a serve that is a winner without the receiving tennis player able to return the ball.
the part of the tennis court that is to the left of the tennis players
when a tennis player needs one more point to win the game after the score was deuce.
the extra area of the side court used for doubles.
stand for the Association of Tennis Professionals
a way to swing the tennis racquet where the player hits the ball with a swing that comes across the body.
spin of a tennis ball that causes the ball to slow down and/or bounce low.
the motion of a swing that moves the racquet into position to swing forward and strike the ball.
the line indicating back of the court.
a tennis player whose strategy is to play from the baseline. See Tennis Strategies for more.
when the server loses the game
one point away from breaking serve
blocking a shot with backspin
Chip and charge
an aggressive strategy to return the opponent's serve with backspin and move forward to the net for a volley
a tennis shot with extreme backspin. Meant to stop the ball where it lands.
another name for a player who is a defensive baseliner.
the area where a tennis game is played
hitting the tennis ball diagonally into the opponent's court
refers to a shot that bounces near the baseline verses near the net
when the score in a game is 40 to 40.
the right side of the court
two missed serves in a row. The server will lose the point.
a tennis game played by four players, two per side of the court.
Down the line
hitting a tennis shot straight down the baseline
a strategy where the tennis player hits the ball just go over the net. It is used when the opponent is far from the net.
a drop shot from a volley
a service that is not in play.
the first of the two serves of a tennis ball a player is allowed. Generally the server will try a more difficult serve on the first service.
a shot with little to no spin
the part of the swing after the ball is hit. A good follow through is important for accuracy and power.
when the server steps over the baseline while making a serve.
a tennis swing where the player hits the tennis ball from behind their body. Often the forehand is the players best stroke.
one point away to win the tennis game.
any one of the four most prestigious tennis tournaments including the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
a forehand or backhand shot made after the tennis ball bounces once on the court
the top part of the racket that has the strings and is meant to hit the ball.
when the server wins the tennis game.
a formation in doubled where the both players stand on the same side of the court prior to starting the point.
to hit the tennis ball straight to the opponent's body not allowing them to extend the racquet to hit the ball well.
a serve with a lot of spin causing the ball to bounce high
when the tennis ball from a service touches the net but still lands within the service box. The server gets another try as this does not count as a fault.
a tennis shot where the ball is lifted high above the net. Can be a defensive shot in some cases, but also may cause a winner when the ball is just out of reach of the opponent, but still lands in play.
zero points in a tennis game.
when one tennis player only needs one more point to win the entire match
any tennis ball that lands outside the area of play.
when the tennis ball is hit such that it passes by the opponent at the net without them being able to hit the ball.
an aggressive strategy in doubles where the tennis player at net attempts to volley a shot hit to their partner on the baseline.
the main piece of equipment in tennis. It has a long handle and a oval shaped head with a string mesh stretched across it. It is used by the tennis player to hit the ball.
when players hit the ball back and forth to each other while the ball is landing in play.
when a tennis player needs one point to win the set
a tennis game played by two players
the second serve that the server is allowed after missing the first serve. This serve must be successful or the server will lose the point (called a double fault).
starts the point by the server hitting the tennis ball into the opponents half of the court
Serve and volley
a tennis strategy where the player serves and then charges forward to the net for a volley off of the return.
rotation of the tennis ball as it moves through the air. Skilled tennis players can control the spin and, therefore, the ball's trajectory and bounce
when one player wins every set in a match.
when the tennis ball spins forward. This can cause it to bounce higher as well as dip down quickly.
a missed shot by a player that was not caused by any excellent play by their opponent.
a shot where the ball is hit by the player's racquet before the ball hits the ground.
an outstanding tennis shot that cannot be returned by the opponent.
stands for Women's Tennis Association