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Tennis Terminology, Tennis Court Diagram and Tennis Positions

 

 

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TENNIS TERMS

Ace  

A serve that lands in but out of the reach of your opponent.

 

Deuce

 

 

When the score is tied at 40 to 40.

 

 

Double Fault

 

 

When your serve is called out two times in a row.

 

Drop Shot  

A ball hit lightly with spin.

 

 

Love

 

A score of zero.
Ground Stroke  

A shot hit back at the baseline. There are two types of ground stokes the forehand and backhand. A forehand ground stoke is swung using one arm. For the backhand you can use a one or two hand swing.

 

 

Serve

 

 

The first shot of every point. A very import shot to perfect.

 

 

Volley

 

 

This is a short punch at the ball taken at the net. Not a full swing.

 

 

Lob

 

 

This is a shot hit high in order to project the ball over the opponent’s head .

 

Advantage

 

The person who scores the next point after deuce is said to have the advantage or “ad”.

 

Alley

 

The area between the singles and doubles sidelines.

 

Cross-Court

 

Descriptive of a shot that is hit from one side of the court to the other, as well as over the net.

 

Doubles

 

A match between two teams of two players each.

 

Down The Line

 

Descriptive of a shot that is hit straight from the near sideline, as opposed to a cross-court shot.

 

Match

 

A contest of the best 2 out of 3 sets, or the best 3 out of 5 set.

 

Game

 

A contest in which one player or side serves throughout. The first contestant to take four points wins the game, but the margin of victory must be at least two points. Scoring follows the sequence, Fifteen-Thirty-Forty-Game.

 

 

TENNIS COURT DIAGRAM

   

 

TENNIS POSITIONS

Ready position  
  • Feet shoulder-width, knees bent.
  • Stand on balls of feet, hands in front and racquet up

 

Forehand stroke  
  • Turn and face towards sideline
  • Racquet back to hip
  • Wait for ball to drop to hip height
  • Look at ball, read it as it comes to you
  • Finish racquet on edge

 

Backhand stroke  
  • Turn and face toward sideline
  • Grip-turn racquet clockwise
  • Contact made in front of right hip for right-handers and left for left-handers
  • Wait for ball to drop to knee height and swing through the ball

 

Volley  
  • In ready position, step and punch
  • Hand below ball
  • Shoulders face net with wrist and grip firm
  • Racquet never goes behind front shoulder

 

Serve  
  • Hold ball at shoulder level
  • Toss ball 1 foot above release position
  • Extend arm fully
  • Reach for ball
  • Snap wrist
  • Follow through with racquet finishing by opposite calf