Originally Posted by jcc309
I think IT has to be the dedication to put your heart and soul with it. I can see the argument both ways and a player needs both great natural ball striking and determination. But I believe that determination and dedication and heart cannot be taught. Either you work hard or you do not. A person who works hard will learn ball striking skills. They may not be the best ball striker but their dedication will push them past people who are "better" tennis players because they refuse to give up or be beaten. I just do not believe that can be taught.
Your characterization is correct once a player reaches a certain level.
Once a player reaches say top 10-15 in the world, then what your posted, is what separates the best from the rest.