I had 20 odd years in banking, and then I
decided I wanted to do something for me. So I was originally a tennis coach, but as
time moves on and the body won’t take 50 hours on the tennis
court each week, so I became a full time tennis stringer.
I don’t get much opportunity to watch any of the matches at all,
but its very interesting to be able to watch some of the players on the practice courts.
I strung one of Andy’s yesterday morning which was a delight.
Most of the players are always what I’ve found really nice,
and just like normal people to talk to, and the last thing they want to talk about
in tennis generally. A very nice lady who’s retired now, Kim Clijsters,
from Belgium, always used to come in and we’d have a chat
and a cup of coffee and talk about life in general.
We’re working quite long hours but we do have some nice distractions in the stringing room.
One of my favourite players is Rafa Nadal, and we’ve strung his rackets this morning
ready for the tournament. He’s just lost the first set unfortunately,
so I’ve had one of his rackets which was run off courts to be strung as quickly
as possible. It took about 14 minutes. The most pressure is when a racket comes back halfway through a match
and they player wants it back as quickly as possible.
I think a little bit of you goes out on court with them when they’re playing. I hope it’s made a difference to him winning the match today. If anybody asked me 30 or 40 years ago, whether I’d be doing what I do now at my
age, I would have thought it was just a dream.
And to a certain extent I think i am living my dream;
I’m doing exactly what
I want to and having the time of my life.