At the ITF Pro Circuit $15K Futures of Winston-Salem last week, I strung rackets for 34 different players.
33 players used all monofilament strings, including one who used a hybrid of two different monofilaments (Luxilon 4G S mains and Luxilon Alu Power crosses). One player used a traditional hybrid of Luxilon Alu Power mains and Wilson Sensation crosses.
Here are the brands of string we saw in our stringing room:
- Solinco – 38%
- Luxilon – 21%
- Babolat – 12%
- Yonex – 9%
- Pacific, Genesis – 6%
- Dunlop, Head, Tecnifibre – 3%
(Note that 3% = 1 racket.)
As I noted in my post on stringing at the NCAA tournament recently, the plurality of players using Solinco string is evidence of their success in connecting with junior and college players, and those connections seem to be percolating up to the lower levels of professional tennis now (which see a large number of junior and college players involved).
On the ATP World Tour, Luxilon is still the dominant string, but we do see more Solinco string there, too.
More in later posts on racket brands and tensions.