Glossary of Tennis
- Glossary of Terms follows below:
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Defensive lob – A high, deep shot, which allows
the player on the defence time to recover court
and forces the offensive player away from the net.
Deuce court – side, on which the first point of
each game begins, also called the right court or the
Dink shot – soft dipping shot that just clears
the net; often used in doubles, especially on return
– Failure to hit either of two
serves in play.
Drive volley or swing volley – Hitting the ball
in the air with a longer swing than the normal short
– A delicate shot that barely clears
the net and falls short in the opponent's court.
Drop volley – Same as the drop shot, but hit
off a volley, usually from a position close to the
Daisy cutter A low shot that skids or takes a
very low bounce, usually because of backspin.
Default The failure or refusal of a player to
take part in or complete a match, resulting in a
victory for the opponent. Also used as a verb, as in
"Smith was forced to default because of a knee
Defensive lob A high shot, often used against
an opponent at or near the net, designed to buy time.
Defensive volley A volley, usually hit from
below the top of the net, simply as a means of
returning the opponent's shot to keep a rally going.
See offensive volley; volley.
Deuce When players are tied at 40, the score is
called "deuce". At deuce, a player must win two points
in a row to win the game. If the players split the
following two points, the score reverts to deuce.
The receiver's right service court,
where he or she receives serve when the score is
deuce. The opposite of advantage court.
The server is given two attempts
at a valid serve. If both attempts fail, it is a
double fault and the receiver wins the point. Also
used as a verb.
The act of striking the ball twice
during a single stroke; it results in loss of the
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Doubles A match between two teams of two
Doubles court The playing area for a doubles
match, which includes the two alleys as well as the
singles court. The area is 78 feet long by 36 feet
Down the line Descriptive of a shot that is hit
straight from near the sideline, as opposed to a
Drag volley A volley hit with backspin.
Draw The process by which matches are arranged
and scheduled for a tournament. Generally, seeded
players are given byes or scheduled before the draw,
and names of the other entrants are then randomly
selected to determine match-ups and order of play. The
word is also used to mean the schedule itself, after
the draw has been completed. See also seed.
A soft shot that drops just over the
net; usually hit with backspin to minimize its bounce.
It's most commonly used against an opponent who is
playing deep, as contrasted with the chip shot. This
shot is most effective on a clay court surface.
Drop volley A drop shot that's hit before the
ball has bounced.
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