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!
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!