Glossary of Tennis
- Glossary of Terms follows below:
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A perfect serve in bounds that the opponent cannot
return and is not touched by the receiver.
Ad court The side of the court on
which the second point of each game begins, also
called the left court or the backhand court.
Advantage The player who scores the
first point after
deuce is said to have the advantage, since winning
the next point will also win the game.
Advantage court The left service
court, where the receiver takes service when either
player has the advantage.
Advantage in Indicates that the
server has the advantage.
Advantage out Indicates that the
receiver has the advantage.
Alley Area on each side of the singles
court that enlarges the court area when doubles is
being played; also known as the tramlines. The
alleys are 4 feet wide. Also see
The anatomy of the tennis court.
American twist A serve that has spin
causing it to bounce high and to the receiver's left,
off a right-handed player's racket. Opposite of
Approach shot A shot hit hard and
deep to allow the player to take the net; used from
inside the baseline to enable a player to attack the
Attack the net To move into the
forecourt and toward the net to be able to hit volleys
quickly into the opponent's side of the court. Also
known as take the net.
Australian formation Serving
formation in doubles where the server and server's
partner are initially positioned on the same side of
Australian grip Midway between the
Eastern and continental to facilitate serve-volley
play on grass.
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