Bradenton area stringing services

am1899

Hall of Fame
I have a friend whom I have been stringing for for many years, who recently moved down to the Bradenton area. I’m hoping to connect him with a solid independent stringer or a pro shop in the area.

I assume IMG has a shop, but is it open to the public?

Are there any other reputable shops or independent stringers in the area? Feel free to PM me if you’d rather not “out” yourself here.

Thanks!
 

kabrac

Semi-Pro
Speaking of IMG, I applied to be a stringer for them in the pro shop a few yrs ago...

Anyway, the lady that was the head of the shop said, and I quote, " yeah I received your application and I've had it on my desk since August but haven't felt like getting around to it." Then she kinda let out a laugh.

Long of the short, I said , "no thanks!"

I would never work for someone like that.

A person that has the attitude of that women does not belong in a performance based sports industry. But the world is ass backwards in terms of how it functions. Pretty strange we've all lasted this long.
 

kkm

Professional
Speaking of IMG, I applied to be a stringer for them in the pro shop a few yrs ago...

Anyway, the lady that was the head of the shop said, and I quote, " yeah I received your application and I've had it on my desk since August but haven't felt like getting around to it." Then she kinda let out a laugh.

Long of the short, I said , "no thanks!"

I would never work for someone like that.

A person that has the attitude of that women does not belong in a performance based sports industry. But the world is ass backwards in terms of how it functions. Pretty strange we've all lasted this long.
Many HR/hiring manager types all over the world seem to be like the person you described.:mad:They do a bachelor in psychology, join the SHRM, refer to themselves as "human resource business partner," "chief people officer," and other nonsensical titles, act like they think they're Sigmund Freud, and ask the same useless questions over and over that they probably get out of a "96 interview questions" type book. A guy I know said it best - that HR personnel are low-level functionaries who used to be the people you had to see if you were in trouble at work, but have been acting powerful and important, like gatekeepers between jobseekers and jobs, for at least a decade.

IMG used to have Prince on site. The guy who seems to be the one in charge of stringing at IMG now is a guy I really don't like based on my experience with him.
 

Slowtwitcher

Professional
Speaking of IMG, I applied to be a stringer for them in the pro shop a few yrs ago...

Anyway, the lady that was the head of the shop said, and I quote, " yeah I received your application and I've had it on my desk since August but haven't felt like getting around to it." Then she kinda let out a laugh.

Long of the short, I said , "no thanks!"

I would never work for someone like that.

A person that has the attitude of that women does not belong in a performance based sports industry. But the world is ass backwards in terms of how it functions. Pretty strange we've all lasted this long.
She was just being nice to you. In HR-speak that only means that you were not a suitable candidate, but she didn't want you to feel bad about yourself. Looks like she achieved her goal of you never bothering her about the position ever again.
 

kabrac

Semi-Pro
She was just being nice to you. In HR-speak that only means that you were not a suitable candidate, but she didn't want you to feel bad about yourself. Looks like she achieved her goal of you never bothering her about the position ever again.
She wasn't HR. She was the manager of the pro shop. Glad to know she's been replaced.
 

kabrac

Semi-Pro
There seem to be plenty of pro shop managers who are in way over their heads and don’t have any business managing pro shops.:confused:
Or any real knowledge of what they're selling either. Also most think their customers are idiots.

I worked for one at a club one time. The new Babolat Aeros had come in and he said, " Hey, did you know Nadal switched to a 4 1/4 grip?"......"I didn't know that".....

I could have made him look stupid but chose to just look at him and play along and said ,"huh...?"

What was really going through my mind was how in the hell was this guy the head pro and owner of the shop at the club?...

He's just good at talking and bs ING with people. Only logical reason.
 

struggle

Legend
Head Pro at our club made round of 16 at RG many years ago.

He doesn't care to know about gear and certainly wouldn't know Ralph's actual grip size.

That's for the lesser folks to nerd out on, it seems (often). You'll find very few Pro Shop folks that REALLY
test and know all of the gear they sell, IMO. If you have a great local shop these days, you are lucky.
 

loosegroove

Hall of Fame
Head Pro at our club made round of 16 at RG many years ago.

He doesn't care to know about gear and certainly wouldn't know Ralph's actual grip size.

That's for the lesser folks to nerd out on, it seems (often). You'll find very few Pro Shop folks that REALLY
test and know all of the gear they sell, IMO. If you have a great local shop these days, you are lucky.
Pretty much. I couldn't care less if my pro shop knew what grip Nadal used. Would be nice if they had some working knowledge of the gear they sell though.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
Our head pro was on the tour and top 50 in doubles. All he knew was Snauwaert and he restrung his rackets before every match. Back then (early 90's) they played gut so there wasn't that much to know.
 
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