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Tennis terms can be confusing and may make a tennis newcomer just shake their head in a puzzled fog. Check out this list of the most common tennis terms and you will stop shaking your head and finally understand what all those words mean.

Ace. A powerful serve that blows by the receiver. Or an amazing tennis player.

Advantage in. The server has the advantage and can win on the next point.

Advantage out. The receiver has the advantage and can win on the next point.

Backhand. A tennis stroke where your racquet arm crosses over your body to hit the ball with the back of your racquet hand facing the ball.

Ball Person. The person who gathers the balls that went out of play.

Baseline. The chalk line at the end of the court that marks out-of-bounds.

Court. The area where you play the game of tennis. Can be made of grass, clay or concrete.

Crosscourt. When you hit the ball diagonally over the net onto your opponent's side of the court.

Deuce. A score of 40-40.

Dink. A tennis shot with little or no pace.

Doubles. A four-player game of tennis, with two players on each side of the court.

Fault. A failed serve that doesn't make it into the service box.

Frame. The head or top of the racquet where the strings are.

First Service. The first serve.

Follow Through. The part of your tennis swing after you hit the ball.

Forehand. Tennis stroke where your racquet hand faces forward.

Game Point. When the leading player needs one point to win.

Grand Slam. Four major tennis tournaments: Wimbledon, U.S. Open, the French Open and the Australian Open.

Head. Part of the tennis racquet contained the frame and strings.

Let. A voided serve where a served ball hits the net but makes it onto the service court.

Lob. Tennis stroke where you hit the ball high above the net and it goes deep.

Love. Score of zero in tennis.

Match Point. When the leading player can win the match with just one point.

Mixed Doubles. A doubles match where each team contains one male and one female.

Net. White netting spanning the middle of the tennis court.

No-Man's Land. Area of the tennis court between the baseline and service line.

Out. Any tennis ball that goes outside of the designated playing area.

Point. Time between the successful serve until the ball goes out.

Racquet. Tennis equipment used to hit the ball over the net. Also called a stick.

Receiver. The player who is receiving the serve.

Serve or Service. This has nothing to do with food, but everything to do with hitting the tennis ball to a certain point on the tennis court.

Singles. A two-player game of tennis, with one player on each side of the court.

Stroke. Way of hitting a tennis ball. Can be forehand or backhand.

Volley. Yes, you're still in the tennis terms article. Volleying is when you hit the tennis ball before it touches the ground.


 

 


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