I've seen the word "talent" thrown around here a lot. Many claim it to be a natural psychological thing that people are born with without elaborating any further. As someone who has delved deep into the sciences.. that isn't enough of an explanation for me. I think "talent" is a learned attribute. Every single thing we experience via our few senses shapes our neurological structures. I think people like Federer/Djokovic/Nadal ect. have experienced certain things that clicked with them that other players have not. If you've ever watched Federer in any of his practices, he is always very relaxed and trying unorthodox shots you don't see on tour everyday. This relaxed style enables him to pull off shots most other players wouldn't even think to try. It is these shots people refer to as a part of his talent. Experiences that have nothing to do with tennis also shape the brain of an athlete. Ever have a piece of information hit you like a ton of bricks? Where you suddenly understand something because the missing piece is now available to you? I think this also plays a major role in the development of a pro tennis player. Pro tennis is half muscle memory and half mentality. Every pro on tour has the muscle memory to compete at that level. A dominant pro tennis player needs an aggressive and confident mentality to win match after match. We are all born with a similar brain structure. A world class athlete has experienced something that other people have not. Whether it be something someone has said to them, a thought realization, visualization ect. the world class athlete has a slightly different brain structure that aids them in their domination. So the debate is whether talent is a born attribute or a learned attribute. Discuss.