Sore fingers

Herb

Semi-Pro
Stringing an ITF tournament this week. I was told to set up on Saturday, but decided to take my stuff Friday morning and drop off before work. As soon as I started unloading I started getting racquets. Called work and took a sick day. Started stringing at around 7am did my last racquet at 2:31am. Did 61 racquets. Have had 30 plus racquet days, did 22 Saturday and 29 today, but holy crap 61 was tough. Left index finger tip is completely numb, have blisters from pulling string.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
Sounds positively awful. Was it worth it?

For the fingers, although I find it can result in some loss of feeling / dexterity. YMMV:



Or, there’s always the bottle...

Edit: Ahem...this one is for drinking, not the fingers (unless you seek more pain).

 
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struggle

Legend
A friend of mine who is a bluegrass flatpicker (guitar) soaks his fingertips in alcohol on occasion.

Not sure what it does, but he seems to think it helps.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
A friend of mine who is a bluegrass flatpicker (guitar) soaks his fingertips in alcohol on occasion.

Not sure what it does, but he seems to think it helps.
Well then, maybe I stand corrected. But I don’t know that i’d soak my fingers in Tito’s, if cheap Isopropyl would suffice.
 

Imago

Hall of Fame
Stringing an ITF tournament this week. I was told to set up on Saturday, but decided to take my stuff Friday morning and drop off before work. As soon as I started unloading I started getting racquets. Called work and took a sick day. Started stringing at around 7am did my last racquet at 2:31am. Did 61 racquets. Have had 30 plus racquet days, did 22 Saturday and 29 today, but holy crap 61 was tough. Left index finger tip is completely numb, have blisters from pulling string.
You can safely retire after the tournament.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Stringing an ITF tournament this week. I was told to set up on Saturday, but decided to take my stuff Friday morning and drop off before work. As soon as I started unloading I started getting racquets. Called work and took a sick day. Started stringing at around 7am did my last racquet at 2:31am. Did 61 racquets. Have had 30 plus racquet days, did 22 Saturday and 29 today, but holy crap 61 was tough. Left index finger tip is completely numb, have blisters from pulling string.
I hope you boss isn’t on this forum
 

SavvyStringer

Professional
Stringing an ITF tournament this week. I was told to set up on Saturday, but decided to take my stuff Friday morning and drop off before work. As soon as I started unloading I started getting racquets. Called work and took a sick day. Started stringing at around 7am did my last racquet at 2:31am. Did 61 racquets. Have had 30 plus racquet days, did 22 Saturday and 29 today, but holy crap 61 was tough. Left index finger tip is completely numb, have blisters from pulling string.
Am I reading that correctly? 61 in a day?
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
@Herb, a tip of the hat in your direction. The most I've done in a day was in the low twenties and I was beat. Hands were OK, just not used to standing all day. Kudos to you, sir!
 

Dags

Hall of Fame
Am I reading that correctly? 61 in a day?
That's how I read it. And frankly, I can't even fathom what that must be like.

A friend of mine who is a bluegrass flatpicker (guitar) soaks his fingertips in alcohol on occasion.

Not sure what it does, but he seems to think it helps.
One of the coaches at my club used to accompany the juniors when they went to play in ITF events. He would treat any blister (hand or foot) by pouring vodka on it. Said it hardens the skin so they can play the next day but 'it might sting a bit'. When I asked why he used vodka rather than anything else, he simply said that he could find vodka in every city in Europe at any time of day or night. And let's be honest, it's not often you can legitimately put a bottle of vodka on your expenses.
 

Big Bagel

Professional
Yes, tournaments can definitely take a toll on your body. After my first tournament, I did about 100 racquets total, max in one day was about 30, and I felt like I had advanced arthritis in my hands. I also started using my middle fingers to weave to give my index fingers a break. Now I've realized my normal stringing is one middle finger and one index finger... not quite sure how I made that the norm, it just happened.

Bring some athletic tape and blister band-aids next time. Cut the band-aid to the proper size, then wrap a little athletic tape over to keep it in place and protect it while you string. It doesn't make the stringing any easier, but it can reduce the pain. I actually had a lot of pain in my ankle from standing all day as well; it was brutal, but still a great experience.
 

Herb

Semi-Pro
61 on Friday, 22 Saturday, 29 Sunday, did 34 today. Friday through Sunday had my kid cutting strings out and doing check in. Other than the arthritis in my knees starting to act up holding up pretty well. Smooth sailing from here on out. Main draw singles starts tomorrow. Had a few main draw doubles today and finished qualies.
 

LoboR1

Rookie
61 on Friday, 22 Saturday, 29 Sunday, did 34 today. Friday through Sunday had my kid cutting strings out and doing check in. Other than the arthritis in my knees starting to act up holding up pretty well. Smooth sailing from here on out. Main draw singles starts tomorrow. Had a few main draw doubles today and finished qualies.
My hands and fingers are crying just reading this.
 

Herb

Semi-Pro
Late night tonight, had a match end at around 10:20. Slow day other than that. 21 racquets total for the day, 3 on court, 3 for the university, 1 local customer, the rest brought in after matches, or early prior to matches. Fingers held up well today, but knees are in bad shape. Right knee about the size of a cantaloupe. Dont get old kids. I have done several NCAA and ITF tournaments in the past, but knees have deteriorated considerably in the past year.
 

Herb

Semi-Pro
Keep thinking volume will slow down, but did 24 today. I have a thick mat I stand on, it's the arthritis in my knees that causes problems. Today wasn't so bad. Knees feel ok, feet are ok.
 

Herb

Semi-Pro
Thursday had 14, Friday 7, Saturday 2. 204 including local and university for the week. We have been told that our format will change next year, and we will cap out at 24 qualifying. That will knock a chunk out of next years total. During singles final both players gave me racquets. One an hour out the other about 18 minutes out. Had a great time. Made some donations. Even had a couple players thank the stringer during their speech after doubles and singles finals.
 
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