Wilson Stringing – Australian Open 2014

The final ball has been struck, and the Australian Open 2014 is over. I left Melbourne before the final day, and have struggled to get my days and nights back on schedule. This happens every year and I never seem to get used to it! This will be my final post regarding the tournament and [see more]

Wilson Stringing – Australian Open 2nd Week

What a huge difference a few days can make, stringing gets a ton easier when the tournament gets to round of 16 and Quarterfinals. Our daily totals have dropped off nicely, but our tournament total is way up from last year. Friday 269 Saturday 225 Sunday 157 Monday 137 We have already strung more than [see more]

Wilson Stringing – Australian Open

The massive heat has finally broken, and life seems back to normal in Melbourne. Since the 3rd round is now in full swing, we have reduced the stringing staff by 3; Shane, Dustin and Dickie have left… Daily workload is much more manageable now, under 300 per day for the last 3 days. This means [see more]

Wilson Stringing – Australian Open 2014

2014 is the 100th anniversary of Wilson Sporting Goods, and there are many things planned to commemorate this historic event. Here at the Australian Open, the Wilson booth has been completely outfitted to showcase our heritage and history. In the display cases are samples of the greatest racquets Wilson has ever made, from the Jack [see more]

Australian Open Stringing – In the Heat!

Big story the last 24 hours is the heat, and not just hot, I mean AFRICA HOT. During the matches yesterday it reached 108F, and the tournament almost came to a screeching halt. For a few players, staying on the court proved too difficult. Frank Dancevic (CAN) collapsed during the second set of his first-round [see more]

Wilson Stringing – Australian Open 2014

The day of “on courts” I have said it many times before, when you string at a professional tournament, be ready for surprises and unexpected things to happen. That was the case yesterday. We anticipated and planned for a super busy day of 350 racquets. But we got a monster day, 416 racquets! This number is [see more]

Wilson Stringing – Australian Open 2014

Monday here in Melbourne and main draw matches start at 11:00am today. From a stringing standpoint, we have already strung 1866, about 50% of the total, and the tournament has just begun. This seems strange, but actually makes sense. We have been stringing for 9 days, all practice and qualification matches are done. Starting today, [see more]

Wilson Stringing – Australian Open 2014

Quote from the 1987 film, Wall Street…. “Bud… Bud I like you. Just remember something. Man looks in the abyss, there’s nothing staring back at him. At that moment man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.”   Lou Mannheim As we arrive this morning to the stringing room, there [see more]

Wilson Stringing – Australian Open 2014

Over the past 6 years we have made many new friendships in Melbourne, and I can tell you that the tennis community here is overwhelmingly friendly and gracious. From the very first year in 2009, we have encountered so many local folks that have become our extended family while in Australia. When I was planning [see more]

Wilson Stringing – Australian Open 2014

Today is Friday, and it is affectionately known as the “calm before the storm”. We have strung over 1000 racquets thus far, which is less than half we will complete during the tournament. Last year 2013, we had a total of 3646 which is up from 3209 in 2012. The general expectation in the Stringer’s [see more]