Originally Posted by christo
Considering that every pro player began their career or pro journey at an early age using off the shelf frames is it safe to assume that many of them and certainly the majority of college and satellite players are using bone stock frames? There is an almost obsessive fascination with what this or that player is really using when you think that many of the players are using paint jobs over racquets that they honed their games with. Joker, Fed, Delpo, Fish are probably using frames that are extremely close to what they were given when they had no clue they would be world class.
If all the big racquet companies just churned out the same frame with a different paint job we'd all be bored to death. However I would love it if you could choose from a player's stick that came with different paint options a la the Prestige with that gorgeous green paint job from the David Wheaton era. Hello Head, are you listening? The current candy cane color scheme that seems to be in vogue is just too hideous for words
From all appearances it looks like Djokovic grabbed a TT Radical off the shelf and added lead as he got older and stronger.
From all appearances, Fed used a pro staff and then had a frame custom designed for him as he rose in the ranks, which all of his signature racquets are somewhat based on now.
From all appearances, Nadal took an off the shelf Babolat and still uses the same racquet.
I don't think there's any mystery to it at all, but the racquet companies have to sell more frames, so they keep lying about technologies and what the pros use.
What you propose, a basic "vantage"ization of the racquet companies makes sense, but will never happen.