Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pat Markey

Do You have what it takes to be a professional racket stringer - part II

Part II- Do you have what it takes to be a professional racket stringer ? 

The second installment of my article will focus on how to 'break' into the field and getting to your first tournament and is a continuation of part I that I wrote several days ago.  There are various levels of tournaments around the country and world and they all need racket stringers and therefore futures, satellites, exhibitions, college, etc are great places to get in the door.  It doesn't matter if you live on the west coast, Midwest, east coast or overseas.  Find a local tournament or one that you are willing to travel too.  Your objective is to find a tournament that you are willing to visit several years in a row.  Becoming a professional racket stringer may require some persistence, talent and a little luck.  Like with anything else that is worth doing, you have to pay the dues! and this is no different.

1.  Volunteer at the tournament so that you can meet key individuals, the stringing team, know your way around and perhaps getting the word out that  you are a professional class racket stringer.  When i was working at a WTA event in California after several years I  knew most key players and the tournament director.  We had a young stringer several years help us out on the stringing team, he didn't actually string any rackets but he helped check in the rackets and cut out strings.  I know it doesn't sound like much and not very glamorous but he learning a lot.  Perhaps once you know who has the contract for the on site stringing you can see if they need any help.  Be humble, don't sell yourself to hard, but be willing to 'volunteer' and help out.  This is the best way to learn.

The first year you might need to volunteer for the tournament and perhaps this will get you acquainted with the stringers over time.  Volunteering at a tournament can open lots of doors.  Sounds simple, and it is, but you have to be willing to do some free work until you can prove yourself and get to know the right people.  That is what it is all about.  Part III to come soon so stay tuned!

Pat Markey

About Pat Markey -

Patrick Has been stringing rackets for over 25 years including at many professional events around the country including the US OPEN and AUSTRALIAN OPEN. He brings a depth of knowledge and love for the industry.

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