Glossary of Tennis
- Glossary of Terms follows below:
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Jam To hit the ball at or near the opponent's
body, forcing an awkward or weak return.
Jump smash A smash that is hit while the player
is jumping into the air.
Kill – to "put the ball away" and end the
Kick serve A serve hit with a great deal of
spin, causing it to change direction when it bounces.
Kill To hit the ball hard into an area where
the opponent can't reach it. See smash.
Lob – a high-arcing shot, usually hit from
behind the baseline, using topspin or under-spin to
Lob volley – hitting a lob off the volley
before the ball bounces. Often used when both players
are at the
Lawn tennis The original name for modern
tennis, based on the fact that it's played on grass,
to distinguish it from court tennis.
Left court Same as advantage court.
Let A stroke that doesn't count and must be
replayed. This most commonly happens when a serve
touches the net before entering the proper service
court. It's also a let if the serve is delivered
before the receiver is ready, if play is interrupted
by some unusual occurrence (such as an animal running
onto the court), or if a linesman's decision that
resulted in stoppage of play is reversed by the
Line judge An official who is responsible for
determining whether or not a shot landed in the court.
They include the baseline judges, service line judges,
and sideline judges.
Lob A shot that is hit in a high arc, usually over
the opponent's head. See defensive lob; offensive lob.
Long Descriptive of a shot that is out because it
hits the court beyond the opponent's baseline.
The term used for no score; originated from the French
indication of no score on their scorecards by an
egg-shaped zero. This was unknown as "L'oeuf'," the
French word for egg. When English-speaking
players began using the word, it sounded like love,
and has been called "love" ever since.
Love Zero; no points. For example, a score of
40-love means that the server has scored three points
and the receiver hasn't scored any. In a set score, it
means that the player hasn't won any games. Probably
derived from the old French word for egg, l'ove,
because a zero is egg-shaped.
Love game A game in which the loser scored no
Love set A set in which the loser won no games.
Lucky Loser A player who lost in the last round of
the qualifying tournament, but got into the
tournament's main draw after a player dropped out due
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