Tennis Dictionary

Term Meaning
Ace A winning serve without a return ball from receiving tennis player.
Advantage When a player require one more point to win after the score is 40 to 40.
Alley The area at the side court used for doubles
ATP Stands for the Association of Tennis Professionals.
Backhand A swing of the racket that come across the body.
Backspin A spin that results in the ball slowing down or bounce low.
Backswing A motion that positions the racket to swing forward and hit the ball.
Baseline A line marking the back of the court.
Break When the loss of the game falls on the server.
Break Point A point away from breaking serve.
Crosscourt When the ball is hit diagonally into the opponent's court.
Deep A shot that bounces near the baseline.
Deuce The score of the game at 40 - 40.
Double Fault Missing two serves in a row which results in the server losing the point.
Drop Shot A strategy where a player hits the ball just over the net to take advantage over the opponent being far from it.
Fault A service not in play.
First Service The first of two serves by a player.
Flat A service that lacks spin or non at all.
Follow Through The part of swing after hitting the ball which is important for power and accuracy.
Foot Fault When a server steps over the baseline during a serve.
Forehand A swing that comes from behind the player's body.
Game Point A point away from a win.
Groundstroke A forehand or backhand shot taken after the ball bounces once on the court.
Hold When the game is won by the server.
Jamming When the ball is hit straight to the opponent's body with no opportunity to extend the racket to hit the ball.
Kick Serve A serve with a lot of spin resulting in the ball to bounce high.
Love Zero points in a tennis game.
Rally When players hit the ball back and forth to each other.
Set Point When a point is needed to win a set.
Sweet Spot A vibration node, located near the center of the strings of the racket.
Topspin Is a property of a ball that rotates forwards as it is moving. It imparts a downward force that causes the ball to drop, due to its interaction with the air.
Volley Where the ball is hit before it hits the ground.