Racket Doctor

Best Tennis Shop, August 2008
A technician refurbishing an expensive Volkl C-10 racket at one of the eight stringing machines at the Racket Doctor wears surgical scrubs. Clerks selling Adidas Barricade shoes and Prince tennis shirts sport shirts labeled fashion icu. More than just a gimmick, the staff’s wardrobe testifies to the level of service it provides to rank amateurs and ranked pros. Owner Randy Kramer opened the business in 1970 after working at a shop at Griffith Park’s municipal courts. He prides himself on his vast inventory (cheap balls and top-of-the-line gut string) and informed employees (who advise beginners to buy intermediate-level rackets they can grow into).