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Report on Wimbledon 2019

 

In Apollo’s eleventh year of running the official on site racket stringing service at Wimbledon racket numbers were up yet again and with uninterrupted play throughout the Qualifying tournament and the Championship our experienced team was as busy as ever.

This year we strung for the Wild Card Play Off Event at Aorangi, so had an ‘on-site’ presence from Thursday 20th June and with practice for the Qualifying competition starting a day earlier our team was up and running at the Bank of England Ground, Roehampton from Friday 21st June. 

A major change was made to the service this year and Apollo worked with the All England Club towards not using plastic bags to store frames as part of the Club’s sustainability programme. As a result we had to have more storage at both Roehampton and Aorangi to allow for our newly designed storage system. This change was considered to be a great success by both the Club and Apollo.

At Roehampton we had 9 stringers, 3 front desk staff and 2 runners. We were, as ever, extremely busy on the Sunday and Monday as players prepared for their first round matches. The main site at Wimbledon was also busy from the Monday with players arriving early to practice on the grass.  The fine weather was a contributing factor to the increase in 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 16 stringers, 4 front desk staff and 3 runners in readiness for the onslaught. Our team being assembled from the UK and all over Europe. This year we were again working in partnership with Babolat who supplied us with 16 Racket Stations that had previously been in use at Roland Garros. As in previous years Sunday and Monday were the busiest days seeing over 1000 rackets dropped off over the 2 days. With the weather slightly cooler there were fewer changes in tension than the previous year. The number of ‘on courts’ again increased this year with over 115 rackets taken to court by our energetic runners.

Our team of 44 worked tirelessly over long hours to get the workload completed accurately and on time. At the end of the Championships we had strung 4902 rackets, a 9% increase on 2018, for 713 players and used approximately 36.5 miles of string.

Our service is still considered to be the best at any of the Grand Slams.

 

 

Team photo taken outside Aorangi Pavilion, Wimbledon.

 

 

In total we strung for 713 competitors and out of those 230 were using hybrids.

 

Lowest string tension – Adrian Mannarino 14kg in Luxilon Alu Power

Highest string tension – Barbora Strycova 35kg in Luxilon Original

 

 

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

25kg

56

Kei Nishikori

Wilson Ultra 97

Wilson Natural / Luxilon Element

45/42lbs

56

Marcos Baghdatis

Pacific X-Force Pro

Luxilon Alu Power / Babolat VS Touch

21/22kg

45

Venus Williams

Wilson Blade

Wilson Natural / Luxilon Alu Power

52/50lbs

39

Barbora Strycova

Wilson Blade

Luxilon Original

35/35kg

36

Kevin Anderson

Dunlop Srixon CX2.0 Tour

Babolat VS Team / Luxilon Alu Power

49lbs

33

Polona Hercog

Wilson Blade

Luxilon Alu Power

29/28kg

31

Sam Querrey

Babolat Pure Aero

Solinco Hyper G

47lbs

30

Jiri Vesely

Wilson Blade

Luxilon Alu Power Rough

24.5/23.5kg

30

Cori Gauff

Head Speed

Luxilon Alu Power

54lbs

28

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