I’ve compiled a list of posts on what racquets the professional players actually use. It is rarely the model they advertise, which is why some racquet companies have had to change the wording to “endorse”. This list and these posts will be updated to reflect any changes in gear or sponsorships for these players. Please comment on the post if you see anything that is wrong or not updated or if you just have suggestions or questions.
When it comes to tennis racquets for the ATP professionals, they often use something called “pro stock” racquets which are heavily customized using for example silicone in the handle, lead tape and sometimes personally molded handles. They do this customization from a so called hairpin (rawest form of the racquet) which usually weighs around 300 grams before the customization is applied. These models are not easily available to the general racquet buying public, but you can find them on eBay and other websites from time to time.
There is no magic involved in the making of a pro stock racquet that will make you play better tennis, but the same batch of racquets will give you the same specs (you will find variances, sometimes significant ones, when buying retail tennis racquets), but getting a pro stock racquet usually cost quite a bit more than a retail tennis racquet. You’ll be fine using retail racquet, but this is good to know as you will see descriptions such as Wilson H19 and H22 as well as Head PT57A and TGK 231.3 popping up from time to time.
More information about pro stock racquets:
ATP Professionals and their tennis racquets
Juan Martin Del Potro
Pablo Carrena Busta
Victor Estrella Burgos
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