But it’s not just the restringing – the type of strings can make a massive difference to both the effectiveness of shots and the health of a player’s dominant arm.
Polyester Tennis Strings
‘Polyester strings are currently very popular among leisure tennis players,’ adds Dennis Fabian. ‘And that’s unfortunate, because while they might seem good value for money, they are often not the best for the twice-a-week club player.
‘Polyester strings came on the market about 20 years ago. They really helped players like Gustavo Kuerten to bring their game to a different level, but the elasticity of a polyester string doesn’t last as long. For the top players who change their strings every day this isn’t a problem, but it is for the club and parks players who keep their strings for much longer. If it lasts a long time without breaking, customers get the impression it’s good – durable is good because I can save on restringing, the customers think – but that’s not necessarily good for the player’s wrist, elbow, shoulder etc.