Tennis Players Terms Part 2
These tennis players terms
and jargon are part of sports gamerisms, Define Your
Tennis, part 2 continues for tennis players and fans who dream of Aces.
Tennis Players Terms: D
Tennis Players Terms: E -
- Daisy Cutter:
jargon for a low shot with backspin resulting
in a low bounce.
Net: the accidental shot that hits the net and
falls into the
opponent's side of the court. Betcha, can't do that again!
the loss of a match by disqualification
after four code violations have been awarded.
- Defensive Lob:
term for a high shot at or close to the net.
Volley: return tennis shot generally from below
the top of the net.
occurs when both players have accumulated a count of 40 or three points
each. Either player must attain 2 points in a row to win the match
- Deuce Court:
location to the receiver's right service court
where a serve is received following a deuce score.
lingo for a shot hit with very little
slang for someone who is a clay court player.
- Double Fault:
player action that has failed to produce a
valid serve twice.
- Double Hit: occurs
when the ball is struck twice during a
single hit resulting in the loss of a point.
a game played with two players on each
side and using the full court.
- Doubles Court:
term for the playing area for a doubles
- Down the Line:
jargon for tennis shot from near the
- Drag Volley:
tennis shot with backspin.
term for system of player selection and schedule of a
Shot: a shot hit easily and placed close to the
when an opponent is caught far from the net near the baseline.
- Drop Volley:
jargon for a ball hit before it has bounced.
Tennis Players Terms: G
a failed shot that results in a lost
a serve that falls out of bounds.
count for the first point of a game going to a
player or side.
- First Flight:
movement of tennis ball from the racket hit
until just before it bounces.
- First Service:
the first of two attempts by a
player to serve the ball in bounds.
lingo for a rapid, straight shot without spin. It's a
- Follow Through:
movement of arm with racket after the ball
has been hit.
- Foot Fault:
occurs when a player steps on the end
line before making contact with the ball during a serve.
- Foot Fault
Judge: game official who monitors and calls foot
- Forced Error:
a shot that is placed in such a way
that it is missed by the opposition.
the act of hitting the ball with the
front hand of the racket.
- Forcing Shot:
tactic where a player's shot places
the opponent on the defensive.
specific location between the net and service
count for the third point of a game going to a
player or side.
term for oval part of the racket that houses the
Tennis Players Terms: H
jargon for game watchers located at the ends and
sides of a court.
tennis match where the winning player or side must
accumulate 4 points and lead their opponent by 2 points.
- Game Point:
a serve that can decide the outcome
of the match with the scoring of one point.
statement that a winner has been decided
and the match has ended.
- Golden Set:
the win of a set without losing a
single point. Congrats are in order!
Slam: four tournaments: Australian, French, U.S. Open and
make up the premium championship known as the Grand Slam of tennis.
taking your opponents best shots and running down every one, typically
in a frenzied manner while refusing to give up.
the act of hitting the ball after
it has bounced once in your court.
Tennis Players Terms: I -
lingo for a series of swings or shots by
a player that appear to be luck more than skill.
- Half Court:
term for court area near the service line.
- Half Volley:
action occurs when the tennis ball is struck
as it hits the court.
the top portion of the racquet where the strings are
- Heavy Ball:
jargon for tennis shot hit with topspin.
- Hit on the
Rise: term for ball played before reaching the
bounce high point.
tennis balls holder.
Tennis Players Terms: L
valid tennis shot landing in the opponent's court.
ball hit near the opposing player's body resulting in
a weak return.
- Jump Smash:
jargon for a player's vigorous hit while
jumping into the air. A smooth move!
- Kick Serve:
term for robust spinning hit resulting in a
change of direction when it lands.
lingo for a heavy hit that leaves the opponent unable
to reach and play it.
Tennis Players Terms: M
- Lawn Tennis:
name for the original tennis game location,
played on grass.
a ball touching the net on the serve but
landing in bounds.
- Line Judge:
a person with the responsibility of
ruling the ball in or out of bounds.
a ball hit high in the air into the
hit that is called out of bounds as it lands beyond
the opposing baseline.
tennis game where the losing player scores no points.
It's lost love!
- Love set:
a game set where the losing player won no games.
Tennis Players Terms: N
tennis game that includes games and sets where the
winner is declared based on greater number of sets won.
- Match Point:
the point in a game where a player
can win the entire match by winning the final set with the next point.
term for a loss of a point on service during a
- Mixed Doubles:
typical doubles tennis played with
a male and female on each team.
Tennis Players Terms: O
suspended from a steel cable, equipment divides a tennis court into
halves. Also, the verb, 'to net', refers to hitting the ball into the
- Net Cord:
cable support for the net.
- Net Judge:
game official who monitors and calls lets on
Point: a point won by charging and playing close
to the net.
Usually followed by a definite Yes! with hands into fists motion.
land: lingo for the area located between the baseline and
where it is a challenge to hit groundstrokes or slams.
- Not Up:
term for tennis ball hit at a second bound
resulting in a point loss.
Tennis Players Terms: P
- Offensive Lob:
tennis ball hit deep into opponent's court
while this player is at the net.
- Open Stance:
facing the opponent and hitting
parallel to the baseline.
Volley: shot taken from above the net.
Tournament: both amateurs and professional tennis
players are welcome.
- Open Grip:
occurs when racket faces upward and away from
- Open Racket:
occurs when racket is held with an open grip.
term for tennis shot that ends up outside the
designated playing area.
Smash: the act of hitting down on the
ball, typically on a lob with great velocity.
lingo for topspin.
Wrap: a spongy material wrapped around a
racquets grip to improve comfort and grip on the racquet.
Players Terms is followed by terms R - Z
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refers to the speed that the ball is hit. Do I hear a
"pick up the pace to very high?"
doubles tennis team.
refers to one of the two players on a doubles team.
tennis shot that is hit past the opposing player.
- Pickup Shot:
see half volley.
strategic tennis hit that the opponent cannot
play or reach.
jargon for play by one double player that was
intended for the partner of the team.
term for tennis scoring referred to as fifteen,
thirty, forty, and game.
- Point Penalty:
results in a point loss as determined by the
lingo for inexperienced player who hits plenty of
chip and drop shots.
- Punch Volley:
quick hit stroke.
a competitor who plays defensively as
opposed to trying to score.
a perfectly placed unreturnable shot.
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