Stringing at Tournaments

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by routine125, Oct 1, 2004.

  1. routine125

    routine125 New User

    Sep 15, 2004

    I've always wondered at ATP tournaments do the players have to pay to get their racquets strung? If so how much?

    EX: I know Andy Roddick endorses Babolat for the racquet and string, so I'm assuming he gets the racquet and string for FREE. But at the tournaments he plays in, does he have to pay the tournament organizers or stringers to string his racquets? Or is this part of the whole tournament? As I know most pros string 5 to 7 racquets every day.

    Also that guy (Nate?) who strung Pete's racquets, how much did that guy get paid to string?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. gregraven

    gregraven Semi-Pro

    Apr 22, 2004
    I'm certain that stringing fees vary, but at the Pacific Life Open, the labor charge for stringing was $25 per frame. String, grips, overgrips, etc., were extra. Roddick pays a stringer to do just his racquets, so he's probably paying $60,000 per year to that guy. A smart personal stringer who was good at negotiating would not only have his salary and per diem, but also he would get a percentage of the purse. With a top player, this could run into some real dough.
  3. BigboyDan

    BigboyDan Semi-Pro

    May 10, 2004

    BWHAHAHA!!!! Never will happen. A stringer is a stringer.
  4. Smashlob

    Smashlob Rookie

    Mar 30, 2004
    A stringer is not a stringer, the most important thing for some professional tennis player is consitancy, to know that every time they go onto the court, the racquet was strung *exactly* the same way.

    Could I string Andy Roddick's racquet? sure. But it would be slightly off from what he's used to. For some players it is worth whatever the cost is, in order to ensure consistancy.
  5. Cruzer

    Cruzer Professional

    Feb 26, 2004
    Leafs Nation
    Having read dozens of posts over the years from posters speculating about the specs of the pro's racquets and string type and tension they use it raises the question "Are the pros really that discerning about the strings in their racquets?" I think the precision to which the pros demand their racquets be strung at is wildly overblown. They would use weedeater line if the company paid them enough to use it. From what I have read in publications like RSI magazine and its predecessor the stringing at tournaments is basically a bunch of stringers churning out a huge number of racquets during very long work days. Does every racquet that comes out of a tournament stringing facility have a flawless string job? Is someone going to say the guy who strings for 14 hours in a day does just as good a job on the last racquet he does as he did on the first one of the day? No way. Do the pros demand that they don't want their racquets strung by someone at the end of the 14 hour shift? When was they last time you heard a pro say "I was stroking the ball well today, was moving good but the string tension was off a couple of pounds in my racquets and so I just couldn't make those key shots when I needed to?"

    Guys like Roddick who have a personal stringer may have more money than brains or perhaps he just doesn't want his racquets churned out in the mass production tournament stringing facility. Does Federer have a persona stringer? Hell, he doesn't even have a coach.
  6. Michael Ludwig

    Michael Ludwig Rookie

    Feb 18, 2004
    Cruzer, you couldn't be more wrong. While there are some "professional" players on tour that are not very perceptive in regards to their string jobs, you'll notice they are not highly ranked. Even at the college level, I deal with players that are extremely sensitive to any changes made to their racquets. You think players would use just any old string if a company paid them? I guess that's why you'll find a fair number of top players who actually have to BUY their own string. Though there are a few instances I can think of where this thought of yours holds true, it is VERY uncommon. And for the record, a true professional stringer's first stringjob at 6am is as good as their 11pm strinb job, or even at 2am the next day.

    Also, Federer had Frank Messerer travel with him as his racquet technican for some time. Mr. Ron Yu of P1 may now be doing Fed's racquets at Slams and Master's Series events, but I am not sure.
  7. Smashlob

    Smashlob Rookie

    Mar 30, 2004
    I know for a fact that most pros use luxilon, but few of the top players are sponsored by them, and thus, have to buy their own strings.
  8. jimbolite

    jimbolite Guest

    I can confirm that Priority One does all the stringing for Roger Federer at the Slams and Masters Series events as of the Hamburg Masters Series event this year. They also take care of Henman, Hewitt, Fish, and Philippoussis at those events. Not to mention the 20 or so others clients that they do the racket customization work for.

    I usually keep in touch with Ron Yu on a regular basis, and he tells me that the key to having a personal stringer is not necessarily that the stringing is "better",its just that a player likes to have consistency from tournament to tournament. I guess its sort of like having the same person cut your hair. You can always find someone to cut your hair, but once you find a good stylist, you want to stick with them.

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