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Report on Wimbledon 2018

 

2018 was the tenth year that Apollo Leisure has run the official on site racket stringing service at the Championships. And it was a year in which record numbers of rackets were strung. In fact since we started the service in 2009 restring numbers have almost doubled.

 

The Qualifying competition started at the Bank of England Ground, Roehampton on Saturday 23rd June and we had 8 stringers, 3 front desk staff and 2 runners. We were very busy on the Sunday and Monday as players prepared for their first matches and we saw a 40% increase in rackets on 2017. The main site at Wimbledon was also busy from the Monday with players arriving earlier to practice on the grass.  This year we were again working in partnership with Babolat and they kindly supplied us with 14 Racket Stations that had previously been used at Roland Garros. We also had the services of their head machine technician, Eric Ferrazzi, for the first 5 days of the Championship to ensure the machines operated smoothly. The fine weather certainly helped to increase the numbers and ensured the Qualifying Tournament was completed on time.

 

And so to the Championships. We had by the Sunday built the team up to 15 stringers, 4 front desk staff and 3 runners in readiness for the onslaught. Our team being assembled from the UK and all over Europe. As in previous years Sunday and Monday were our heaviest days with a 5% increase in rackets dropped off over the 2 days. With the hot weather we saw quite a lot of changes in tension, mostly going higher for control. The number of ‘on courts’ also increased this year with over 100 rackets taken to court by our enthusiastic runners.

 

As ever the team worked exceptionally hard over long hours to get the workload completed accurately and on time. We are proud to have built our team into the best Grand Slam stringing service in the world using the top stringers in the UK and Europe and having the smoothest front desk operation. At the end of the Championships we had strung 4503 rackets, a 12% increase, and used approximately 33.5 miles of string.

 

 

Team photo taken in the reception of the Stringing Room at Aorangi, Wimbledon.

 

 

In total we strung for 680 competitors and out of those 237 were using hybrids.

 

Lowest string tension – Daniel Nestor 14/12kg in Wilson Natural / Luxilon Timo

Highest string tension – Dustin Brown 36/36kg in Luxilon Original Rough

 

 

See below a log of selected players frames, strings and tensions:

 

 

PLAYER

RACKET

STRING

M’s/X’s

TENSION

M’s/X’s

STRUNG

Rafael Nadal

Babolat Pure Aero

Babolat RPM Blast

25/25kg

67

Kevin Anderson

Dunlop Srixon Revo CX2.0

Babolat VS Team / Luxilon Alu Power

47/47lbs

57

Kei Nishikori

Wilson Burn

Wilson Natural / Luxilon Element

38/36lbs

49

Juan Martin Del Potro

Wilson Burn FST

Luxilon Alu Power / Wilson Natural

55/55lbs

42

Sam Querrey

Babolat Pure Aero

Solinco Hyper-G

47/47lbs

39

Ernests Gulbis

Wilson Burn

Luxilon Alu Power

30/29kg

38

Victoria Azarenka

Wilson Blade

Luxilon Alu Power

62/61lbs

38

Julia Goerges

Babolat Pure  Drive

Babolat RPM Blast / Babolat VS Team

26/25kg

37

Mike Bryan

Babolat Pure Drive

Babolat VS Touch / Solinco Hyper-G

45/42lbs

36

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Wilson Blade

Luxilon 4G

25.50/24.50kg

36

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