string tensions

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  1. corncob3466

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    do you know what the highest string tension played by the pros is? what about the lowest?
     
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  2. Michael Ludwig

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    Highest I know of is Thomas Muster at the Australian Open a few years back with a shocking 44/43kg with IsoSpeed Pro 1.25mm. Lowest?......few clay court guys on tour currently in 18kg range with polys. Pretty sure Chang did some pretty low tensions at Wimbledon a few years back too.
     
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  3. PureCarlosMoyaDrive

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    Can you translate that to pounds for me?
     
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  4. Takumi Fujiwara

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    Just times it by 2.2 PCMD..

    I know James Blake was up at 68lbs in Sydney.. Mark P. Strings up around the 33.5kg (around 73lbs) mark. Lisa Raymond was stringing at 69lbs too.

    as for LOW, i can remember doing Galo Blanco at like LOW 20's, cant remember exactly what it was.. it was with 1.38 BB original too.. nasty stuff
     
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  5. PureCarlosMoyaDrive

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    20 pounds? WOW, amazing. Sampras was like 72 lbs right? Isn't Haas way up there too?
     
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  6. corncob3466

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    20, geez, how do the strings even stay together?
     
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  7. Michael Ludwig

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    Pete would always change tensions and gauges depending on weather, court speed, surface, etc......but would usually be above 31kg (other than at Wimbledon). Haas also likes a tight frame, from the low to mid/high 30kg mark. Another one is Seles, who likes her strings first prestretched, then each double pulled near 38kg.
     
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  8. Takumi Fujiwara

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    no no no, sorry fellas, I meant 20KG for Blanco.. not lbs
     
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  9. PureCarlosMoyaDrive

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    38 kg? THATS HGUE!!!
     
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  10. Michael Ludwig

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    You also must consider the stiffness of the string and head size of her racquet....
     
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  11. PureCarlosMoyaDrive

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    Does she have an oversize with natural gut or something?
     
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  12. Michael Ludwig

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    It's a pretty huge racquet strung with 515.
     
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  13. Peter Samprer

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    sampras: 75 lbs.
     
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  14. @wright

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    My arm hurts just thinking about hitting a ball with a racquet strung at 75!
     
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  15. Kobble

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    Sampras and Muster's frames are crazy.

    Has anyone ever tried to copy their balances and tensions for fun?
     
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  16. AAAA

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    I tried 68lbs 16g NRG in a 95 si. frame once and knew it was too high after hitting the very first ball. It was the first and last time I was ever fearful about My health on a tennis court.
     
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