Do you know the difference between a spin and a slice? A break point and a match point? How is it that love equals zilch? Read on to learn more….
serve that is neither touched nor returned by the receiving player.
(“In” or “Out”) – the first point won by a side, following deuce. When the serving side wins this point it is called advantage-in. If the non-serving side wins the point, it becomes “break point” and the advantage is out.
The lane between the singles and doubles sidelines; out-of-bounds in singles play.
Association of Tennis Professionals, the men’s professional circuit
player turns so that the shoulder of the racket-bearing arm faces the net before bringing the racket forward and across the body to meet the ball.
undercutting the ball with the racket so that it bounces back toward the net and away from an opponent.
winning a set 6-0. A double bagel is winning 6-0, 6-0.
BALL BOY (GIRL)
a person, male or female, tasked with retrieving tennis balls from the court that have gone out of play
boundary on either end of the court representing the outer limits of the length of the court.
hitting long ground strokes from the baseline
when a non-serving player has the scoring advantage and is one point away from winning the game.
when the non-serving side wins the game.
a ball hit diagonally across the tennis court on a baseline ground stroke.
when two competing sides are tied at “40” in a game. Because a game must be won by two points, play continues from deuce until one player leads by a margin of two points.
when both serving attempts fail to land inside the service court the opponent wins the point.
DOWN THE LINE
hitting the ball straight ahead into the opponent’s court.
a lightly hit, spinning return that drops softly over the net, forcing the opponent to approach the net.
when a serve is illegal or fails to land in the service court.
when the server steps across the baseline prior to hitting the ball.
when a player is out of position and unable to return a well hit ball by an opposing player.
player pivots the body so that the shoulder of the non racket-bearing arm faces the net. The player then swings the racket forward to meet the ball.
winning the Grand Slam and the tennis Olympic gold medal in a calendar year
the four most prestigious tournaments in a year: the Australian Open, the French Open (or Roland Garros), Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
a forehand or backhand shot that is executed after the ball bounces once on the court
when a serving player wins his or her own service game.
when a served ball touches the net cord but still lands within the service court.
a stroke in tennis where the ball is lifted high above the net with the intention of it going over the opposing player in the case of him being close to the net, thus nearly guaranteeing the point.
term meaning zero points.
NO MAN’S LAND
the backcourt area between the baseline and the net; difficult for players caught in this area to make successful returns.
a powerful overhand volley shot generally used to return a lob.
PLAYING THE NET
players approach and position themselves at the net in an effort to cut down on the court size and make quick return volleys on the ball.
(in doubles) an aggressive move where the player at net moves to volley a shot intended for his/her partner.
PUT AWAY (or Kill)
when the ball his hit hard past an opponent who has no chance to make a return play on the ball. A put away scores a point.
when players trade numerous strokes back and forth on a single point.
player who receives the ball from the server.
begins every point of a tennis match. The player who initiates the point.
SERVE AND VOLLEY
after a serve, it is the quick approach to the net by the serving player. The intent is to make a quick volley stroke on the ball against the opposing player’s service return shot.
area of the court between the net, the singles sideline, and the service line into which the ball is served.
grouping of games in a match. Each set is played until one side wins a total of six games by a margin of at least two games. If a set is even at six games apiece, a “tie-break” is played.
SET POINT (and Match Point)
when a player is one point away from winning the set or match. Double and triple set points describe when a player has a two or three point lead in a game that would decide the set or match.
similar to backspin in that it is a way of striking the ball so that it doesn’t bounce well for the opponent; used to draw a player out of position.
serving the ball in a way as to cause it to spin away from the receiving player; often used on a player’s second serve.
a match victory in which the victor never lost a set.
general term describing a player’s motion when hitting the ball either forehand or backhand.
if players are tied at six games each in a set, a tie-break decides the winner. Players alternate until one player wins seven points by a margin of at least two points.
opposite of back spin. The player brings the racket over the ball when he or she strikes it so that it spins from low to high as it travels forward.
when a player loses a point because he or she makes an error on a ball that could easily be returned.
occurs when a player strikes the ball before it bounces.
Women’s Tennis Association, the women’s professional circuit