Racquet maestro Nikki Roenn from Unstrung Customs is my latest podcast victim. As a bonus, there is also a video of him stringing Novak Djokovic's racquet.
Nikki Roenn is a friend of mine who customizes and paints racquets from players of all levels together with his business partners Darren Powell and Francisco Ruiz of Unstrung Customs. They work with many touring pros and Nikki also does the stringing for Novak Djokovic when the world number one is in Marbella.
Unstrung Customs has launched a way to 3D-print pallets so you can get your preferred grip shape/size, without having to mold the pallets. Nikki also announced that he will launch an online stringing course in the near future, which will help players go from complete beginners to decent level stringers.
I am not a fantastic stringer myself so I really look forward to getting some more organized content online to help me improve. If all goes well, I am sure we will also see some kind of course on customizing racquets as well.
Interview with Nikki Roenn
In the podcast, we also talk about things like how it is to work as a stringer during an ATP tournament, weird string requirements, hitting with Roger Federer and much more. There are also some pics from the Unstrung Customs Instagram account showcasing their work when it comes to racquet painting and customization. They have also started posting more informational content like how you apply a leather grip and some general stringing tips.
These times of quarantine and a lot of hours spent indoors actually seem to have helped Nikki focus on other areas of the business and it will be interesting to see what kind of content and services they can launch in the future.
Do you have any ideas of content you would like to see around stringing and customizing racquets – post them in the comments below!
Nice interview Jonas. Nikki has some great insight. I’m planning to get a Wilson Ultra Tour or Blade 98 18/20 soon, and get it custom painted in a Slazenger Pro Braided or Wilson Six-One 95 design. Basically because I can’t find those frames second-hand anywhere. But first, I shall wait to see how you find the new Ultra Pro to be. Do you know if that will become available for testing soon? Thanks
Thanks. There are some shipping issues around the new Ultra racquets right now, but hopefully, as soon as the Covid-19 situation eases a bit.
Just a sugestion, I think there’s a market for building grommet/bumper sets for old racquets using 3D printers.
I have the example of my PS 6.0 95’s, the few B/G sets that show on ebay are too expensive, and Wilson doesn’t sell them anymore – but probabily keeps a low production for their sponsored players