthur, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. Arthur

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    I've read that pros have their racquets strung on match day in order to play with a consistent, predictable stringbed. I've also read that a stringbed loses approximately 10% of its tension (give or take) within 24 hours of coming off the machine.

    If I want to spend a couple of weeks trying out the same tension a particular pro takes onto the match court (for example, 55 lbs), but I don't want to visit the stringer daily, should I have it strung 10% tighter (approx. 60 or 61 lbs) and then let the stringbed settle down to the target tension over the first couple or days or the first couple of hitting sessions?
     
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  2. BaselinePlaya

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    And stay away from Luxilon strings- they lose their tension more quickly than most strings.
     
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  3. cknobman

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    Depends on the type of string you are using.

    Poly, in general, will loose more tension than syn or multi.

    Also some pros use very low tensions to begin with, around 45-50lbs.
     
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  4. TennezSport

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    True but...........

    What you heard is true but there are so many variables, don't know if you can simulate it that way accurately.

    The pros adjust tension on almost a daily bases based on wind conditions, ball, surface type, racquet type and head size. As mentioned earlier, different polys will change at a different pace and it also depends on how hard and how consistent you hit the ball.

    To save time and money, find a string or hybrid that works with your personal racquet and then play with the tension to fine tune it for your game. Good luck, have fun.

    TennezSport :cool:
     
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  5. Arthur

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    Thanks for the input. I understand that pros adjust their tension for things that I wouldn't, and I don't expect to replicate their power or consistency. I'm not looking to replicate anyone's exact setup on every surface under every condition, I'm just going for the general ball park.

    And so if I read a pro's tension and it looks surprisingly low, that's not like me stringing at that same tension and then playing with it for a couple of weeks. It's more like (a) me stringing at that tension and playing with it once, immediately, or (b) me stringing 10% higher and then playing with it for the next 2-3 weeks. Right? (Generally speaking?)
     
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  6. Richie Rich

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    sounds like a waste of $ to me
     
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  7. Sliceboy2

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    IMO, the strings liveliness is different when it is freshly strung and it will always depends on the string material.
     
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  8. couch

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    Experiment with different tensions and find one that works for you. Really pretty simple.
     
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  9. Arthur

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    Why can't you ask a question around here without having to explain why you're asking? I have experimented with different tensions, and I am continuing to do so. Out of curiosity, though, I also thought it would be interesting to test out some of the ranges of string tensions (both high and low) used by players at the top of our game. If you have any input on my original question, I'd appreciate it, but your glib dismissal of the entire thread (and this entire subforum, come to think of it) is not helpful.
     
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  10. Cup8489

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    for the future, you don't need to get mad b/c he's not answering your question..but to answer it as best as i can, i find that strings never play the exact way they do hot off the stringer if you've hit with them once, twice, etc. the only string that maintains its tension well up until breaking is natural gut, and it's 20+ dollars a set of these, PLUS commission for stringing. but synthetic guts, or synthetic multifilaments hold tension the best, meaning you'll have a more consistent feel on the strings until they break. poly "goes dead" because it doesnt break fast but loses tension fast, Luxilon is the worst for that problem.
     
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  11. themitchmann

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    This is a tough question to answer, as different strings lose tension at different rates. Also, you have to consider how the racket was strung (was the string pre-stretched either manually or with the setting on an electronic stringing machine), was it strung properly, with each string being pulled individually. Was the stringing machine a manual lock-out or constant pull, and were the knots tied well, etc.

    Assuming that the string job was competent, strings typically lose somewhere between 7-10% (again, just a ballpark as it really depends on the string) after the first 24hrs. Of course, they will continue to lose tension as time goes on, just not as quickly as that first day. So, you really need to play with the racket within those first couple of days to get the true sense of that tension...after two weeks, the strings may still feel and play ok, but you're no longer at the original reference tension.

    I would recommend going up a couple of pounds, but probably not as high at 10%...maybe 6-7.5%. Ultimately, you should try to play with the new strings as soon as possible. Hope this helps.
     
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  12. couch

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    Okay, you want an answer to your question? Some pros have their racquets strung the day of the match, some don't. Depends on who the pro is. Some "pros" can't afford to have their racquets strung before every single match. It's cost prohibitive. Also, it depends on the string you are using with regards to how much tension it will lose within 24 hours after coming off the machine. So how are we supposed to answer that question for you since you haven't told us what string you are using?

    I just don't understand why it matters what so and so pro strings his racquet at. Why does that matter? Just curious. As long as you are happy with the tension it doesn't really matter does it? What, you're going to string your racquets at 70lbs (oh I'm sorry, 77lbs to make up for the stringbed losing tension off the stringer) because Blake does and have your arm fall off?

    But if you want to waste your money that's your perogative.
     
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  13. JRstriker12

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    Doing some research, it looks like most strings loose that 10% thier tension in the first 24 hours and then the tension loss after that is pretty small. See question# 20 here: http://www.sptennis.com/strings.asp

    I would try stringing the racket to account for that 10% loss over the first 24 hours. The tension loss after that period should be pretty small. I tend to string a little high, knowing that the tension will be where I generally want it after the first hitting session or two, rather than it being perfect the first hitting session, then end up feeling too loose the next session.

    Having said that, it's going to be hard to replicate the specific tension of a pro's racket for an extended period of time if you can't string before every match/practice as the tension will gradually change over time, whether you compensate for the loss of tension or not. It's also kind of hard to say how far the tension has dropped as 10% is an estimate. If you look at TW's string reviews, some drings drop more and some strings drop less and they have to use an expensive machine to test it.

    If you want to experiment with low or high tensions, just try stringing towards the extreme high and low ends to get a feel for the response in that general tension range. I wouldn't worry so much about what the pros string at since they get free string and a fresh set almost every time they play. IIRC - Blake said that a set of Luxilon lasts him 2 hours before he has to restring.
     
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    My experience with the newer co-polys have been pleasant in terms of tension maintenance. There is the initial drop and then you hit somewhat of a plateau. Some call the strings dead, I call it darn good tension maintenance.
     
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  15. Arthur

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    Thanks for the thoughts. It sounds like the consensus is: "Mabye, maybe not, it's not that simple." I can live with that.

    It doesn't matter in any real sense. I'm not going to quit playing tennis at the string tension I like just because I can't string daily.

    I wasn't trying to pick a fight, but what's the point of coming into the "Pros' Racquets and Gear" subforum to ask why people want to know what the pros use? You might as well hop over to "Former Pro Player Talk" and ask why anyone wants to talk about former pros.
     
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  16. PBODY99

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    A couple of weeks is a little long for one stringing to last for a high level player using the modern game, playing daily.
    Pick the pro's tension you want to try and then try to record how it feels each time you play.
    However after a week for any non_gut stringings I doubt that you would still get the response you first noticed. Just my 2 bits from my 30 years of stringing.
     
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  17. couch

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    No worries. I just didn't understand what you were wanting to do and/or why you were wanting to do it. Maybe you play tennis for a different reason than I do but I try to find the right tension for "me" and don't worry about what the pros are doing. But if you want to experiment based on what a particular tension a pro play plays with that's cool.
     
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  18. master_stringer_mitchy

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    got to say that if u have decent machine that does not happen. i use a babolat sensor wnd pre stretch 10-15% on alu power rough and it lasts very well, but each to there own!

    i dont really like rackets strait out of the mchine, to tight! but i guess if i were gd enough to have them done every day i would drop down a couple of pounts!
     
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    I have my racquets strung at the local tennis shop. I have no idea if they prestrech the strings there or not. Should I start asking them?
     
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    By all means........

    Yes, you should be able to ask the stringer anything you want about your racquet. We are always trying to get our customers to ask questions and give feedback so we can produce better string jobs for them. If we do not have the answer, we go find it; a win-win for all.

    TennezSport :cool:
     
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  21. Arthur

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    I wish all stringers felt that way. The closest one to me just wants you in, paid, and out as quickly as possible. They strung my racquets with the wrong string twice in a row. The first time, they were out of what I'd asked for, but they didn't tell me while I was there. Instead, they substituted another string without asking me and then told me what they'd done when I came to pick them up. The very next time they flat out didn't listen to me and put in a different string and different gauge than I'd asked for. I haven't been there since.
     
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  22. couch

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    If you need your racquets strung frequently I would look into getting a stringer and do it yourself. I've had a stringer for the last few years and can't believe I didn't buy one sooner. I string for myself and my wife and can't tell you how much time and money it saves us. It also makes experimenting easier. ;)

    If you have any questions regarding stringing machines let me know. I did a lot of research before I bought the one I did.
     
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  23. Arthur

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    Thanks, Couch. Which one did you buy?
     
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  24. rosenstar

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    Not really. The rate that a string job looses tension is not constant. What I'm trying to say is that the string doesn't loose 5% in of it's tension in the first 12 hours, then another 5% in the next 24 hours. It doesn't work like that. THe loss in tension is affected by numerous things, such as temperature, humidity, how much play, the tennis ball, how the player strikes the ball, etc.

    TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION:
    the most accurate way to feel what a pro's string bed feels like when they play would be to have a racquet identical to their's strung with the same string at the same tension. Then, you would hit with the racquet IMMEADIATELY after the string job.

    EDIT: I didn't see that you mentioned this in the post I quoted. I'm sorry. But to answer your question, because tension does not decrease a constant rate, the second option you mentioned (10% higher and then playing with it for the next 2-3 weeks.) would not work.
     
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  25. couch

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    I ended up buying a LaserFibre and went through a few troubles actually getting it but that's a whole other story which they may or may not have solved since then. They had a distributor (********* I think) that supplied their machines from Europe that they had some troubles with and I believe they are going to have their own machines either now or shortly. Once people got the machines they were, including myself, very happy.

    It's a great machine and really has the best of both worlds for my needs. It's a drop-weight machine that only needs one pull as opposed to potentially a few pulls to get the right tension. It also utilizes constant-pull which I think gives you a little better string job. Kind of like the electronic stringers that continue to pull the string while the stringer clamps it. Their really isn't a lot that can go wrong with a drop weight machine. No electronic parts, etc.

    The type of stringer and the amount you want to spend just depends on your individual needs. I would suggest calling Tim at Laserfibre (888-895-2350). He's sometimes hard to get in touch with but is very knowledgeable and a very nice guy and will give you all the information you need, sometimes more. LOL I actually order strings from him for me and my wife too.

    Lot's of good options out there but just take your time if you're going to go this route and you'll be glad you did. I could actually talk all day about stringing and why or why not one type of stringer is better than the other.

    But I would call Tim and start from there. Good luck.
     
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    no worries man. yeah, defo ask your stringer, ur payin them! i know new babolat, tecnifibre, prince machines and maybe yonex pre stretch, just depends on what machine they are using. its a sad thing ut alot of stringers just string and dont care!
     
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    Ok, no offense I promise. I am just making an observation and I am not trying to be hateful. BUT, if youaren't good enough to have a stringing sponsor to provide such services as daily restringing and the sort, then it seems you have a little more to work on then just finding a correct tension. But thats just my humble two cents, you can certainly do whatever you want. And also; if I were you I would get multiple racquets and string them all at different tensions. Then you can test out multiple tensions in one day at kill
    2+ birds with one stone..
     
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  28. Arthur

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    So if you're not sponsored, you shouldn't experiment with string tension? Interesting.

    Sandwiching a condescending remark between "no offense" and "just my humble two cents" doesn't make it more humble or less condescending.
     
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    I never said not to experiment with string tension at all. I also gave helpful advice to testing different string tensions that no one else had brought up. And I didn't mean any offense by it at all. I was just simply trying to point out that it may be more financial trouble than its worth if you are wanting to constantly have your racquet restrung. Don't accuse someone of not addressing the original question when they clearly give helpful advice in the post. I hope I was able to provide you with some helpful info. Testing different string tensions is perfectly normal and acceptable among all tennis players, but it can be expensive. And that extra expense is only providing small upgrades towards dialing in your groundstrokes and serve. My advice is to go about it slowly and if possible string many of the same racquet with different tensions in order to find out what the best tension is for each of your shots (groundies, serves, volleys) Then after doing that you can fluctuate between 2-4 lbs. up or down from your desired tension to really dial in the correct setup. Just remember its expensive and theres no substitute for hard work and practice. Those two things, in the end, will help you a lot more than strings you buy at your local pro shop. Good luck and I hope you are able to find something that really suits your game and helps take you to the next level. And don't say you didn't get any advice this time....:)
     
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  30. ilian

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    I know this is an old thread, but check out this link to get a referrence point for how tight/loose the pros string their racquets. You might be surprised by some of the numbers:

    http://www.colinthestringer.com/pros-strings/

    Tennis Pros & Their Strings


    Here are the strings the world’s top tennis players, (and a few recently retired players), are using in their rackets, together with the rackets they’re using, and the tensions, (in lbs), they most commonly string at. These tensions are known as ‘Reference Tensions’, and are the tensions the pros will hit with when they arrive at a tournament. Having seen how the racket feels at the Reference Tension, they’ll then, if necessary, take the tension up or down a couple of pounds at a time until the get the feel they’re looking for. Things such as court surface, temperature, altitude, as well as their next opponent, will all contribute to any change required, but everything will start from the Reference Tension.

    Where two tensions are shown the first is the tension of the main strings, and the second is the tension of the cross strings.

    Where hybrid stringing is shown, the first named string is used for the main strings, and the second named is used for the cross strings. For example, Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt uses Babolat VS Team for his main strings, and Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power for his cross strings, whereas Sweden’s Joachim Johansson uses Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power for his main strings, and Babolat VS Touch for his cross strings.

    Latest Update: Australian Open/Davis Cup 1st Round – January/February 2012

    Tomas Berdych Head YouTek IG Instinct MP
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 55lbs

    James Blake Donnay X-Dual Pro
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 68lbs

    Bob Bryan Prince EXO3 Rebel 95
    Prince Beast XP 56/52lbs

    Mike Bryan Prince EXO3 Rebel
    Prince Beast XP 54/51lbs

    Jennifer Capriati Prince Tour Diablo
    Babolat VS Touch/Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 51/48lbs

    Juan-Ignacio Chela Babolat Pure Storm Team
    Tecnifibre Spinfire Maxi Power 58lbs

    Marin Cilic Head YouTek IG Radical MP
    Babolat VS Touch 61lbs

    Kim Clijsters Babolat Pure Drive Team
    Babolat VS Touch 58lbs

    Lindsay Davenport Wilson [K]Tour
    Wilson Natural Gut 63/64lbs

    Nikolay Davydenko Prince EXO3 Tour 18×20
    Polystar Energy 51lbs

    Juan Martin del Potro Wilson [K] Six.One 95
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 62lbs

    Novak Djokovic Head YouTek IG Speed MP 315 18×20
    Babolat VS Team Natural Gut/Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough 55/52lbs

    Elena Dementieva Yonex RDiS 100 Mid Plus
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 52/48lbs

    Roger Federer Wilson Pro Staff Six.One Tour BLX
    Wilson Natural Gut/Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough 48.5/44lbs

    David Ferrer Prince EXO3 Tour
    Luxilon Big Banger Original 51lbs

    Juan Carlos Ferrero Prince EXO3 Tour
    Luxilon Big Banger Original 53/51lbs

    Richard Gasquet Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 58lbs

    Robby Ginepri Babolat Pure Storm Team
    Babolat Pro Hurricane/Babolat VS Team 64lbs

    Fernando Gonzalez Babolat Pure Storm Team
    Babolat Pro Hurricane 60lbs

    Sebastien Grosjean Head Microgel Prestige Mid
    Babolat VS Touch 51lbs

    Tommy Haas Head YouTek IG Prestige Pro
    Babolat VS Team 75lbs

    Daniela Hantuchova Prince EXO3 Tour
    Babolat VS Touch 58lbs

    Justine Henin Wilson Tour BLX
    Babolat VS Touch 59.5lbs

    Tim Henman Slazenger NX One
    Luxilon Big Banger TiMo/Babolat VS Team 62lbs

    Lleyton Hewitt Yonex RDiS 100
    Babolat VS Team/Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 56lbs

    Martina Hingis Yonex RQS-11
    Yonex Polyester/Babolat VS Team 49/44lbs

    John Isner Prince EXO3 Warrior
    Tecnifibre Pro RedCode 62lbs

    Ana Ivanovic Yonex Ezone Xi
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 54lbs

    Gustavo Kuerten Head Liquidmetal Prestige Mid
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 56lbs

    Petra Kvitova Wilson Tour BLX
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 57/53lbs

    Svetlana Kuznetsova Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 57/55lbs

    Sabine Lisicki Wilson BLX Blade
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough/Wilson Natural Gut 52/50lbs

    Ivan Ljubicic Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro
    Babolat Pro Hurricane 69lbs

    Michael Llodra Wilson Juice Pro BLX
    Babolat VS Team 52lbs

    Feliciano Lopez Wilson Juice 100 BLX
    Luxilon Alu Power/Luxilon AceVS Team 51/46lbs

    Paul-Henri Mathieu Wilson [K]Blade 98
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 62lbs

    Amélie Mauresmo Head Microgel Radical MP
    Babolat VS Touch 54lbs

    Jürgen Melzer Dunlop 4D 300 Tour
    Isospeed Professional 75lbs

    Gaël Monfils Prince EXO3 Rebel 95
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 57/55lbs

    Carlos Moya Babolat Pure Drive Team
    Luxilon Big Banger Original 60lbs

    Andy Murray Head YouTek IG Radical Pro
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough/Babolat VS Team 62lbs

    Anastasia Myskina Head Liquidmetal Instinct Tour
    Luxilon Big Banger Timo 56/52lbs

    Rafael Nadal Babolat AeroPro Drive GT
    Babolat RPM Blast 55lbs

    David Nalbandian Yonex VCore 98D
    Luxilon Big Banger Original 64lbs

    Jiri Novak Völkl Tour 10 Mid Plus
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 64/62lbs

    Flavia Pennetta Wilson Blade 98 Pink BLX
    Wilson Natural Gut 63lbs

    Nadia Petrova Babolat AeroStorm
    Luxilon Monotec Supersense 62lbs

    Mark Philippoussis Head i.Prestige
    Babolat VS Team 75lbs

    Mary Pierce Yonex RD Ti-80
    Luxilon Big Banger TiMo 65lbs

    Milos Raonic Wilson Blade 98 BLX
    Luxilon M2 44/46lbs

    Tommy Robredo Dunlop 4D 300
    Luxilon Big Banger Original 52lbs

    Andy Roddick Babolat Pure Drive Roddick
    Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour/Babolat VS Team 73/61lbs

    Greg Rusedski Dunlop Aerogel 200
    Babolat VS Team 48lbs

    Marat Safin Head Microgel Prestige Mid
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 60lbs

    Fabrice Santoro Head Flexpoint Radical Tour
    Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 60lbs

    Patty Schnyder Head Liquidmetal Prestige Mid
    Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 57lbs

    Maria Sharapova Head YouTek IG Instinct
    Babolat VS Team/Babolat RPM Blast 62lbs

    Robin Soderling Head YouTek IG Radical MP
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 56lbs

    Paradorn Srichaphan Yonex Ultimum RD Ti-80
    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power/Babolat VS Touch 64lbs

    Radek Stepanek Bosworth Tour 96
    Pacific Tournament Pro Natural Gut 55/53lbs

    Paulo Suarez Prince O3 Tour
    Prince Tournament Nylon 65lbs

    Janko Tipsarevic Tecnifibre T-Fight 325 VO2 Max
    Tecnifibre BlackCode 57/55lbs

    Viktor Troicki Prince EXO3 Tour
    Prince Poly EXP

    Jo-Wilfrid Tsonga Babolat AeroPro Drive GT
    Babolat VS Team/Luxilon Alu Power Rough 59.5lbs

    Serena Williams Wilson Blade Team BLX
    Wilson Natural Gut 66lbs

    Venus Williams Wilson Blade Team BLX
    Wilson Natural Gut 66lbs

    Caroline Wozniacki Yonex VCore 100S GT
    Babolat Revenge/Babolat VS Team Natural Gut 57lbs

    Vera Zvonereva Prince EXO3 Warrior
    Gamma Zo Sweet 57/60lbs
     
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  31. ilian

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    Here is another source that I would say confirms the numbers of the previous one:

    http://www.tennisstringer.co.uk/prosetups.jsf

    Which racquets / strings / tensions do the Pro's use?



    Ever wondered what strings racquet, strings and tension the top players use? This page provides these details for a selection of well known players on the men's and women's professional tours. All the information is based on the stringing logs from Wimbledon 2011, 2010 and 2009 as well as the Cincinnati 2009 tour events.




    Wimbledon 2011






    Rafael Nadal – Babolat AeroPro Drive – Babolat RPM Blast – 25 kg – 56 restrings

    Bob Bryan - Prince Rebel - Prince Natural / Luxilon Timo - 56/52 lbs - 38 restrings

    Mike Bryan - Prince Rebel - Prince Natural / Luxilon Timo - 54/51 lbs - 37 restrings

    Serena Williams - Wilson Blade Team - Wilson Natural Gut - 66 lbs - 36 restrings

    Petra Kvitova - Wilson Tour - Luxilon Alu Power - 26/24 kg - 35 restrings

    Feliciano Lopez - Wilson Pro Open - Luxilon Alu Power / Ace - 23/21 kg - 33 restrings

    Venus Williams - Wilson Blade Team - Wilson Natural Gut - 66 lbs - 28 restrings

    Xavier Malisse - Prince Diablo - Babolat Fibretour - 29 kg - 26 restrings

    Sabine Lisicki - Wilson Blade - Luxilon Alu Power Rough / Wilson Natural Gut - 23.5/22.5 kg - 24 restrings

    Milos Raonic - Wilson Blade - Luxilon M2 - 20/21 kg - 21 restrings






    Wimbledon 2010





    Rafael Nadal – Babolat AeroPro Drive – Babolat RPM Blast – 25/26 kg – 56 restrings

    Philip Petzschner – Wilson K-Blade – Luxilon Alu Power – 24/23 kg – 11 restring

    Leander Paes - Babolat Pure Drive – Luxilon Alu Power / Babolat VS Team – 49/47 lbs – 20 restrings



    Serena Williams – Wilson K-Blade Team – Wilson Natural Gut – 65 lbs – 60 restrings

    Cara Black – Babolat Pure Drive – Babolat VS Team – 56lbs – 13 restrings

    Vania King - Babolat AeroPro Drive – Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour – 60 lbs – 8 restrings

    Yaroslava Shvedova - Head Extreme MP – Head Sonic Pro – 25 kg – 7 restrings






    Wimbledon 2009





    Bob Bryan – Prince O3 SpeedPort Black – Luxilon Alu Power Rough / Babolat VS Touch – 48/52 lbs – 32 restrings

    Mike Bryan – Prince O3 SpeedPort Black – Luxilon Alu Power Rough / Babolat VS Touch – 47/51 lbs – 29 restrings

    Juan Carlos Ferrero - Prince OZone Tour – Luxilon Original – 24.5/23.5 kg – 24 restrings

    Robin Soderling – Head Radical MP – Luxilon Alu Power – 25 kg – 31 restrings

    Fernando Verdasco – Tecnifibre T.Flight 320 – Luxilon Original – 23/21 kg – 21 restrings





    Elena Dementieva – Yonex RDiS 100 – Luxilon Alu Power – 23/22 kg – 18 restrings

    Amelie Mauresmo – Head Radical MP – Babolat VS Team – 24.5 kg – 19 restrings

    Dinara Safina – Babolat Aero Storm – Luxilon Alu Power – 25/24 kg – 35 restrings

    Serena Williams – Wilson K-Blade Team – Wilson Natural Gut – 64 lbs – 55 restrings

    Venus Williams – Wilson K-Blade Team – Wilson Natural Gut – 68 lbs – 46 restrings





    Other interesting information
    - Serena Williams had the most racquets strung (55) for any one player at Wimbledon 2009
    - Jurgen Melzer from Austria requested the highest tension (33 kg or 73 lbs)
    - Peter Luczak, also from Austria, used the lowest tension (16 kg or 35 lbs)






    Cincinnati 2009



    Male Players (ATP TOUR)



    Player

    Racquet

    Strings

    Tension



    James Blake

    Dunlop Aerogel 4D 2Hundred Tour

    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power

    68 lbs



    Bob & Mike Bryan

    Prince O3 Speedport Black

    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough / Prince Natural Gut

    49 / 53 lbs



    Marin Cilic

    Head YouTek Radical MP

    Babolat VS Touch Gut / Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power

    58 / 55 lbs



    Juan Martin Del Potro

    Wilson [K]Factor [K]Six.One 95

    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power

    62 lbs



    Nikolay Davydenko

    Prince Ozone Pro Tour

    PolyStar Energy

    48 / 46 lbs



    Novak Djokovic

    Head YouTek Speed Pro

    Wilson Natural Gut / Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power

    61 / 59 lbs



    Roger Federer

    Wilson [K]Factor [K]Six.One Tour 90

    Wilson Natural Gut / Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough

    50 / 47 lbs



    Fernando Gonzalez

    Babolat Pure Storm GT

    Babolat Pro Hurricane

    49 / 50 lbs



    Lleyton Hewitt

    Yonex RDiS 100 Mid

    Babolat VS Team / Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power

    48 lbs



    Gael Monfils

    Prince EXO3 Rebel 95

    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power

    57 / 55 lbs



    Andy Murray

    Head YouTek Radical Pro

    Babolat VS Team Gut / Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power

    56 lbs



    Rafael Nadal

    Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex

    Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour

    55 lbs



    Sam Querrey

    Prince O3 Hybrid Tour

    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power

    66 lbs



    Andy Roddick

    Babolat Pure Drive Roddick GT Plus

    Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour / Babolat VS Team Gut

    63 lbs



    Gilles Simon

    Head MicroGel Prestige MP

    Head IntelliTour Rip Tour / Head Rip Feel

    55 / 63 lbs



    Robin Soderling

    Head MicroGel Radical MP

    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power

    60 lbs



    Radek Stepanek

    Bosworth Tour 96

    Pacific Prime Gut

    55 / 53 lbs



    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Wilson [K]Factor [K]obra Tour

    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough

    57 lbs



    Fernando Verdasco

    Tecnifibre T-Fight 320 VO2 Max

    Luxilon Big Banger Original

    58 / 54 lbs


    Female Players (WTA TOUR)



    Player


    Racquet


    Strings


    Tension




    Victoria Azarenka

    Head MicroGel Extreme Pro

    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power

    62 / 61 lbs



    Marion Bartoli

    Prince O3 Red

    Babolat Pro Hurricane / Babolat VS Gut

    54 lbs



    Kim Clijsters

    Babolat Pure Drive GT

    Babolat VS Touch

    64 lbs



    Elena Dementieva

    Yonex RDiS 100 MP

    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power

    53 / 51 lbs



    Ana Ivanovic

    Yonex RQiS 1 Tour XL 95

    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power / Babolat VS Gut

    54 lbs



    Jelena Jankovic

    Prince O3 SpeedPort Pro White

    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power / Prince Natural Gut

    64 / 62 lbs



    Svetlana Kuznetsova

    Head MicroGel Extreme

    Luxilon Monotec Supersense

    55 / 53 lbs



    Melanie Oudin

    Wilson [K]Factor [K]Blade Tour 93

    Wilson [K] Gut

    54 lbs



    Flavia Pennetta

    Wilson [K] Factor [K] Blade 98

    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power / Wilson Natural Gut

    60 lbs



    Nadia Petrova

    Babolat Aero Storm Tour

    Babolat Revenge

    57 / 59 lbs



    Agnieszka Radwanska

    Babolat Pure Drive GT Lite

    Babolat Pro Hurricane / Babolat VS Gut

    51 lbs



    Dinara Safina

    Babolat Aero Storm Tour

    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough

    66 / 64 lbs



    Patty Schnyder

    Head YouTek Radical MP

    Kirschbaum Touch Turbo

    57 lbs



    Maria Sharapova

    Prince O3 SpeedPort Black

    Luxilon M2 / Prince Natural Gut

    62 lbs



    Samantha Stosur

    Babolat Pure Storm GT

    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power / Babolat VS Gut

    53 / 55 lbs



    Serena Williams

    Wilson [K] Factor [K] Blade Team

    Wilson Natural Gut

    65 lbs



    Venus Williams

    Wilson [K] Factor [K] Blade Team

    Wilson Natural Gut

    68 lbs



    Caroline Wozniacki

    Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex

    Babolat Pro Hurricane / Babolat VS Touch Gut

    62 lbs



    Vera Zvonareva

    Prince O3 White

    Gamma Zo Tour Polyester

    53 / 55 lbs







    INFORMATION FROM 2008

    Male Players (ATP TOUR)



    Player

    Racquet

    Strings

    Tension



    Roger Federer

    Wilson - K Six One 90

    Wilson - Natural Gut
    Luxilon - Alu Power Rough

    21.5 / 21 kg



    Rafael Nadal

    Babolat - AeroPro Drive

    Babolat - Pro Hurricane Tour

    25 kg



    Andy Murray

    Head - MG Radical MP

    Babolat - Natural Gut
    Luxilon - Alu Power

    26 / 25 kg



    Novak Djokovic

    Head - YT Speed Pro

    Wilson - Natural Gut
    Luxilon - Alu Power Rough

    25 kg



    Andy Roddick

    Babolat - Pure Drive Roddick +

    Babolat - Pro Hurricane
    Babolat - Natural Gut

    28 kg



    Juan Martin Del Potro

    Wilson - K Six One 95

    Luxilon - Alu Power

    63 lbs



    Gilles Simon

    Head - MG Prestige MP

    Head - Sonic Pro

    24 / 25 kg



    Fernando Verdasco

    Tecnifibre - T Flight 320

    Luxilon - BB Original

    26 / 24 kg



    David Nalbandian

    Yonex - RDIS100MP

    Luxilon - BB Original

    50 lbs



    James Blake

    Dunlop - AeroGel 4D 300 Tour

    Luxilon - Alu Power


    68 lbs


    Female Players (WTA TOUR)



    Player


    Racquet


    Strings


    Tension




    Serena Williams


    Wilson - K Blade Tour


    Wilson - Natural Gut


    64 lbs




    Dinara Safina


    Babolat - Aero Storm


    Babolat - Pro Hurricane
    Babolat - Natural Gut


    29 kg




    Jelena Jankovic


    Prince - OZone Seven


    Prince - Tour
    Prince - Natural Gut


    31 / 30 kg




    Elena Dementieva


    Yonex - RDIS100MP


    Luxilon - BB Original


    24 / 23 lbs




    Vera Zvonareva


    Prince - O3 White


    Gamma - Zo


    24 / 25 kg




    Venus Williams


    Wilson - K Blade Team


    Wilson - Natural Gut


    64 lbs




    Svetlana Kuznetsova


    Head - MG Extreme MP


    Luxilon - Alu Touch


    24.5 / 23.5 kg




    Agnieszka Radwanska


    Babolat - Drive Z Tour


    Babolat - Pro Hurricane
    Babloat - VS Gut


    23 kg




    Victoria Azarenka


    Head - MG Extreme Pro


    Luxilon - BB Alu Power


    62 / 61 lbs




    Maria Sharapova


    Prince - SpeedPort Black


    Babolat - Pro Hurricane
    Babolat - VS Gut


    27 kg
     
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  32. Rabbit

    Rabbit G.O.A.T.

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    The problem with this is that, just like Average Joe's, pros don't all get their racquets strung every day. I would never add tension to compensate for tension loss. Here's why. If you get a racquet strung at a tension, you can make sure that you play with it same day. If you add X% tension to a frame, how will you know when the frame has lost enough tension to mimic your ideal?

    Next, if you want to play with different tensions, just make sure you can play closer to the time you pick your racquet up.

    Lastly, I read somewhere, possibly on one of the manufacturer's studies, that the vast majority of professional players do not restring like the top 4, or change frames every ball change. The changing frames thing is a relatively new phenomenon started by Ivan Lendl on Warren Bosworth's advice. The idea was to, as close as possible, guarantee consistent performance. My personal opinion is that it has gone from the bizarre to the absurd.

    I also read or heard somewhere that John Isner plays the same frame until it breaks. He used the same frame for the entire Mahut match a couple of years ago at Wimbledon.
     
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  33. Hidious

    Hidious Professional

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    There is a better and simpler solution to know the most recent pro's string and tension; just ask here and a generous stringer like drakulie, jazzar, uk_skippy (sorry if i forgot anybody) will give you a usually very precise answer. Thanks so much for posting here guys!
     
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  34. Magnetite

    Magnetite Professional

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    I personally like my BHBR after I've hit with them for about 20mins up until the 3 - 4 hour mark.

    Initially they feel a bit harsh, and then they loosen up and feel nice, until they go dead or break.

    I string my rackets with BHBR @ 35lbs.
     
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  35. drgchen

    drgchen Rookie

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    I don't think that most players can tell the difference between a fresh string job and a day old string job. It is mostly in the head. That being said, I find that most tension loss occurs initially with a plateau.

    Easiest solution is to string your own racquets and do all kinds of experimentation, that is what I ended up doing.

    Another solution is to check out USRSA reviews that tell how much tension was lost in the first 24 hours based on the string used. This is available online for many popular strings.

    Also having a tourna stringmeter or a gamma racquet computer would help you get a feel for how fast a string loses tension. I have found that different brands and different materials lose tension very differently. Both of these devices are available on tennis-warehouse site.

    Basically you can have your racquet strung at pro tension. Check the tension immediately with the racquet computer. Check again later to see the tension loss. Next, estimate based on tension loss what racquet tension to use to get the desired effect 1 day after or 1 week after stringing. Have it strung at the new tension, check tension the day of play to see if it matches the desired tension.
     
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  36. Miso

    Miso Rookie

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    i use the kirilenko strings. icba to remember the real name of them but i get it strung 52/53 full. then it drops 1 or 2 and it's set. they don't lose tension much, heat, cold. i don't ever recall adjusting strings while playing with them. neither kirilenko for that matter.

    love them. neon yellow star ship strings. not for everyone though. lol
     
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