2012 was another great year for Big Time Tennis, many thanks to our customers and opportunities to string at some big tournaments. For the fourth straight year we increased the total number of rackets strung:
- 2012: 1,467
- 2011: 1,265
- 2010: 1,171
- 2009: 750
- 2008: 251
Once again, the Wake Forest University men’s tennis team was the backbone of our business. Just over half of the rackets we strung in 2012 were for the Wake men. We are proud of our affiliation with Wake tennis and happy to do our part to keep the team moving forward, even on a 20 racket night like the one pictured below from the spring season.
The second largest group of rackets came from three tournaments, two of which we have written about: the NCAA Division I tournament in Athens, Georgia, the combined ATP World Tour and WTA Citi Open in Washington, DC, and our hometown ATP World Tour event, the Winston-Salem Open (motto: Big Time Tennis, Served Southern Style!). We did almost 500 rackets at these three tournaments. Even the junior member of Big Time Tennis had a chance to chip in at the Winston-Salem Open.
We learn so much stringing in tournament settings, where people’s livelihood’s are dependent on their equipment and nothing less than perfection is acceptable. We have said many times how much we have learned from Jay Lewandowski, owner of Game.Set.Match tennis, who hired us to work at these tournaments. At both the Citi Open and Winston-Salem Open we also benefited from working with Dustin Tankersley, a member of the Wilson stringing team, who is in Australia right now working at the Oz Open. In Winston-Salem, we also enjoyed working alongside RPNY stringer Benoit Mauguin, who as you can see in the photo below was personally responsible for Andy Roddick’s rackets on tour.
We try to bring the professional tournament stringing attitude to every racket we string. Although non-Wake Forest and non-tournament rackets are just a fraction of all of the rackets we string in any year, we value those clients very much and appreciate their entrusting their rackets to us. We truly see them as clients rather than just customers.
Having strung nearly 1,500 rackets in 2012, we begin to wonder what our total capacity is annually. But believing there is still room for growth, we have made a significant capital investment recently, adding to our arsenal a new stringing machine, the Wilson Baiardo (pictured below), to go along with our Babolat Star 5.
Thanks to everyone for a great 2012. Here’s looking forward to an even better 2013!