Citi Open: The Heroes of the tennis strings

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On the occasion of the Citi Open, of which Tecnifibre is official stringer, discover the course and the personality of the main stringers of the Tecnifibre Team!

Discover our Tecnifibre professional Stringer Team during the Citi Open!

STEPHANE CHRZANOVSKI

- FULL NAME: Stephane Chrzanovski

- WHERE ARE YOUR FROM: France

- WHEN DID YOU START STRINGING: 15 years ago

- MAIN TOURNAMENTS: Roland Garros (14 years), Paris Bercy, Monte Carlo (8 years), London Atp finals, Washington, Moscow, Rotterdam, Marseille, Montpellier, Gstaad, Las Vegas...

- HOW DID YOU END UP STRINGING ON THE TOUR: Passion for tennis and stringing. As I loved being on tournaments, I started stringing for small events (nationals & futures) and got opportunities to string for bigger tournaments.

- BEST MEMORY: In Gstaad with Roger Federer. At that time, he was playing with a new prototype and required to be strung in a separate room to keep it secret. He stayed around the machine, discussing with me while I was stringing his racquet. It’s quite unique.

- WORST MEMORY: Same tournament. He lost 2nd round!

- HOW FAST CAN YOU STRING A RACQUET: I did my best during a challenge for Tecnifibre at the London ATP finals: 8mns54s.

Stephane Chrzanowski stringer

CRAIG BROTMAN

- FULL NAME: Craig Brotman

- WHERE ARE YOUR FROM: Silver Spring, MD

- WHEN DID YOU START STRINGING: Started stringing 1979

- MAIN TOURNAMENTS: Legg Mason, US Mens Clay Courts, US OPEN, CANADIAN Open, Sony Open, Indianapolis Hard Courts, Master Cup in Houston, Dozens of Challengers

- HOW DID YOU END UP STRINGING ON THE TOUR: I knew players that went on to be professionals from my days as a student a Nick Bollettieri’s Tennis Academy

- BEST MEMORY: Best memory was when Roger Federer beat Andre Agassi in the Finals of the Masters Cup and invited me and my wife at the time to celebrate with him and his team.

- WORST MEMORY: Worst memory was stringing out of a hotel at the US OPEN and we had lots of rain and players we were working with told us to not string there frames because matches were going to be called for the day and a few hours later it cleared up and everything was a go and we didn’t have frames for the players to use so we had to run frames out to the site as we strung them.

- HOW FAST CAN YOU STRING A RACQUET: I’ve probably strung a frame in about 8-9 minutes back before polyester string

Craig

BENJAMIN E. SCHWARTZ

- FULL NAME: Benjamin E. Schwartz

- WHERE ARE YOUR FROM: Greensboro, North Carolina

- WHEN DID YOU START STRINGING: Started stringing when I was 12

- MAIN TOURNAMENTS: I worked for ACC’s and NCAA’s

- HOW DID YOU END UP STRINGING ON THE TOUR: My boss had a Tecnifibre connect which allowed me to string on the tour

- BEST MEMORY: stringing for top players in country during NCAA tournament and buying my first car with money earned from stringing

- WORST MEMORY: dealing with bad stringers at other jobs I’ve had

- HOW FAST CAN YOU STRING A RACQUET: My record stringing a racquet was 8 minutes

Benjamin Schartz stringer

JAY LEWANDOWSKI

- FULL NAME: Jay Lewandowski

- WHERE ARE YOUR FROM: Gurham, NC

- WHEN DID YOU START STRINGING: Started stringing in 1990

- MAIN TOURNAMENTS: Legg Mason/Citi Open, Delray ATP, Houston ATP, Bermuda ATP Challenger, Lexington Challenger, Louisville Challenger, Private Stringer to 40+ teams at NCAA, 16/18 USA jr clay courts

- HOW DID YOU END UP STRINGING ON THE TOUR: Craig Brotman introduced me to Pro Stringing in 2005

- BEST MEMORY: Best memory is knowing all the friends I’ve made on the tour and the ability to stay in touch through all the years

- WORST MEMORY: staying on site at a tournament for 3 days working through the night because we were slammed. ?

- HOW FAST CAN YOU STRING A RACQUET: 8 min is my fastest racquet.

Jay Lewandowski stringer

MAXIME BOULANGER

- FULL NAME: Boulanger Maxime

- WHERE ARE YOUR FROM: France

- WHEN DID YOU START STRINGING:15 years ago

- MAIN TOURNAMENTS: Roland Garros, Monte carlo, Bercy, London Atp Nitto.

- HOW DID YOU END UP STRINGING ON THE TOUR: Passion for my job. I worked hard to get an opportunity to reach the Tour.  

- BEST MEMORY: 6 titles with Nadal at monte carlo. 1 title in Washington with Gael monfils

- HOW FAST CAN YOU STRING A RACQUET: Just under 11min

Maxime Boulanger Stringer