tennis stories

 
The single worst part about sports is maintenance. The U.S. Open is no different: hundreds of tennis players from all around the globe makes for hundreds of racquets that need to be restrung on a daily basis. We had the rare chance to enter the Wilson restringing center at the Billie Jean National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens. There, we checked out the state of the art Baiardo stringing benches and the experts who spend long hours keeping all the racquets used in the U.S. Open in tip-top shape — by hand. Here's what we learned.