Do tennis strings deteriorate if left unused on a racket for a long period of time?
I have racket that hasn't been used for a few years, and wondered if anybody knew whether it would definitely need to be restrung?
"Detieorate" is not quite the right word, but, yes, if you have not used your racquet for a few years, you will need to re-string it before you play. Otherwise, the strings will feel dead.
Over time, strings lose their resiliency: their ability to spring back into position while hitting a ball. There are several things that cause the loss of resiliency: hitting balls, the bending of the frame during play, the expanding/contracting of your frame and strings through warmer and colder days etc.
As such, you are supposed to re-string a racquet that you are using regularly as many times a year as you play in a week. I play 5-6 days per week, so I re-string about 5 times per year.
In your case, your strings will have lost their resiliency because for several years they have been held at a tension of 50-60 lbs. That, alone, will deaden the strings.
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