What makes the perfect Wimbledon serve?

Searching for perfection

For every tennis player, the perfect serve is the holy grail. The serve is the most powerful shot in tennis, and the only one that the player has full control over.

Great servers such as Pete Sampras, Goran Ivanisevic and Serena Williams have honed the timing, rhythm and, above all, technique of their service actions to enable it to hold up under even the most severe pressure.

At the Wimbledon championships serve plays a vital role in allowing the players to build a solid platform, win cheap points and make their chances of winning the title much greater. But how different is serving at Wimbledon to other surfaces, and how can players prepare mentally and physically to ensure they maintain their serve under intense pressure?

Secrets to grass court greatness

The 1987 Wimbledon champion demonstrates what makes the perfect serve on grass.

Murray's masterclass

Andy Murray offers an insight into the unique pressures of serving for a Wimbledon title.

Breaking down the serve

Use the arrows to scroll through a slow motion video, as Pat Cash explains the most important points in a tennis serve.

Key components of the serve

An illustration of the speed of the ball during the fastest serve recorded at Wimbledon - delivered by American Taylor Dent in 2010.

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