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Tennis Glossary

What Are Some Basic Tennis Terms And Lingo
AceWhen a ball is served so well by a player that the other player is not even able to touch the ball to be able to return it
Advantage (AD)It is the point scored after Deuce (40-40), where if the player with the advantage wins the next point, they will win the game
AllTie game (0-0, 15-15, 30-30)
BackcourtThe area surrounding the baseline
BackhandA swing where a player brings the racquet across their body to make contact with the ball
BaselineThe back line of the court that runs parallel to the net and perpendicular to the perimeter sides of the court
Deuce40-40 (All tied up and the point before advantage): Win by 2 points to win the game, each player has won 3 points already
Double FaultTwo consecutive missed service attempts which causes the player to lose a point
Doubles2 players against 2 players
Drop ShotA softly hit ball that lofts in the air with a lot of backspin before dropping
FaultMissed service attempt
ForehandHitting the ball with your dominant hand holding the racquet on that same side of your body
GamePart of a set which is then part of a match (6 games (win by 2), 3 sets or 5 sets, player to win a series of a best of 3 sets or 5 sets is called a match)
LetPoint played over again because of an interference
LobA ball hit that is well above the head of the opponent forcing them to run back on their side of the court
MatchOverall contest decided by a best of 3 or a best of 5 sets
RallyReturning the ball back and forth while it is in play
ServeWhen one player puts the ball into play to start the point (Alternates every game which player serves)
SetWhichever player has won 6 games (by 2 games or more over the opponent), if not, sudden death occurs
Singles1 player against 1 player
SliceHitting the ball with your racquet in a high to low motion generating backspin
SmashHard overhead shot
TiebreakWay to decide who wins a set when it is tied at 6 games each
TopspinHitting the ball with your racquet in a low to high motion in a forward motion
VolleyHitting the ball before it hits the ground