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  1. thompenator

    Pro's and String Reels

    Generally, yes. We made sure each reel had the player’s name on it. The only exception would be if a player gave permission for their string to be used by another player. When the eventual winner ran out I think one of the other players did offer to allow us to use his string if we’d needed to.
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    Pro's and String Reels

    At time of writing I’ve only done one pro event which was a combined ATP Challenger & WTA equivalent. Nearly all of the players left reels in the stringing room. There was one who provided pre cut string with each restring, as they had previously experienced stringers ‘stealing’ string...
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    Alex Bolt

    I’m glad it’s a new model. I was part of the stringing team for the Nottingham Trophy last week and did some of Bolt’s restrings - it irritated me that I couldn’t identify it.
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    Fan pattern for squash rackets?

    One thing to add to Paul’s advice, assuming these are Eye Rackets frames - be careful removing the old strings. Eye Rackets frames use individual grommets which might get dislodged if you pull the strings out from outside the frame. Cut the strings as normal, then snip the loops outside the...
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    Nishikori: serve racket and receiving racket?

    I haven’t seen any of Kei’s match with Felix but the clip in shows him switching between serving and receiving in the first set tiebreak. Marcelo Melo is the only other player I’ve seen use different racquets for serving and receiving.
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    Wilson Pro Labs: Blade Pro Official Thread

    I ordered a pair last month from Wilson’s GB site and was likewise surprised when I found out that they were coming from Germany. I’ve been expecting an invoice through the post to pay the VAT before delivery but I’ve had nothing. Yet the racquets arrived this morning! Hopefully our purchases...
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    2019 Wilson Blade

    I only bought them just before Christmas and with the lockdown in the UK I haven’t even strung them yet. It’s looking like it could be March or even April before I’ll get to try them. I expect the 308 one to take some getting used to as I’m more used to 300 or less.
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    2019 Wilson Blade

    Mine are in that range, I have 2 at 300 and a third at 308.
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    Head pallets on non-Head racquets

    Yes, people have tried:
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    RF Cap is back

    Mine arrived today, even though the estimated delivery was likewise the 21st.
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    RF Cap is back

    Same for me.
  12. thompenator

    Prestrung "good" rackets and Prestrung in general (Wilson Six.One 2017)

    There’s a slightly old video on YouTube, though this is not necessarily how your Pro Staffs were strung:
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    Head TI S7, Prince O3 Platinum 125 , Wilson ultra xp 125...anyó ne ever try all three

    With no throat bridge the distance between the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock positions is greater than most, if not all, stringing machines can accommodate. The adapter allows the 6 o’clock support to reach the throat.
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    Grommet replacement

    It has the same mechanism as parallel pliers but the jaws are different. As shown on the Eagnas page, one has a threaded hole into which different sized pins are screwed. The other jaw has a cut out on the end opposite the pin. Older, worn badminton grommets can be hard to remove by hand. The...
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    Grommet replacement

    I have one of these and have only used it to remove badminton grommets, for which it’s excellent. I’ll have to try it on a tennis racquet to see what use it can be. I doubt it will be that useful though, it’s design seems much better suited to single grommets than those attached to a strip.
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    Tecnifibre Official - Racquets

    Apollo have them in stock, both tennis and squash - mine arrived this morning.
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    How many people have seen Federer play in person?

    Wimbledon 2016 R3 against Dan Evans. My first ever visit to Wimbledon and I get a Centre Court seat with an order of play including Del Potro, Wawrinka and Federer! Definitely worth being up for nearly 20 hours.
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    New Babolat starting clamp

    It seems that since that thread was last updated Babolat have released a new starting clamp. I've only seen a single picture of it but it has their new logo on outer faces of the jaws and new red/black grips which give it a distinct appearance. I imagine that this is the one Sparkyovcov has got.
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    Pros and Cons of Wilson Baiardo and Babolat Star 5

    They use the Prince 6000 at Wimbledon.
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    A look back at the last 40 Grand Slams

    Very interesting stats. However, there is a slight inaccuracy with one of your points (admittedly the most minor of them), The 7 men who have won a single slam in the last 10 years includes Safin, who also won the 2000 US Open. So you're 4th point should read something like: Of the 7 other...
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    UK TT racquetaholics and tennis bums

    I also went to Keele. What's the tennis like there? I didn't take up the game until years after I graduated, which was 16 years ago so things may have been different then (has it really been that long? where has my life gone!?),
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    highest level of education earned

    PhD in Particle Physics.
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    Stringing Machines in the UK

    Another option for a decent electronic in your budget would be to get a Wise (£414 from W&D) and a good crank machine. The R-A-B Stringmaster 1000 is a top quality machine but it would be at the top of your range (£612). I've heard good things about FST machines - the table top 600 (£415) and...
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    Vantage Bast Core

    On the international site, at the top right it says 'Your store location - International | UK'. Clicking on the 'UK' takes you to *, where you can order BC frames [custom frames not back up though].
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    Tennis Club League Brings in Ultimate Ringers - LOL!

    I think NoSkillzAndy was referring to this:
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    Regarding printed stiffness specs.

    The TW value is for a strung frame while the Babolat flex is almost certainly for an unstrung frame. I would guess that the other values are for strung frames as well. According to what I've read on these forums, stringing a frame typically reduces the flex by about 3 to 4 RA. I have an old...
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    Is the M-Fil 200 18x20 a unique mold?

    I think that the M-Fil 200 18x20 uses the same mold as the HotMelt 200G, they certainly both have a throat bridge that is the same thickness as the outer hoop. The Aerogel 200 18x20 has a much thinner throat bridge, which I think is the same as the Revelation 200G 95 and the MusceWeave 200G 95...
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    Sponsor Patches on Player Sleeves

    I think that was the 'Sony Ericsson WTA Tour' patch/sticker that all the WTA players have to wear unless they have a contract with a clothing supplier that forbids other logos (a 'clean' contract). It amazes me how many WTA players go onto court without it, need to be reminded by an official and...
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    Luxilon Stencil??

    I'm sure Wilson doesn't own Luxilon but they do have exclusive distribution rights for Luxilon's racquet strings.
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    Dunlop Limited French Open Bag

    Replace the stars with 'tennis' and 'head' - note that this site has nothing to do with the Wise 2086!