Stephane, how many years have you been stringing on Monte Carlo Masters?
We are now in our 11th year! And even if the service has evolved, we have always been a team of 5 stringers on the tournament, and I can tell you we do not get bored!
Have players' demands evolved during these 11 years?
I will say that there is more requirement on the speed of the execution of the stringing service. We are now very often asked for an express service (1 / 2h or 1h max to string a racket)
It is therefore more complicated in terms of organization, it is necessary to organize and anticipate these requests from players who often ask for this treatment, for example in a match.
Do you have in mind specific requests for racket preparation, from the players?
Sometimes we do more than just stringing, for sure. For Arneodo, for example, we had to cut open the racket to extract a piece of graphite that had gone inside the frame. We removed the dirt and the butt cap, a real racquet dissection, a surgical operation.
We also do case-by-case optimization: we have some requests to add some pads, (leather tips in the heart of the racket) that absorb vibrations and give more power.
In the same spirit of customization, some players ask us to deform the frame of the racket to have a more elongated or rounded shape. In order to do that, we place the racket differently in the machine to give it the desired shape.