I AM lucky to have developed a strong serve and it has proved to be a terrific weapon in my game. Winning easy points helps conserve my energy for the long points I may play on my opponent's serve. Serving and playing long games is quite tiring, so it definitely works to my advantage if I can win my serve quickly and make my opponent fight to hold his serve. So, you can see having this potent weapon has more than the obvious advantage. What is the secret of my serve? That is a little like asking the recipe of your favourite cake. I can certainly take you through the ingredients of what makes a good serve, but the rest is up to you. All the great servers have a natural rhythm so try to develop your own. Start with your weight on the front foot and toss the ball slightly in front of you while starting to swing the racquet down as your weight transfers to the back foot. Bend your knees as the front arm points toward the ball and swing the racquet in an arc behind you in preparation for the throwing action that is the secret of the serve. As you throw the racquet head at the ball try to move it quickly through the air and snap your wrist on contact with ball. This rhythmic action will transmit your weight into the ball as the racquet follows through beside you and will allow you to advance to the net or check and stay back. That's the theory and it works for me. I hope it also works for you! Good luck, and I hope to see you at the Marlboro Championships.