I’ve played the past 8 years or so with Wilson Pro Staff nCode nSix.One 95 racquets, the 18 x 20 version. I really like the sticks, but after so many years they’ve gone dead. So I’ve been looking for replacements. I hit with the new Head Prestige, and I really liked the weight/balance and how the ball responded off the stringbed. I would switch over…if only for the grip. (Read More)
Stringing tennis racquets is a true art form. The stringing process is not as uniform and simple as it may seem. (Read More)
The longer you play this sport, the more problems you come across. After servicing racquets for decades, we have learned some great remedies to the everyday problems that players come across. Here are some tips to help diagnose and fix some common problems. (Read More)
With all of the various racket companies making a diverse array of models to compliment the broad spectrum of players, how do you know which racket is best for you? There are frames that are longer/shorter, stiffer/softer, larger/smaller, wider/narrower, etc. Shopping through the walls of rows of rackets at your local tennis shop can be overwhelming. Demoing rackets is time-consuming, costly and a nuisance. Then, when you finally find a frame that suits you, you have to find a string, and then a tension! (Read More)
We all know that matching the correct equipment with the correct player is crucial in a technical sport like tennis. You can walk down the aisle of a sports store and see hundreds of rackets on one side and only four different basketballs on the other. It seems excessive, but there is a reason for every variety of tennis racket. With such a massive selection, which will win the battle and be the best suited for you? Here are some tips for picking a grip, which is a fundamental piece of equipment that is often overlooked. (Read More)
With the U.S. Open underway, the pros racquets are getting hundreds of hours of play combined. NY1 Health & Fitness reporter Kafi Drexel filed the following report on the Queens man responsible for all that string.
Fourteen days of play, hundreds of elite players, and Roman Prokes has the calluses to prove it. But they are more like a second skin to him now.
For the past five years, Prokes, who has been the stringing business for more than 25 years, has been stringing racquets for the U.S. Open and almost every other major grand slam.
Roman introduces new Wilson Baiardo stringing machine to the Japanese market
Ever wonder where the pros get their racquets strung? The names are tough to read here but believe me, this line-up covers an international spectrum of players: Tommy Haas, Andy Roddick, Ivan Ljubicic, Maria Sharapova, Andre Agassi, Stephi Graf, Nicole Vaidisova and more. The place, RPNY Tennis in New York City. The man, Roman Prokes, who has been customizing tennis racquets for 25 years.
As the U.S. Open swings into action, young tennis stars all over the city will watch and wonder if they have it within them to become a pro.
“Tennis is a phenomenal sport. I can’t say enough about tennis. I think everyone should play,” says Roman Prokes of RPNY Tennis.
You’d have a tough time getting Lance Armstrong’s mechanic to tune up your Trek, or skier Bode Miller’s wax man to sharpen your Rossignols. But tennis is different.
As the U.S. Open kicks off Monday, racket technician Roman Prokes will be spending 18 hours a day at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y., tuning frames and stretching strings for star clients like Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick.