Master Racquet Technician RON YU has strung 23 grand slam winning sticks. For the past decade he's toured the world with Roger Federer. He strung championship racquets for Agassi, Wawrinka, Davenport and Hewitt. Master Racquet Tech RON YU tells us about stringing Roger Federer's racquets, which technology changes would make the sport more interesting and where he thinks his picture should go in the tennis hall of fame.
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Good day my friends. This is Under Review, the tennis podcast from an Insider's perspective. I’m Craig Shapiro and on this show I talk with the most interesting voices in the sport.As the holidays drown us with cheer the pros are already at it training hard and prepping for Australia. And if the pros aren't taking a break, neither will we.
We’ve got a great show for you today. Our goal with this podcast is to take you way behind the scenes and as a holiday gift to you all, we wanted to release this episode. It doesn’t get anymore inside than this. A month ago, we were at the ATP finals having breakfast with former world #3 the great Martin Mulligan. We decided to go upstairs where an old friend was hard at work stringing Roger Federer’s racquets. Five feet away, his roommate Glinn was stringing Novak’s sticks. These guys are the unsung heroes of the tour, and I wanted to let them sing a bit.
Known in the twittersphere as Racquetron, Ron Yu spends 25 Weeks a year on the road with Roger. He’s probably the winningest racket technician in the business, and we have a long history together. We used to travel the world stringing rackets and yarning tails, and while I got run out of the business by a shady Italian hit man with a box cutter, Ronny’s still at it. He strung rackets at a 23 grand slams, Agassi, Hewitt, Wawrinka, Davenport, Roger, as well as countless other champions. Ron’s one of the best in the business and we have him here for you today. He’s gonna tell us what it’s like to travel the world with Roger Federer, what’s happening with racket string technology today, and where he thinks his picture should go in the tennis hall of fame.
We’re talking string theory, grips and gut, with the one and only Racquetron, Ron Yu.C: Well, we’re here, looking out at the London Eye, we’re in room 610 of the Marriott, what’s it called Ron?R: County Hall.C: It’s the County Hall Marriott. The sound you hear is the Babolat stringing machine pulling Roger Federer’s strings through his rocket and we’re here with Ron Yu, my old coworker and friend.R: Ancient history.C: Twenty years ago, Ron and I met each other -- whoa I think longer now, twenty-four years ago. Jesus. Ron, the rackets look beautiful, I’m looking at this grip wrapped -- did you wrap that grip?R: I did.C: First of all, why don’t you explain to us what it is you guys do.R: Okay. I work for a company called Priority One, and we’re a racquet service company for players. We do customizing out of the office which is down in Tampa Florida, and then for some players, who want added service -- we travel with them to the master series events and the grand slams and take care of stringing, gripping, all the racket work they need.C: I mean these guys make it sound so lame. My opinion, Ron and this other cat Nate, Ron and Nate are the p. 1 guys -- I think these guys should be in the tennis hall of fame.