Attention Aero Pro usersTim Strawn
If you’re using the newer version of the Babolat Aero Pro racquet there’s an important feature that you need to be aware of. Depending on the experience and expertise of the person who’s stringing your racquet, they may inadvertently create a situation where your strings are going to break prematurely.
The newer design has a recessed grommet strip running along the sides and this dictates that the cross strings be installed in a specific way so the string will lay in the designated cut-out in the grommet strip. If not, the string is going to rest outside the recess of the strip, leaving it exposed. If you reach for a wide ball and don’t bend your knees and get down to the ball you’re going to scrape the side of the racquet on the court. Most traditional grommet strips consisted of a long singular recessed channel on the side and depending on the stringing pattern, it was possible for some strings to overlap in certain places on the racquet. This left the string “high” and exposed so Babolat came up with this little gem of a technology to address a long-standing problem.
So, the next time you pick up your racquet take a second to look at the sides. If the string is not laying in the recessed grooves on the side I would suggest you point it out and ask for it to be re-strung.