Magicians and mechanics

Magician's and mechanics.

That's how Paul Annacone (former American touring professional tennis player and then coach to Pete Sampras and Roger Federer who need no introduction of course!) categorises players.

Somewhere on the spectrum between a Magician and a Mechanic.

It's not a description or measure of 'talent'.

It's just the idea that the magician doesn't feel the need to hit so many balls to find their groove.

The mechanic, on the other hand, wants that volume of practice, particularly in preparation for match play.