Glossary of Tennis
- Glossary of Terms follows below:
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Mid-court the area around the service lines,
halfway between the net and the baseline. Also known
No man's land.
A very high lob mixed into a
baseline exchange, primarily used to change the tempo.
player who aggressively moves forward to
a position at the net.
Match A tennis contest made up of sets, as a
set is made up of games. In major competition, a men's
match is made up of five sets and the winner is the
player who first wins three sets. Women usually play
Match point A point that will end the match if it
is won by the leading player or side. See also set
point; game point.
Midcourt The area of the court in the vicinity of
the service line.
Mini-break Loss of a point on service during a
Mixed doubles Doubles competition in which each
team is made up of one female and one male player.
Net The barrier that divides a tennis court
into lengthwise halves. It's a web, usually made of
braided synthetic material, suspended from a steel
cable that's strung between two 3½-foot metal posts
located 3 feet outside the sidelines. The cable is
covered by a band of canvas or synthetic material, 2
to 2½ inches wide. A 2-inch wide center strap, also
made of canvas or synthetic material, holds the net
taut at the center. As a verb, "to net" means to hit
the ball into the net.
Net cord The cable that supports the net.
Net cord judge An official who is responsible for
calling lets on service. This judge sits in front of
the umpire's chair, at one end of the net, and rests
one hand on top of the net in order to feel vibrations
set up if the ball hits the net cord. Also called net
judge. See let.
Net game A playing style in which the player takes
every opportunity to rush the net. To be contrasted
with baseline game.
Net man In doubles, the partner who is stationed
near the net during his or her partner's service.
No-man's land The area between the baseline and
the service line, so called because a player who is
caught there finds it difficult to hit ground strokes
and isn't close enough to the net to hit slams.
Not up Said of a ball that is hit just as it's
bouncing for the second time. Results in loss of
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