Monthly Archives: February 2012

Don`t forget About the Stringing Team and Their Stringing Machines!

We all watched the Australian Open with intense focus. Cheering for our favorite pros, watching matches in with excitement, fear and anxiety.

We saw Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal make history with the longest Grand Slam final ever. But what about behind the scenes? Do you ever wonder who is restringing the racquets for these pros? What kind of stringing machines are they using?

We often don`t think about the stringers at a tennis tournament, just as we don’t typically think about the lighting crew on a movie set, but they are just as important to the process as the stars.

The official stringing crew of the Australian Open, US Open, Sony Ericsson Open and some other smaller tournaments is the Wilson/Luxilon Stringing Team. This stringing team uses only the best racquet stringers and stringing machines to make sure that the pros have the highest quality strung racquets.

Ron Rocchi, member of the Wilson/Luxilon Stringing Team understands how important is it to have a perfectly strung tennis racquet, “Top-level, world-class tournament stringing means that when a player picks up his racquets, they are exactly the way he wants them.”

A lot of work goes into to setting up for huge tournaments like the Australian Open.  About three months of planning goes into the preparing for such a grand slam. They shipped all necessary equipment like stringing machines in early December; note that the Australian Open didn`t take place until January 17th!

When the team got to Australia, around January 2nd, they began making their “stringing hut” a home.  They stock the hut with everything they need; air conditioning (with temperature control), computers, lighting and more… most importantly, however, they need top quality stringing machines!

Next time you watch a tournament, think about the most important aspects of the game… of course the players, but they need tennis racquets, which need to be maintained.

Behind the courts, the stringing team is hard at work, cutting approximately 25 miles of string during one event, putting their stringing machines to good use and keeping players at the top of their game!

Three Stripes and You’re In With Adidas Tennis Shoes

It was 1948 when Adi Dassler introduced the official name; Adidas. It was then that he also came up with the distinctive Adidas trademark; the three stripes, that can be seen on all Adidas tennis shoes and other sportswear.

Throughout the years while the Adidas brand continued to grow, Adidas tennis shoes were spotted at tons of national sporting events like the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki where Emil Zatopek won three gold medals wearing Adidas tennis shoes.

In 1954, the German football team won the World Cup wearing Adi`s football boots with innovative screw-in studs, the boot that was later called the “World Champion.”

Wilma Rudolph had Polio as a child and was never expected to walk again. It was in 1960, at the Olympic Games in Rome where, Rudolph, also known as the “Black Gazelle,” won three medals wearing the legendary Adidas tennis shoes. To mark this special event, the “Italia” shoe was born and is still popular today.

In 1964, at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Adidas tennis shoes were being worn by 80% of the competitors. Dassler also designed a new running shoe for Adebe Bikila which pushed his weight forward in order to repair his running style.

The official Adidas tennis shoes have been around since 1948, but even before that, Adi Dassler was creating tennis shoes.  Since 1920, Dassler followed three guiding principles: To produce the best shoe to serve the needs of the sport, to protect the athlete from injury and to make the shoe durable. Although Adi Dassler has passed away, Adidas still follows these principles in an effort to maintain their reputation and dedication to creating great shoes.

Adi Dassler had a modest aspiration; to design good shoes, and that he did. He wasn’t driven by money, only a love for sports which is evident when wearing Adidas tennis shoes.