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Ep. 11 - Nate Ferguson

"That is the entire purpose of our lives, to help these top players win tournaments. It’s as much of a job security thing as it is personal pride." 


As a racket stringer, Nate Ferguson is responsible for ensuring the equipment in the hands of some of the most successful tennis players in the sport’s history is finely tuned every single time they step on the court. From his days as the personal stringer for Pete Sampras to founding his company Priority One - which works with Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and John Isner, among others - Nate’s clients have seen plenty of success. He calls that job security. In this episode, Nate shares how he lands clients, the odd hours that are involved to keep players well stocked with fresh rackets, what it takes to set up a stringing operation at tennis tournaments all over the world and what the right equipment can mean in the hands of rec players.


Below are Show Notes for the conversation with Nate Ferguson:


Nate Ferguson

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United Airlines

Roger Federer 

Stringing Machines 

String reels 

Grips 

Airbnb 

ATP Masters 1000s (Masters Series) 

Grand Slams 

Novak Djokovic 

Rakuten Open in Tokyo 

Swiss Indoors Basel 

Noventi Open in Halle 

Pete Sampras 

Warren Bosworth 

Ivan Lendl 

IMG 

Peter Johnson 

Bosworth International 

US Open 

1990 Sampras wins US Open, Sports Illustrated 

1990 Sampras wins US Open, Highlight 

No. 1 Sampras Has Nothing to Lose, NY Times (Nov. 20, 1997) 

Tennis Strings Explained, Tennis Warehouse 

Ron Yu, CBS 

Andre Agassi 

John Isner 

Stan Wawrinka 

Mardy Fish 

Wimbledon 

Aorangi Park (Wimbledon Practice Courts), Inside Tennis 

Marcos Baghdatis 

Baghdatis breaks racquets at Australian Open, highlight 

Fernando Gonzalez 

Yonex 

Fairway leather grip 

BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells 

Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati 

Paul Flory profile, Tennis.com

Andrey Rublev 

Rafael Nadal 

SET PIECES

NPR podcasts 

Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! 

Radiolab 

Tesla 

BNP Paribas Open Cancelled, Desert Sun (2020) 

Darren Rovell on Twitter 

Rovell with P1 at US Open in 2017, ESPN.com

Lone Survivor, by Patrick Robinson and Marcus Luttrell 

Lone Survivor Movie 

A Civil Action by Jonathan Harrowers 

A Civil Action Movie with John Travolta 

House to House by John Bruning and David Bellavia 

Tampa Bay Lightning 

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