The bold is laughable: There is no knock. It's artificial by those who want to knock Nadal's game.The knock on Nadal is that a lot of his game is engineered through sheer strength rather than technique. Try and and teach anyone else how to play his style and they will fail dismally unless they have a comparable physically stature. The perfect example of Nadal's numerous "impossible" passing shots. They're achieved purely through speed, reach and ridiculous brute strength rather than superior tennis technique.
Fixed, correct. Pro being a standard that basically implies the player in question plays the game in a more proficient way than your average person with a racket. I.e by say entering the Top 100 or 200 or what have you.There are NO Pro-tennis players without some kind of talent.
i agree with this fix. And i'd go even further - there could be tennis pros without almost any "tennis talent" as i put the notion in my previous post (tennis talent being the feeling one has of the ball through the racquet with his hand).Fixed, correct. Pro being a standard that basically implies the player in question plays the game in a more proficient way than your average person with a racket. I.e by say entering the Top 100 or 200 or what have you.
Instincts cannot be worked on. They're called instincts for a reason - they're natural, that's what makes us unique. I wish this myth would stop that one can overcome anything with hard work. Not only is it a lie, but it's damaging to those who naively believe it.One handed backhand = talent.
Anyway, I don't think the mental aspect gets enough of a mention. Instincts on the court such as shot selection under pressure, anticipation and point construction can all be worked on just like any stroke, but when you already have them as a junior, that's talent. That's the major reason Dolgopolov and Bellucci aren't consistent top 30 players in my opinion.
You can have all of the shots in the game, but if you don't have those mental qualities to tie it all together, you'll never be a great player.
I really like this analogy Latso.You take 10 5yo kids, you train them for 6 month and ask them to do a FH drop shot - the most talented one will pull a great one, the others might not reach the net, or hit the roof. That's where talent is, specifically for tennis in my personal perception of the thing.
There are 4 stages of competence when it comes to learning a skill:
1. Unconscious incomptence: You're shit + you're too stupid to recognise how shit you are
2. Conscious incompetence: You're still shit but you're aware of it
3. Conscious competence: You can do it but it takes extra concentration + effort to achieve what you want
4. Unconscious competence: You can do it without even having to think about it. It's 2nd nature
Everyone starts at the bottom, some may have certain attributes which are advantageous to becoming a tennis player, genetically, physically, mentally e.t.c. and can help them progress quicker than others, it's not necessarily about how hard you work, it's about how hard you work in the right areas which will determine how good you can become, to go along with all the other external factors like money, luck, good coaching, Flying Spaghetti Monster e.t.c. which can also determine how far you're allowed to go with your training.
I think talent is how quickly you can absorb information and translate it into ability.
I was speaking about it more in the context of learning something quickly, not as a measure of how good they are in their field.Talent is NOT the ability to learn something fast but rather the excellence you attain in your field of interest
but instinct on a tennis court doesn't exist, no human being know how to play tennis without learningInstincts cannot be worked on. They're called instincts for a reason - they're natural, that's what makes us unique. I wish this myth would stop that one can overcome anything with hard work. Not only is it a lie, but it's damaging to those who naively believe it.