The Straits Times speaks to the people who work away from centre court and behind the scenes to find out the quirky details of their jobs.
Today: Gunther Strahle, a 51-year-old racket stringer from Germany.
Q How long have you been in this business?
A I've been doing this for 29 years.
Q How many rackets do you string on average over a tournament?
A I will string about 150-200 rackets this week. At a Grand Slam, maybe 400-500.
Q What are the tools needed?
A A stringing machine and basic tools like pliers, cutters, tweezers.
Q What's the fastest you can string a racket?
A About 20 minutes, although it depends on the string, racket and string pattern.
Q Strangest request?
A Sometimes players need rackets done at the last minute and they bring three to four rackets to us an hour before a match starts.
Q Which player on the women's Tour is most particular about how their racket is strung?
A Maria Sharapova. She feels everything. She is very sensitive. She feels when the tension is losing in a match and she changes racket very early.
Q Favourite tournament?
Q How many tournaments do you do in a year?
A About 20. Mostly in Germany, including International Tennis Federation events, junior tournaments, Davis Cup. This is the biggest tournament I'm doing this year.
Q Most difficult part about your job?
A We are here all day. I was here at 8.30am on Sunday and left after midnight. We leave after the last point is played. It aches everywhere. You neck, your fingers, your legs.
Q Ever had any accidents stringing a racket?
A Sometimes. You cut your finger, the string goes inside your nail, the string burns your skin when you pull too fast.
Q What's the weirdest hour someone has asked you to string a racket?
A 1.30am, when a match was still going on.
Q Most interesting story you have from your job?
A I was part of the German Davis Cup team that won in 1993. It's good to work in a team, with the physio, doctor, coach. It feels good.