Tennis Game Terms Part 3
These tennis game terms, lingo and
jargon are part of sports gamerisms, Define Your
Tennis, part 3 completes tennis gamerisms provided for tennis players
and fans who fantasize about successful cannonballs.
Tennis Game Terms: R
Tennis Game Terms: S
or Racquet: the tool of the trade in tennis used
to hit the
ball. It has a long handle with an oval frame on the end
containing a series of woven cords that are stretched tight across it.
Rackets today can be produced using steel, aluminum, graphite,
titanium, carbon and fiberglass.
a lengthy back and forth series of shots between
players or sides. A real treat for fans--bring on those rallies!
Position: receiver's position before a serve.
tennis game terms for players who
receive the serve during the
game official presiding over the tournament, but
leaves the officiating up to the umpire.
Volley: a volley that happens more by
reaction than plan.
tennis game terms for the return of a difficult
skillful defensive player who is proficient at returning difficult
shots. Don't we all want to grow up to be a retriever?
Ace: a returned serve in which the serving
player does not
the ball and it lands in bounds resulting in a point.
- Reverse Twist:
jargon for served ball with spin
resulting in a high bounce to the receiver.
match series of a tournament that determines a
player's advancement to the next round.
- Round Robin:
to assess player standings based on win-loss
records during tournament.
- Run Around
the Backhand: lingo meaning to vigorously play a
ball on the forehand rather than the backhand.
playing region between the baseline and backstop.
Tennis Game Terms: T
- Scoring System:
is established based on game points, then a
set is based on games and finally to a match based on sets.
- Second Flight:
jargon for tennis ball after it bounces.
- Second Service:
the second attempt of putting a
serve in play.
is a ranking system of players based on skills and recent matches. The
best players are considered top-seeded and are not required to play
until the end of a tournament.
the act of putting the ball into play.
player who serves the ball in turn.
- Serve and
Volley: motion of serving and making an
aggressive follow shot on the return to score a point. Well done!
Court: area consisting of the service sideline, service
service line with the net in between each side.
- Service Line:
line marking that designates the back
boundary of the service courts for each side.
- Service Line
Judge: game official who monitors and calls
series of at least 6 games to include a two-game
margin win, unless there is a tiebreaker.
- Set Point:
final game or match point, that if successful
becomes that player's win.
- Shank: a
hit where the ball hits the handle or
frame of the racquet, usually resulting in a missed shot.
motion of hitting the ball with the racket.
tennis game terms for side line boundary of the
Judges: game officials who monitor and call the
shots in or out of the sidelines.
a match played by one player on each
side of the net.
- Singles Court:
used for single matches.
lingo for shot hit with both backspin and sidespin.
aggressive shot that lands down hard into the
opponent's side. It's a pounder!
- Snap Volley:
wrist action volley that packs a wallop.
- Stop Volley:
a short easy volley that lands just over the
- Straight Sets:
a match is won without a set being
refers to the hitting surface of the racket.
a hit, shot or swing at the ball.
Death: usually, a 9 point tiebreaker where the first
player to reach 5
points wins while it's 'sudden death' for the loser.
- Sweet Spot:
jargon for ideal hitting area from the racket
Tennis Game Terms: U - Z
region of the court where the service lines abut the
center service line.
- Take the Net: jargon for
the act of moving towards the net
to control the volleys aimed at the opponent.
- Tandem/Up and
Back: strategy whereby one plays the
forecourt and the other, the backcourt at a doubles game.
tennis game terms for canvas material covering the
top of the net.
Tennis: contest among teams that include singles and
Results are based on the team that wins the most games.
Ball: rubber ball with inside of pressurized air, covered
with wool and
nylon material and weighing between 2 and 2 1/16 ounces.
- Tennis Elbow:
pain of playing the game--caused by joint
the spin put on a ball by hitting the
top of the ball, causing it to spin in the direction it is traveling.
count for the second point of a game going to a
player or side.
system to decide winner for a set that is tied. Usually settled with a
short game of 13 points where the first player to reach 7 points is
declared the winner.
- Top Seed:
the best of the best player in a tournament.
accurate control of hit followed by precise
placement. It's the magic touch!
successful accomplishment of winning singles,
doubles, and mixed doubles at a tournament.
lingo for a serve that combines topspin and
sidespin. A double threat!
Backhand: shot delivered with both hands on the
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game official who is the 'boss' of a tennis match. The final word, the
umpire may also overturn decisions by other judges if necessary.
the spin put on a ball by hitting
under the ball, causing it to spin in the opposite direction of travel.
Error: term used to describe a shot that goes into
the net or out of bounds resulting in a lost point.
a shot hit prior to the ball bouncing on
your side of the court.
jargon for an easy win resulting from the
service shot that lands beyond the sideline or
lingo for shot to the opponent's side while
this player is moving or turned in a different direction.
bad case of nerves resulting in shakes that make it very difficult for
a gamer to play well. This phrase can be used in reference to many
games and is recognized by both players and fans alike.
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