Glossary of Tennis
- Glossary of Terms follows below:
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– mid-court area formed by the junction of
the centre service line and the service lines. You may
hear “a player serves down the T for an ace.”
Tennis elbow – pain caused by too much play,
improper technique, racquet tension or even racquet
Tension – degree of tautness in the strings of
Topspin – hitting over the top of the ball for
forward rotation in flight
T The midcourt area, where the service lines
meet the center service line.
Take 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.
Tandem A doubles formation in which each
partner is responsible for one half of the court, as
divided by the center line. Compare up and back.
Tape The band of white canvas or synthetic
material, 2 to 2½ inches wide, that covers the top of
Team tennis A type of competition between teams of
players, involving singles and doubles matches, in
which the victory is the team that takes the most
Tennis ball The ball used in tennis is a hollow
rubber sphere, 2 to 2 5/8 inches in diameter and
weighing between 2 and 2 1/16 ounces, filled with
pressurized air and covered with a nap of wool and
Tennis elbow Tendinitis of the elbow, often caused
by the strains placed on the joint by playing tennis,
though it may have other causes.
Thirty The second point scored by a player or side
in a game. See point; scoring system.
Throat The thin area of a racket handle, where it
meets the head.
Tie-break A tiebreaker.
Tiebreaker A method of determining the winner of a
set that's tied. The most commonly used is the
13-point tiebreaker, which is won by the player who
first wins 7 points, provided that the margin of
victory is at least 2 points. This is sometimes called
a "lingering death" tiebreaker, on contrast to the
sudden death tiebreaker.
Top seed The player judged to be the best in a
given tournament, usually on the basis of computer
rankings. See seed.
Topspin Forward spin, around the ball's horizontal
axis, that's applied by drawing the racket strings up
and over the ball at the moment of impact. A shot hit
with topspin is more likely to stay in play, because
it drops sharply after reaching its highest point, and
it takes a high bounce.
Touch Precise control of a shot, often resulting
in a placement, as in "She hit that shot with perfect
Triple The feat of winning the singles, doubles,
and mixed doubles championships at a tournament.
Twist A combination of topspin and sidespin on a
serve. See, for example, American twist and reverse
Two-handed backhand A backhand shot on which the
player has both hands on the racket handle.
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