Priority One, Stringing & Customizing, and The Hall Of Fame

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  1. drakulie

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    “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain”.
    ~ Wizard of Oz

    http://p1tennis.com/

    On a tennis court somewhere in Tampa, Florida two should be lock-ins for the International Tennis Hall of Fame are having a relaxing hit of doubles with two other colleagues. On-lookers wouldn’t see it from their strokes, or frames they choose, which could be anything from a Babolat to a Kniessl. Nor would one see it in their genius of constructing points to employ a winning strategy. Each one has outstanding attributes on a court, like a killer forehand, or overpowering serve. If power doesn’t do it, then perhaps great hands at the net, or an all-court game. With over 40 major titles, countless master shields, several hundred weeks at number one in the sport and still counting, these weekend warriors aren’t at the top of their trade and building a resume to the Hall for what they have accomplished in tennis between the lines over the last 20+ years, but more for what they have quietly assisted others achieving between the lines during that time behind the scenes. Their path to the Hall of Fame is solidly woven in natural gut, polyesters, hundreds of miles of other synthetics, customizing racquets, and providing confidence, and consistency to a large portion of the greatest players over the last 20 years. So great is the skill-set they have developed over this time, and respect from players, that they rarely “promote” themselves, rather, let their work do their talking. Many players seek them out, and many others refer them to their colleagues. Players like Sampras, Federer, Agassi, Murray, Hewitt, Safin, Djokovic, and many others have gone thru lots of changes during their respective careers from coaches, wives/girlfriends, trainers, diets, entourages, sponsorships, etc. But one thing they certainly haven’t needed to worry about changing during what could be a storm of changes throughout their careers is equipment issues like grip sizes, balance of racquets being out of whack, or tension being off. This is due to the incredible and consistently unrivaled work of Priority One (P1). So who are these guys and what are they like?

    Nate Ferguson and Ron Yu of P1 were kind enough to meet me and my wife for dinner earlier this year during the Miami Masters and give me a sneak peek “behind the curtain”.

    Little did they know during their humble beginnings they one day would play a vital role in the success of the games greats by leading the way in customization and stringing to these giants of the game, nor did they know their stringing would forever become inter-twined with the greats of the game. Nate learned from Jay at Bosworth (Warren Bosworth) around 1986. Ron also learned around the same time, and in 1989 joined the Babolat Competition Stringing Team. As you all know, Nate became Sampras’ personal stringer, and Ron was for a time, Agassi’s stringer. After the players respective careers ended, they joined forces at Priority One, where they were later joined with Glynn and Mike. Glynn being the best player with a massive overhead and forehand that strikes fear in the other three, and of course an excellent and consistent stringer who has provided the stringing service to many champions, including Wimbledon Champions. Mike being more of a behind the scenes guy, sort of like the Wizard of Oz behind the green curtain who assists in customizing many players frames that come thru the P1 shop. Ironically, Mike, being “behind the curtain” is a reflection of stringers and racquet technicians around the world. So little is known or written about them and the importance of the work they do.

    I asked Ron if he still enjoyed stringing and he laughingly stated, “If I won the lottery, I would never string another racquet again, including my own.” But still, one has to keep this comment in perspective and look closely at the moment it was said,,,,,,, after stringing with the others over 500 frames at Indian Wells, and then possibly another 500 at Miami. So it’s easy to understand where the comment comes from. Both do admit to getting tired of the travel and work, but still enjoy it, and enjoy the personal relationships they have established with their clients over the years, which they acknowledge is what makes them so successful; The personal relationships and confidence the players have in their work. Those relationships, and the confidence that results for the players, allow the players to have one less thing to worry about when they go onto the court. “Players knowing everything will always be consistent, and feeling comfortable with the people stringing is what makes it work”, says Nate. “Most players have gone thru their tennis life with a sort of discipline, waking up at certain time, training, eating, working out, physical training,,,,, why not stringing? Sort of a discipline.” Ron states, and I agree “that in many ways, stringing is not an art such as a painting but more of a craft with artistic flavor.” His reasoning being art is always different. Stringers or racquet technicians are at the end of the day craftsmen whose essential role is to provide the same result over and over for a player; taking the guess work out, or uneasiness for a player that doesn’t want to find out when the match has started that his frames all play differently.

    Stringers around the world who haven’t been able to provide consistent string jobs are one reason they are so sought out and eventually hired. One day Nate, while working in his garage at home received a phone call from a player who had problems with the stringing service at an event overseas. The player realized if he was worried about his stringing, he wouldn’t be able to focus on playing matches, much less chasing history. He didn’t call for a new coach or trainer. That player was looking for someone to provide racquet customization and stringing consistently throughout the entire year. That player was Roger Federer, and has since that day been a P1 customer. More importantly, has been able to achieve his dream of not only chasing history, but single-handedly re-writing the record books without having to worry about his equipment.

    When John Isner a few years back was having problems with strings consistently prematurely snapping in his Prince racquet during matches, he finally contacted P1. Isner’s racquet was worked on by Ron to stop the strings from consistently prematurely, breaking. “Tubing and a little work on the O Ports did the trick”, said Ron. “After I worked on them, I dropped off the frames for John where he was practicing in Tampa. John asked if it would work, and I said, ‘probably not’, and walked away. Later that day, John contacted me to tell me he didn’t break any strings, then the next day, and next, and that is how he signed up with us”. Voila, once again a happy customer. So good was the “trick” Ron came up with, that during the 183 game, 11 hour Isner/Mahut classic marathon at Wimbledon, which would be the longest match in tennis history, P1 only needed to string 3 frames for the final set and 12 in total, which is a very low count considering how much pros re-string racquets during tournaments.

    So good is the consistency and trust clients have in their work, that P1 also replaces over grips for the match and practice racquets during tournaments; Something most players prefer to do on their own for fear that someone else re-gripping their frame will not feel the same in their hand. When adding leather grips to a players frames that are sent to the shop for customizing, all of the grips in the shop are sorted out and matched so that each racquet’s grip is identical in color, weight, length, thickness, and ultimately, feel.

    When traveling to tournaments, P1 ships a lot of equipment, including 3 Babolat Star 4 machines, player racquets, strings, grips, and over grips, in addition to tools to assist them in customizing in the case it is needed on site. A Prince Tuning Center is used to travel in place of the heavier Babolat RDC that stays back in the shop. These tools come in handy for players who are not Gold Clients but may run into balance and swing weight issues on the road, such as many women players who don’t use P1’s full service because they simply don’t re-string enough during tournaments, unlike the men who re-string nearly every day and sometimes twice a day. However, many of the women, like men, seek out P1 for their expertise in customizing, and getting their racquets perfectly “tuned up”.

    When asked about racquet specs in order of importance, Nate and Ron agree that most important is the swing weight, followed by the weight and ultimately balance, although length of a racquet plays a vital role that can’t be overlooked and could at times drastically change all of these. Of course, there is also flex and lastly the feel of a racquet, which is personal to each player and how they perceive it.
     
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    In regards to strings and stringing, Ron prefers one piece over two whenever possible, simply because of loss of tension on tie offs. Being that the use of hybrids has become ever-more popular among pro players, two piece stringing which typically consists of a poly and natural gut strings, resulting in the need to use 4 knots, which then results in quicker tension loss in a shorter amount of time. In our discussion about hybrids and gut, Ron and Nate turned the tables and asked me a question. Where I liked the gut and why? I stated I felt using natural in the crosses is a waste, simply because any other less expensive multi will do the same thing, which is to soften the string bed. Gut in the mains is where one gets the advantage and performance of using natural guts. Nate agreed, and Ron jokingly added they should pass this advice onto yet another one of their clients, Andy Murray, who uses gut in the crosses. Still, many of their clients prefer the gut in mains with a poly in the crosses, such as Federer, Djokovic, Fish, and Tsonga to name a few, all claiming they get much better performance from the string in regards to tension maintenance, power, spin, comfort and control.

    A lot is debated about string and racquet technology, fitness, court surface, coaches and coaching methods, and how it has changed the game and their importance, but very little is talked about in regards to how personal service and customization to the top players has changed the way they approach the game. More importantly, about the persons who are directly responsible for that service, so it’s surprising that when a player receives their championship trophy, they don’t forget to thank sponsors, umps, coaches, wives, ball boys, fans and a list of all sorts of others, resulting in the warm embrace and cheers of the fans, but rarely if ever give thanks to those who provide one of, if not the most important functions in today’s game, the tuning and caring of ultimately the only thing that makes contact with the tennis ball, the players racquet and strings.

    Perhaps one day the Hall of Fame will recognize Ron and Nate’s importance and contributions to the game; preparing and customizing the most essential tool a pro needs to win the countless matches, titles and majors they have been directly responsible for. If the greatest players the game has seen over the last 20 years who are in or on their way into the Hall of Fame have searched them out, why not the Hall with No Strings Attached? Perhaps when this happens, the work, sometimes brutal such as stringing all day and night, and working countless and tireless hours during tournaments, will be more appreciated and respected by the tennis community as a whole; From home stringers, to shop stringer, to tournament stringer. Perhaps when this happens, racquet technicians will come out from behind the Green Curtain in Oz to a front and center stage embrace of the tennis community for a long overdue curtain call. Hopefully, if one day Priority One is recognized, it will lead to the rest us “racquet wizards” in the stringing community to also be recognized, and our work justified and respected.

    As many of you may or may not know, I was lucky enough to get a call from P1 this year. The call was to ask if I would be interested in joining them at the Cincinnati Masters 1000 Western & Southern Open. After meeting these legends earlier this year, not only did I feel lucky to be asked to string at such a prestigious event, I felt honored I would have my day Behind the Curtain and have the chance to be stringing side-by side with the very best racquet technicians and stringers in the world.

    From left to right, the P1 2012 Cincy String team:
    (Chuck, Julian, Ron, Drakulie (Rick), Glynn, Mark, Doug, and Casey (kneeling))

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    Casey, practicing his rowing skills:

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  3. cluckcluck

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    Nice Drak! Interesting bit on Isner's string breaking.
     
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    Sam Querrey frames in P1 bags:

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    Ron Yu taking a break:

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    Glynn, stringing Federer's frames:

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    Drak, stringing Dimitrov frame:

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    Roger Federer's frames:

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    Doug's master piece..... about 8 thousand tireless Serena frames:

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    Great post Drak!

    Love the pics .. without someone like you us average folks would never get this glimpse "behind the curtain".

    P1 Has my vote for the Hall of fame (unfortunately that doesn't carry much weight).

    Thanks !
     
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    Great stuff, thanks for sharing it!
     
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    Don't have time to read this now but I can't wait to sit down and read it later. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  9. Roger Wawrinka

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    Wow, I love this Drakulie! Can I ask a few questions. Was Casey stretching Nautral gut? And if he was what did he have it wraped around? Last question, why was the starting clamp on the outside of the frame for? Is that a way of starting mains, If so could you explain it to me? Would it be okay if I shoot you an email sometime? If you do not want to give your email away I understand.

    Great Story and Great pictures, Thanks!:)

    Roger Wawrinka
     
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  10. MAX PLY

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    I hope you liked working with Chuck--a good guy and friend of mine here in the ATL. Thanks for all of the great posts.

    Great article!!
     
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  11. stringwalla

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    Saw the P1 crew quite a bit hanging/waiting outside of Ashe to transfer rax to players. Must of been a logistical problem during qualies week though, because a few top P1 clients were using the on site services even though P1 stringers were in the city.
     
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    You my friend, deserve a prize. It's great to see that you are rubbing elbows with the big guys (and I don't mean you aren't!) I feel happy for you and hopefully some day you'll become a P1 full time member! Great post, thanks for sharing and hope to see you soon!
     
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    Thank for that amazing report!
     
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  14. RJYU

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    Probably not "logistical problems", and may have been the fact that we don't start stringing until Wednesday or Thursday of the week before the start of the main draw.

    If you saw us, you should have stopped to say hello!
     
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    RJYU, This might sound like a weird question but are you allowed to tell me what finishing knot you use? Also, I know you tie-off on the cross when you are stringing natural gut but in the mains, but when you are stringing for someone like Wawrinka, Nadal, or Tipsarevic, who use full sets of poly, when you are stringing the crosses, do you start the crosses from the bottom? I always thought that this was bad for the racquet (I could be wrong) but is there a way you can string from top to bottom while doing one piece?


    Thanks, Roger Wawrinka
     
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  16. stringwalla

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    Gave you a "smile and a nod" Ron. My next stop is Australia, if I see you there, I'll introduce myself for sure-
     
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    Glad to read you have all enjoyed the read. Thanks!

    I'll try to post a few more photos when I get a chance.

    Roger, we used a door handle with a towel wrapped around it to protect the strings when pre-stretching. In reference to the starting clamp, I believe you are speaking about the photo with Doug. If so, I believe this is how he starts his mains, but not sure of his exact procedure.

    Here is my email: drakulie@aol.com


    Max, working with Chuck, along with all the other guys was a great pleasure. Chuck is a real nice guy and great resource with a lot of knowledge. Hopefully, will have the pleasure of working with him again in the future.

    PS: Thanks for pointing out the error. I corrected it.
     
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    @ roger wawrinka
    You use a starting clamp on the mains with the yusuki method i believe.
     
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    Great post as usual, Drakulie.
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    I see Glynn, for example, is using a tabletop model. I'm guessing machines with bases aren't always preferred.
     
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    That does sound like a weird question. You want to know what finishing knot is used to start the crosses when stringing one piece? That's Ron's main reason for stringing one piece two fewer knots.
     
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  21. themitchmann

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    Great post Drak!
     
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  22. RJYU

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    That is actually the main reason I prefer 1 piece stringing over 2 piece stringing. Tension loss isn't really an issue if you know what you're doing when tying knots. In my opinion, knots are weak points in string jobs, so the less for me, the better. Also, less knots mean less grommets being mushroomed.

    As for my finishing knot, it's just one of the many variations of a double half hitch. I don't know if it has a name, and I don't call it anything. I'm sure someone decades ago used it, since all variations have been used way before any of us started stringing.
     
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    Most of the problems with knots on here seems to be cinching them up, including the old "tension head" to pull and <break> the string in the process. That's once someone posts a diagram or link to an instructional video.
     
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    Great post Drak ... Very informative and shows that the guys "behind the curtain" are real people that enjoy their craft and aren't looking for an ego boost they just take immense pride in what they do! Kudos to them and you!
     
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    Drak,

    I do agree with your comment that natural gut is a waste as a cross versus a multifilament but I think that applies to the regular Joes here on TTW. I do think natural gut is slightly better as a cross and if I had Andy Murray's bank account, then I would certainly choose it over a multi cross.

    Thank's for taking the time to post that. It must have taken quite a bit of time and effort to put that together. Good job.
     
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    I could not agree more, I think one and two piece has advantages and disadvantages. When all else fails follow the manufacturers's recommendation. You also have to look at the customers you're stringing for. If rackets are strung day after day sooner or later the grommets will be mushroomed out and in a two week tournament that does not take long.

    If I were playing in a two week major event I would want each racket torn down to bare racket and have the grips and grommets replaced then all rackets matched so each individual racket were perfect and identical to all others to start out. Lead tape comes off all the time I would also want any tape under the grommet system hidden from view so it would not fly off. If I played with an overwrap I would want each racket wrapped the same way every time when strung. I like to start my racket at 10 o'clock with the Logo's top to my right and wrap counterclockwise with the grip at the same angle to the racket the entire length of the handle so the overlap is the same width all the way up. I want the over grip all the way to the very edge of the butt cap and I want the top of the over wrap tapered so no corners protrude out from under the tape. I want the same tension on the grip all the way so the grip is not stretched out too thin or too soft so it feels mushy. I think the grip is more important to me that the stringing job.

    It is clear to me may players don't feel like I do. If my racket hit the court and the grip was scuffed up I would want to replace it immediately but they don't. Then again maybe they understand the rules consequences of racket abuse.
     
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    Radicalized, Thanks for pointing that out. I corrected it.

    As for Glynn stringing on a table top, it is much easier to travel with the machines without the stand. It keeps the weight down. All of the P1 machines are table tops.

    Thanks for the post, and glad to read you understood the point of the article.

    And YES, the P1 guys are all extremely humble, and very nice, and obviously take pride in their work, without being arrogant. With all they have accomplished, they remain very approachable.

    Agreed about the natural gut.

    As for the article, it took me so long to complete it because I kind of got "writers block". I simply couldn't put my thoughts together to tie in all the questions that were asked, into a nice write-up that says much more than simply a Q&A. After meeting with them, and realzing how much history they have been involved with, along with my own personal thoughts on the matter of stringers sort of being treated as "red-headed step childs" in the tennis community, I felt I owed it to stringers and technicians all over the world to do the Q&A in this manner.

    Thanks for your post and comments.
     
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    Sorry Irvin, That meant to say when he is doing Two-piece string jobs, I'll change it right away. Thanks for spotting it out.:)
     
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    Very nice Rick.
     
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    Great post. These sort of posts are so much better to read than the constant bickering of Nadal/Federer/Djoker fans.
     
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    Drak,
    Another shout-out for a very nicely written and informative article. Glad to see you nearing the upper echelon :) . In some ways, this is one of the most substantial sections of the forum.

    and Ron,
    Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and experience (to the extent you can!) with us. That's very cool.
     
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    There's a reason a player plays either all gut, all poly, or a hybrid. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. Just like there's a reason some players who hybrid their strings likes one or the other in the mains. It all comes down to power, control / spin, and feel. Depending on what is most important to the player he will like one or the other in the mains.
     
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    Trip reports are my favourite threads. Thanks for posting!

    Drak, when you're working alongside these guys, is there anything you've observed that sets apart seasoned tour stringers from a 'mere' professional like yourself? I remember reading a thread a few years ago (it may even have been one of yours) where someone strung alongside a very experienced stringer (whose name I can't recall... yep, I'm a little hazy on the details here...), and they said the thing that stood out most to them was economy of movement. The experienced stringer moved as little as possible, making the machine do the work. That sort of thing really interests me, but you can't really pose it as a direct question - if I asked Ron, or one of the other pros that post here, 'what tips do you have for us home stringers?', I doubt I'd get 'try standing still' very high up the list of answers...
     
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    Drak said that after stringing in Delray I believe (someone else may have shared a similar thought as well)
     
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    Drak -

    just saw this, great thread. Thanks so much for taking the time and making the effort.

    Ron -

    have you guys ever considered a stringing camp? Hell, I'd probably buy the beer if y'all would let me string with you for a week!
     
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  36. Irvin

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    Sounds like you are under the impression this is a beer drinking team with a stringing problem. LOL All kidding aside, standing on your feet 12+ hours a day for a couple of weeks is not something I'd want to do.
     
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    GSS has their annual stringers symposium in Florida this fall. If I had the time, I would consider that, as some of the worlds best are typically there.
     
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  38. Roger Wawrinka

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    Hey Ron, When you are stringing one piece for guys like Tipsarevic and Wawrinka, do you string from bottom to top? I was told that was bad for the racquet because of the stress on the frame (I do not know if that is true) but what do you do? Also, Can you explain how you tie your double half hitch? If you do not want to it's okay, I'm just very curious.:)
     
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    Rick, how would you fell if I take any of my old Fischers to your shop?
    Man you a re a famous guy now! That's why we haven't played anymore :)
    saludos< Javier
     
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    dags, thanks for the question. One thing I suppose would set apart a seasoned tour stringer from someone like me would be experience stringing at large tournaments such as this one. There are little things that are important that one can't get without being at the actual tournament such as dealing with the actual pro players, coaches, managers, or whomever else comes to the stringing room. You need to keep in mind, I've done plenty of tournament stringing, just not at the level where the entire draw is filled with such "high profile" players. If you ask me, the futures I did by myself this year was much more physically demanding than Cincy. On the other hand, the mental aspect was much more difficult at Cincy, simply because there are hundreds of thousands of dollars riding on your work, ranking points, race points, etc.

    As for what sets apart someone who strings at home vs someone who strings at this high level, there are a couple of things that immediately come to mind.

    1. Volume of work completed day, after day, after day. One could find themselves stringing up to and over 40 frames in one day.
    2. Hours of work completed. Hours are very long, starting early in the morning, and ending at times after midnight.
    3. The physical demands of the above. Standing on your feet all day for those amount of hours in the same space is both taxing, and exhausting on the body and mind.
    4. Having to stay focused every time you complete a racquet.
    5. And yes, economy of movement. I wrote once that this is really where when you simply dissect a stringer to only look at the actual physical performance of putting strings in a racquet, a tour stringer is hands down more fluid, wastes much less energy, and simply more efficient. There are no "wasted movements", which comes in extremely handy when a racquet has to be turned around very quicly and run off to the court, hopefully, before the changeover.
    I could go on, but hopefully you get the point.

    As for a "tip" I could give, be consistent on every aspect of every string job you complete, never cheat or take shortcuts that would effect the performance of your work. I guarantee I could look at a "home stringers" completed string job, and even if they strung two of the same racquets, using the same pattern, I could find differences in the string job.

    One quick example of what I am referring to above. A player I was assigned sent two racquets during the match to be completed. Myself and one of the other guys had to complete the two run-offs. Being that I was the one who had been stringing for this player all week, I was asked (while both of us were stringing the frames) by the other guy how I started the mains, where I tied my cross knot (the string job was two piece), the cross overs, etc in order to ensure the string jobs were identical. Both frames were completed in about 11 minutes and were identical.

    One more thing I want to stress on in regards to tournament stringing. You have to have team work. This means helping out the others cut out strings, set up machines, or even pre-stretch the crosses while they are completing the mains. Much more to it than this, but again, I hope you get the point.

    Hope all this helps answer your question.

    by the way, you may want to take a look at this thread:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=400181

    You may regret that offer. The beer may end up costing you more than you budget for. :)

    Roger, players, for the most part determine how they want their racquet strung,,,,, be it one or two piece, atw, bottom up, etc. Of course at times, it's up to the stringer if the player doesn't specify, but typically, the stringer wants to build some sort of relationship with the player and will ask.

    stop by any time. Would be great to see you and catch up. Hope all is well.
     
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    Well, you know, I was hoping for a slightly lengthier and more detailed response... ;-)

    Thanks for that, very much appreciated. I've never seen the other thread you linked, so I'll spend some time reading through it.

    Consistency is obviously talked about a lot. When you're banging out the frames at a tournament, is there any sort of quality check once the job is done? You allude to the premise that if you use the same technique and take the same amount of time, then you'll get the same results. Is that as far as it goes, or do you ever take anything like ERT readings?
     
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    Drakulie: "Roger, players, for the most part determine how they want their racquet strung,,,,, be it one or two piece, atw, bottom up, etc. Of course at times, it's up to the stringer if the player doesn't specify, but typically, the stringer wants to build some sort of relationship with the player and will ask."


    Thanks Drak:) I hope you post some more pictures of the stringing room at cincy like you said, I'd love to see them;)
     
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    An ERT is present in the stringing room, although I don't know when or how often it was used. On my end, I took my own ERT, and used it every few frames to make sure I was accurate and consistent. This came in handy especially when completing the same players frames day after day. I would at least check one frame to see if I was getting the same ert as the day before. Additionally, machines were checked for calibration every morning, and sometimes twice a day. I checked mine up to 3 times a day.

    More importantly, players didn't complain, so no need to check every racquet with an ERT. Remember, A LOT of frames were done,,,,, I would imagine close to 2,000, so this would be time-consuming, and on my end, I try to make sure I check the ERT when no players are around. IMO, This would become disastrous.


    You are welcome. I'll post some pics soon.
     
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    Ron doing some homework while Nate strings Baghdatis's frame:

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    Joker's frame:

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    Florian Mayers frames:

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    My Babolat Star 4, with a P1 "license":

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    Dimitrov Frames:

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    I love these pictures!:)
     
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    Great thread Drak - thanks for sharing. I might be doing the Champion Series event here in Arizona in about a month. I'll try to share what I can from it.
     
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    For a week, I think it'd be a blast. It's the kind of thing a tennis geek would/should love.

    Not to get geopolitical on you, but I am a firm believer in the redistribution of beer. :)
     
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    Ron doing some homework ,

    Nate strings Baghdatis's frame:

    nobody's looking for a Star4 table lock...:)
     
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