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Report on Wimbledon 2017

 

Apollo Leisure was again honoured to be organising the official stringing service at the All England Club, Wimbledon for the 9th year. In partnership with Babolat we used 8 Babolat Sensor machines and 6 of the new Babolat Perf (Racket Station) stringing machines. For customising player’s rackets we used the Prince Precision Tuning Centre and for checking the dynamic tensions the ERT Tennis Computer.

 

A dedicated team of 18 professional stringers from the UK and across Europe were used during the 3 weeks as well as 7 admin staff and 4 runners. The first week always proves to be a challenge operating from both sites and due to the wet weather finished a day late. At Roehampton we employed 8 stringers in the new portacabin and the busiest day was Sunday 25th June when we took in 236 rackets.

 

Moving on to the main fortnight at Wimbledon there were 14 machines that were used on the busiest days. Records were broken yet again and on Monday 3rd July we took in 442 rackets. During Wimbledon there were over 45 rackets sent back from court which kept the runners busy, this was mainly due to the unusually hot days at SW19. By the end of the event we had strung 4008 rackets which was 2.59% up on 2016.

 

 

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

From left to right: Rob Maessen, Vaclav Smat, Tomas Stilwell, Cameron Monteith, Tom Holden-Dye, Timo Van-Driel, Richard Parnell, Misel Milovanovic, Gorka Alday, Sarah Bragg, Andy Phillips, Xavi Segura, Karen Goodman, Paul Skipp, David Munt, Marco Rossani, Ellie Pocock, Pertr Krejci, Hannah Snidal, Petros Biris

 

In total we strung for 677 competitors and out of those 246 were using hybrids.

 

Lowest string tension – Daniel Nestor 21/19lbs in Wilson Natural / Luxilon Timo

Highest string tension – Dustin Brown 35/35kg in Solinco Tour Bite

 

 

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

 

 

PLAYER

RACKET

STRING

M’s/X’s

TENSION

M’s/X’s

STRUNG

Sam Querrey

Babolat Pure Aero

Solinco Hyper G

47/47lbs

56

Venus Williams

Wilson Blade

Wilson Natural / Luxilon 4G

66/64lbs

52

Alexander Zverev

Head Speed

Head Hawk Touch / Babolat VS Touch

24.5/25.5kg

46

Rafael Nadal

Babolat Pure Aero

Babolat RPM Blast

25/25kg

42

Kei Nishikori

Wilson Burn

Wilson Natural / Luxilon 4G

39/37lbs

40

Gilles Muller

Wilson Ultra

Luxilon 4G / Wilson Natural

20/20kg

30

Martina Hingis

Yonex Ezone DR100

Yonex Poly Tour Fire / Poly Tour Pro

25/24kg

28

Polona Hercog

Wilson Blade

Luxilon Original

25/24kg

27

Victoria Azarenka

Yonex

Luxilon Alu Power

62/61lbs

27

Coco Vandeweghe

Yonex Ezone DR98

Luxilon Alu Power

58/58lbs

27

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Ashaway Babolat
Band It Carlton
Dunlop Dyna-Band
Edwards Enertor
ERT 300 Gamma
Halo Harrow
Head Hit-buddy
Hoag Horizon
Ironman Karakal
Kneed It Kollectaball
Liquid Grip Lobster
Luxilon Mantis
Prince Pro Kennex
Slazenger Solinco
Sony Speed Trac
Sports Tutor Tecnifibre
Tenex Titan
Tourna Woumar
Yehlex Yonex