Prettiest serve motion?

Guga, noah, newk, smith, ashe, Michael Stich, goran, and of course ilie nastase. I would put marius copil up there, too.

But now, I am partial to the platform stance.
I admire the serves of Pete, rF, becker, cilic, mac, shapo, grigor, and thiem.
 
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oh yes, Ashe! here's one clip with him and another beautiful server, Tom Okker:

Okker, ja! And how about fred stolle? And John sadri? Lew hoad. Manolo santana had a beauty. Big jake kramer. Pancho gonzales.
Also bjk, evonne goolagong, martina Navratilova, hana mandlikova, and the incomparable maria bueno.
 

MajesticMoose

Hall of Fame
I'm a big fan of Sascha's serve. Very simple pinpoint motion. Very rhythmic and easy to replicate over and over and over again.
 

ron schaap

Hall of Fame
Only Roscoe Tanner and Krajichek should be on this list!
Everything efficient and fast in the motionof both their arms.
To many plaers serve with ugly high tosses and back curl. Even Feds toss is circular, not straight like Roscoes and Richards motion. Only Ivanisovic and Dent deserve a honourable mention.
These days there are nomore serve
 

NicoMK

Professional
I would say Sampras and Noah… but I like very much Boris'.

What do you guys think of Johnny Mac?
 

Federev

Hall of Fame
Who do you think has the coolest, best-looking serve motion ever? Past or present, male or female, don’t matter

For me it goes like this:

1. Fed (takes the no. 1 spot by a large margin, no contest really, the most smooth and most graceful serve action ever, I will never get tired of watching that)

2. Karlovic (don’t know what is it about this serve motion but I’ve always thought it looked very cool, for me personally it’s a joy to watch Ivo serve, both because of the cool serve motion and cause of the serve that comes after)

3. Djokovic (this one also looks really cool to me, his best-looking shot along with his backhand)

4. Sampras (I’ve always really liked how he prepares before tossing the ball, looks great all-around)
fed far ahead as you say
dimi (fed again)
I like nadal's believe it or not.
 

ron schaap

Hall of Fame
I would say Sampras and Noah… but I like very much Boris'.

What do you guys think of Johnny Mac?
I would say Sampras and Noah… but I like very much Boris'.

What do you guys think of Johnny Mac?
Bigmacs unconventional and ugly, nonetheless effective on fast surfaces because he created a difficult angle on right handers backhand.
I would vote for Pim pim Johanson serve as a honorable mention. He did serve once around 50 aces in a match against Agassi who is known for his service returns.
 

TnsGuru

Professional
I also like the effortless serve motion of Pancho Gonzalez. In his day tennis rules for the front foot had to be planted to prevent foot faults. I'm not sure when the tennis rules changed but if he would have been able to launch himself with his legs more I think his serve would have been even better.

His motion really looked effortless and smooth and he wasn't even even swinging at full speed according to some bio's i've read.
 
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Only Roscoe Tanner and Krajichek should be on this list!
Everything efficient and fast in the motionof both their arms.
To many plaers serve with ugly high tosses and back curl. Even Feds toss is circular, not straight like Roscoes and Richards motion. Only Ivanisovic and Dent deserve a honourable mention.
These days there are nomore serve
Harsh. Prettiest is the qualifier in the threadtitle. Roscoe and krajicek...and also goran, were devastating, powerful, quiCk, effective, tough to read. But pretty?

Federer. Pierre hugues herbert. Stich. Ashe. Sampras, and rampras.
 

Standaa

G.O.A.T.
I also like the effortless serve motion of Pancho Gonzalez. In his day tennis rules for the front foot had to be planted to prevent foot faults. I'm not sure when the tennis rules changed but if he would have been able to launch himself with his legs more I think his serve would have been even better.

His motion really looked effortless and smooth and he wasn't even even swinging at full speed according to some bio's i've read.
Looks like Fed’s if he had his hands at the beginning closer to his body and his feet further apart.
 

Raiden

Hall of Fame
Men: Sampras
Women: Goerges

Their motion is so smooth and effortless but at the same time also visually attractive in its intricacy and rhythm.

I find a lot of the best serves in men's tennis hideous and ugly looking from a purely spectator's point of view (Mac, Roddick, Ivanisevic etc) and on the women's side the best ones tend to be so well disguised that they are unexciting and bland visually (Pliskova, Serena).

Sampras and Goerges on the other hand have cracked the code of serving better than everyone and still remain easy on the eye. I like that "have your cake and eat it" lack of compromise.
 
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^Goerges has a good looking serve. Ja, Samprraass, too, for sure. He will go down in serving lore as the successor to tilden, pancho, and kramer.

A collection of big serves:cool:.
I like Lisicki's thicckk socckks. She reminds me of a song by tribe called quest.... Sabine, sabine, s'bina applebaum.
 

Raiden

Hall of Fame
Zen Sampras bringing both his hands/palms together in perfect symmetry just before the ball toss, also at that exact moment one of his feet is pointing up in the same angle as his hands and racket (only the tip of his heel touching). Completely unintentionally the dude has a bit of a coordinated hand and feet choreography routine going on.

And Julia's delicate hand and wrist movements while handling the racket and the ball are sort of pre-announcements of what is coming: a final monster wrist-snap: bang! Game over (literally in this case, cuz it's possibly one of her countless aces).
 
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sredna42

Hall of Fame
Sam Groth.

For me, I have always been intrigued by McEnroe's motion. Somewhat unique. Loved when Novak impersonated him serving.
The same, it is strange and fascinating to watch, I can't understand how he gets his weight into and through the ball, how he can load in that position yet not have blocked himself off from the court and ball
 

sredna42

Hall of Fame
Deliciano. Sooo smoooooth and efficient.


Honorable mention to another lefty, Shapovalov.

From the guys of yore, Edberg's motion was interesting.
Daaaaamn he makes it look so effortless, really good video nice find. That angle is always good
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Federer by a country mile, especially in his early days (03-05)
Honorable mentions to Karlovic, Tsonga, Roddick, Djokovic, and Verdasco.
(Too lazy to check if I've already posted this on the thread)
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Raonic is another one. His groundstrokes look unnatural, but his serve is another matter. Quite possibly best serving technique of all time, given that he's 6'5 (tall, but certainly not an ace tower) and serves like Isner/Karlovic/Anderson.
 

skaj

Legend
Federer by a country mile, especially in his early days (03-05)
Honorable mentions to Karlovic, Tsonga, Roddick, Djokovic, and Verdasco.
(Too lazy to check if I've already posted this on the thread)
Ever heard of a player named Pete Sampras? :)
 

Thetouch

Professional
When I first started playing tennis with friends I used to emulate many players' service and believe it or not but the easiest and most effective for me to emulate was Becker's serve. I like Pete's, Goran's and Mac's serve too. I also thought Agassi had a unique way of serving.

As for the women Jana Novotna probably threw the ball the highest and she had a smooth movement but she was lacking a little power.

Btw, there used to be an indian looking player back in the early 00s who used to serve like Sampras, he was definitely copying him. I can't remember his name but it just shows that copying won't do it at all, if power and speed are missing.

I think Roger almost emulated Pete's serve too, only difference is Pete moves his left foot up

 

Le Master

Professional
I think Sampras's is awkward and ugly. The foot up with the handshake is unaesthetic.

Michael Stitch's is one of the prettiest. The first 3/4 of his motion are perfect. He just looks a little unbalanced as he makes contact with the ball and it sort of hurts the aesthetics of the whole package.

Unsurprisingly, Federer's is picture perfect and by far the best looking.
 
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