Let Your Strings Play
Ever since I started playing tennis in 1976, I was intrigued by the racquet-stringing process and tennis racquet services. At age 15, I learned how to string from a local tennis pro and eventually was hired as the stringer for the Newk Plus One pro shop in Kona.
After graduating from high school, I attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. During that time, I worked part-time at McCully Bicycle and eventually full-time as the branch manager of McCully Tennis in 1982, providing tennis racquet services.
AM Stringing & Professional Career
In 1985, I became the Director of Tennis at the Waialae Iki 5 Tennis Center and started my own business, specializing in tennis racquet services and sales. I am also the League Coordinator for Junior Team Tennis and actively play in various adult leagues as a 4.5 player.
I was one of Hawaii’s first stringers to become certified by the United States Racquet Stringers Association back in 1986. The USRSA is a worldwide organization of more than 7,000 racquet technicians, teaching professionals, sports retailers, manufacturers and sales organizations, and racquet sports enthusiasts.
In 1988, I was appointed the certification tester for Hawaii.
In 2020, I was selected to serve as an official global ambassador for the International Alliance of Racquet Technicians. These ambassadors are committed to the expansion and growth of the organization. And they’re passionate about their craft.
Professionally, I’ve strung for the US Open, Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and various local professional events in Hawaii throughout my career.
I’m passionate about tennis and racquet services. And I’ve been fortunate over the years to make a career out of it! From recreational players to professional players, every racquet that I service is equally important! When a customer plays with a racquet I strung, a part of me feels like I’m on the court with them!
When you’re out on the court, you want to achieve peak performance. Your unique needs impact your level of performance. Variables such as strength, size, current injuries, and injury prevention can play a factor. You want to feel comfortable hitting groundstrokes, volleys, and serves. So, you need to be able to count on your racquet for performance and physical comfort. Proper stringing is essential to obtaining the optimum level of both comfort and performance.
I diagnose your racquet on a Babolat RDC, then string it on my Prince 7000 professional electronic stringing machine. After your racquet is strung, I measure the string bed deflection (the amount of pressure on the string bed upon impacting the ball) to ensure that your racquet provides the optimum in power, control, and comfort.
Finally, I record your frame specifications, string set-up, tension, and string bed deflection in my customer database to guarantee consistent results every time you restring.