Are you new to the world of tennis and feeling a little lost with all of the lingo? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of 25 commonly used terms in the sport, along with their definitions. From aces to volleys and everything in between, this table has you covered. So grab your racquet and let’s get started!
|A serve that the receiver fails to touch with their racquet, resulting in a point for the server.
|The left side of the court, from the perspective of the server. Also known as the deuce court.
|The areas on either side of the singles court, outside the singles sidelines.
|The back line at each end of the court, parallel to the net.
|A point in the game when the receiver has the opportunity to win the game by breaking the server’s serve.
|When the score in a game is tied at 40-40.
|A violation that occurs when the server steps on or over the baseline or service line before hitting the serve.
|A shot hit with the front of the racquet hand facing the ball.
|A score of zero.
|A point in the game when the player serving has the opportunity to win the match by winning the point.
|The cord stretched across the top of the net.
|The vertical posts at the corners of the net.
|No Man’s Land
|The area on the court between the baseline and the service line.
|On the Rise
|Hitting a shot immediately after the ball bounces.
|A sequence of shots back and forth between the two players.
|The area on the court from which the server must hit the serve.
|The line at the back of the service box, parallel to the baseline.
|A point in the game when the player serving has the opportunity to win the set by winning the point.
|A game of tennis played by two players, one on each side of the net.
|A shot hit with a downward angle and backspin, causing the ball to spin and bounce low.
|A shot hit with a downward motion and great force, typically at the net.
|A way to determine the winner of a set if the score is tied at 6-6. The player who first reaches seven points, with a lead of two or more points, wins the tiebreak.
|A shot hit before the ball bounces on the court, typically at the net.
|A shot hit to an opponent’s weaker side or an area where they are not as strong.
|A shot that cannot be returned by the opponent and results in a point.