2014 was our 7th year in business and possibly our best year yet. Although we strung fewer rackets in 2014 than in 2013 (1,759 compared to 2,149), we had a number of great memories.
The men’s tennis team at Wake Forest University continues to be our biggest customer, accounting for some two-thirds of our rackets. Each year we welcome new players and say goodbye to “old” ones. This year Adam Lee from New Zealand graduated (pictured below with his mother and sister), a true gentleman and great representative of the university for the past four years.
Nothing makes stringing better than “the water of life.” We continued our tradition of toasting to Wake Forest tennis greats Cory Parr (Yamazaki) and Amogh Prabhakar (Amrut) at the ACC tennis tournamnet.
Stringing at the NCAA tournament is always interesting because the schedule of play is such that you have nothing to do until the middle of the afternoon and then you (hope to) string into the wee hours of the morning.
In the summer, the Wake Forest men go away and our attention turns to professional tennis. At the combined ATP/WTA Citi Open in Washington, DC, we get the opportunity to string for some of the best players in the world. I got lucky and drew Kei Nishikori, who a few weeks later would make the final of the U.S. Open.
It’s always a privilege to string at our home town stop on the ATP Tour, the Winston-Salem Open. It’s especially nice because the other half of our team, Paul, gets to string this tournament.
We can also sneak out of the stringing room to say hi to Mark Yamane, who is a ball boy for the tournament.
Fall is girls high school season in North Carolina, and this fall was the last hurrah for a special customer of ours, Hannah Yamane, who finished her tennis career at Mount Tabor HS in 2014.
In the end, being a racket technician is not just about installing the strings or replacing the grips or applying the weight. It is about relationships. We’re privileged to have many as a result of our business. Thank you all, and we look forward to working with you again in 2015. Until then, keep it classy!