Know the Lingo

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You should know what all these terms mean, so even if you can’t play tennis yet, at least you will sound like you know what you’re talking about. This list will be slowly updated, but for now, use your best Google-Fu to find out.

Terms

Groundstrokes  – ‘Federer’s groundstrokes are the best in the game.’

Volleys – ‘The problem with Roddick is he couldn’t volley.’

Rally – ‘Did you see that crazy rally at the Shanghai Open last night?’

Serve – ‘You’ve got to increase your first serve percentage if you want to win.’

Let – ‘They kept calling let throughout the whole match’

Swinging Volley – ‘Swinging volleys are my favorite shot. I like the aggression.’

Lob – ‘All that player would ever do is lob me when I came to net.’

Breaking Serve – ‘you can’t expect to win if you never break serve.’

Up a Break – ‘since I’m up a break, I just have to cruise through my service games to win the match.’

Forehand – ‘My forehand is my best groundstroke’

Backhand – ‘Your backhand is your weaker groundstroke’

Overhead Smash – ‘He kept missing overheads. He must not practice very much.’

Short Hop – ‘He was so slow going into the net, he kept having to hit short-hops at his feet.’

Return of Serve – ‘My returns are fantastic’

Dropshot – ‘He has great touch and dropshots.’

Angle – ‘incredible angle from so far back in the court’

Slice – ‘she can only ever hit a slice. No topspin at all.’

Topspin – ‘Heavy topspin!’

Approach Shot – ‘Nice approach, I didn’t see you coming into the net’

Passing Shot – ‘Nice pass. I have to stop coming into the net with you!’

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Pusher – ‘You never attack, you’re just a pusher!’ (derogatory term)

Movement

Ready Position

Shuffle Step

Karaoke Step

Stutter Steps

Balance

Hitting

Open Stance

Neutral Stance

Closed Stance

Pronation

The Court

Doubles Alleys

Service Box

Service Tee

Net

No Man’s Land

Racquet

Head

Frame

Throat

Grip

Overgrip

Buttcap

Gromets

Shock Absorber

Sweet Spot

Strings

Guage

Gut

Kevlar

Tension

Mains

Crosses

Okay, bored of this? Check out the next lesson on How to Grunt Like a Champion.

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