Once the racquet is there, the whole process can start. “The first day, we received 150 racquets so one needs a big rigor of work through each stage. You can’t for example put the wrong logo on the strings by writing Tecnifibre on another brand!” When Chrzanovski gets a racquet, he asked for the tension even if he knows the player’s habits. “Truth of today isn’t truth of tomorrow. Yesterday we went for 24kg but maybe today it’s hotter out there by ten degrees so the player is going to want 25kg and so he needs to tell us.” And the official stringer needs to know everything on everything! “You need to know all the produtcs because all the players and so all the brands are coming to us.” There’s a mandatory trust between stringers and players. “We understand that we’re also doing something very important for the players, for the good run of the tournament.
Players and Stringers : a relationship based on confidence
Not to forget that the racquet they took care of in the morning before the match can come back after only a few games played! “During the matches yes we’re being given some racquets back because a string has broken or the player needs another tension or because some players are testing racquets. We’re receiving a message from the supervisor, then the ball kid comes with the racquet and we then have to be quick in order to get the racquet back to the player at the next changeover at best. All of this needs to be done in less than 15 minutes: getting the strings off, registering the racquet in the computer, cleaning it a little bit, stringing it, putting the logo, putting the racquet in the plastic bag and then sending it back.”
This racquet that comes to the stringer is also sometimes saved by this professional who doesn’t shy away from giving advices. “In Monte-Carlo, the humidity is huge and we still have players using natural gut which absorbs it a lot and it can make the strings break very early. So it’s better to string hose racquets in the morning than the day before. Pierre-Hugues Herbert uses natural gut but also likes to string his racquets the day before, so I just told him. And he kept breaking strings through tournaments so we also told him he should change. We gave him another set of strings, he tried it and he threw away his former one!”