We Ask The Pro’s: Strung Out

In our first “ask the pro’s” blog post, we collected the thoughts of some top pro’s on the subject of string. The results have show some fascinating finds and interesting reading to say the least. Thanks goes to all the pro’s below who took the time to share their insights! Here’s what they said…

Marwan El Shorbagy – 2 time World Junior Champion, Current World No. 28

  1. What strings are you currently using? Tecnifibre black string 1.2
  2. How often do you break strings? I break them once a week
  3. Who strings your rackets? I prefer to string my racket here in Egypt with the coach at my club but if not I string them during tournaments
  4. What tension do you have your rackets strung at? 27pounds
  5. Does this tension ever change? i.e. for a tournament or training? No I prefer to keep it the way it is, otherwise I will struggle to go for shots so all my racket have to be the same tension
  6. Whats the most popular string on the tour you have seen? Tecnifibre
  7. Do you match the way the racket is strung to your style of play? Sometimes I change the tension if I change my racket, if if i use a light racket i will make my strings very tight, if i use a heavier racket then my strings will be a bit loser
  8. Do you stick with one stringer or use different stringers when on tour? No will have to use a different one
  9. Do you prefer using a racket with fresh strings or slightly worn in? Fresh strings.. but I must try them once before at least i use them during a match.

Saurav Ghosal – Indian No.1, Current World No.20

  1. What strings are you currently using? Tecnifibre X-One Biophase 1.18
    2. How often do you break strings? Every 2 days!
    3. Who strings your rackets? Sam Wileman in England and a few shops in India.
    4. What tension do you have your rackets strung at? 26-30 lbs depending on the stringing machine.
    5. Does this tension ever change? i.e. for a tournament or training…? Nope. Tension always stays the same.
    6. What’s the most popular string on the circuit you’ve seen? Probably the Tecnifibre Green string.
    7. Do you match the way the racket is strung to your style of play? Yes of course. It’s very important that your racket is strung to best leverage your style of play.
    8. Do you stick with one stringer or use different stringers when on tour? Try my best to stick with one stringer.
    9. Do you prefer using a racket with fresh strings or slightly worn in? Considering I break them every 2 days, fresh strings are probably better!

Paul Rawden – Current World No.209

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  1. What strings are you currently using? Tecnifibre Biphase 1.18
  2. How often do you break strings? Once every 3 weeks
  3. Who strings your rackets? I do
  4. What tension do you have your rackets strung at? 31lbs
  5. Does this tension ever change? i.e. for a tournament or training? Training at 28lbs. Harder to control then when in match easier to hit shots
  6. What’s the most popular string on the circuit you’ve seen? Green Tecnifibre
  7. Do you match the way the racket is strung to your style of play? Yes, any loser and I couldn’t hit the flippin’ ball straight
  8. Do you stick with one stringer or use different stringers when on tour? I occasionally have to but prefer not to.
  9. Do you prefer using a racket with fresh strings or slightly worn in? I prefer to wear it in before a serious match or tournament.

Ramy Ashour – Current World No.1

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  1.  What strings are you currently using? I use any string which i feel comfortable using ,i am flexible with that,as i keep on switching between strings…
    2. How often do you break strings? Breaking strings cant have a certain time! I think my ratio is as normal as any other player. I have new strings every 2/3 weeks maybe.
    3. Who strings your rackets? A guy called mahroos…
    4. What tension do you string your rackets at? 11.3 kg tension
    5. Do you match the way the racket is strung to your style of play? No its always the same
    6. What’s the most popular string on the circuit you’ve seen? They r all good respectful brands which i believe have works with every player differently
    7. Do you match the way the racket is strung to your style of play? The way its strung has to fit the way i hit the shot and the way i feel the string impact in my wrist.
    8. Do you stick with one stringer or use different stringers when on tour? Life on tour and the nature if our game teaches u to adapt with every thing.
    9. Do you prefer using a racket with fresh strings or slightly worn in? Doesn’t matter really for me, it feels almost the same, but u have to know that when it’s freshly strung the ball is more reactive as it touches the strings and its slower when its been worn out or used a lot.

Lauran Massaro – Current World No.2

Laura Massaro - WSA No.2 Ranked Player

  1.  What strings are you currently using? RAB Sensor Fibre. Green down, yellow across.
  2. How often do you break your strings? 1 a month
  3. Who strings your rackets? Me!
  4. What tension do you have your rackets strung at? 29lbs
  5. Does this tension ever change? i.e. for a tournament or training…  No it always stays the same.
  6. Whats the most popular string on the circuit you’ve seen? Not sure…but RAB are the best!
  7. Do you match the way the racket is strung to your style of play?  
  8. Do you stick with one stringer or use different stringers when on tour? I always string all my rackets before I go.
  9. Do you prefer using a racket with fresh strings or slightly worn in? Slight worn in.

Sarah-Jane Perry

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  1. What strings are you currently using?  Soon to be RAB Sensor Fibre
  2. How often do you break your strings? Twice a week
  3. Who strings your rackets? Me
  4. What tension do you have your rackets strung at? 30lbs
  5. Does this tension ever change? No it stays the same.
  6. Whats the most popular string on the circuit you’ve seen? Tecnifibre
  7. Do you match the way the racket is strung to your style of play? Yes, the tension is just how I like it.
  8. Do you stick with one stringer or use different stringers when on tour? I try and do my own unless its an emergency.
  9. Do you prefer using a racket with fresh strings or slightly worn in? Freshly strung

Tory Temple-Murray

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  1. What strings are you currently using? RAB Sensor Fibre
  2. How often do you break your strings? Every 6-8 weeks
  3. Who strings your rackets? My coach
  4. What tension do you have your rackets strung at? 27lbs
  5. Does this tension ever change? No
  6. Whats the most popular string on the circuit you’ve seen? Tecnifibre
  7. Do you match the way the racket is strung to your style of play? Yeah the is just how I like it.
  8. Do you stick with one stringer or use different stringers when on tour? Just my coach
  9. Do you prefer using a racket with fresh strings or slightly worn in? Worn in
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