Sports - Tennis
Kill – to "put the ball away" and end the point.
Lob – a high-arcing shot, usually hit from behind the baseline, using topspin or under-spin to regain
Lob volley – hitting a lob off the volley before the ball bounces. Often used when both players are at the
Mid-court – the area around the service lines, halfway between the net and the baseline. Also known as "No man's
Moon ball – A very high lob mixed into a baseline exchange, primarily used to change the tempo.
Net rusher – player who aggressively moves forward to a position at the net.
Offensive lob – played from an intermediate or offensive position, usually hit with a lower trajectory than the
defensive lob, and intended to win the point. Often hit with topspin.
Open stance – any hitting stance where the back foot is closer to the path of the ball than the front foot.
Overhead smash – stroke played above the head with a service-type action, usually from near the net and in
response to a lob.
Passing shot – groundstroke that passes a player at the net on either side.
Punch volley – marked by a very short ‘punching' movement of the racket.
Put away volley – hit beyond the opponent's reach.
Rally – Play exchange between two or more players.
Ready position – shot preparation. Weight slightly forward, knees slightly bent, racket up and in front of the
Semi-Western grip – midway between the Western and Eastern grips.
Serve-and-volley – style of play that involves rushing toward the net immediately after the serve, in order to
make a volley off the return.
Service box – area on the other side of the net in which a serve must land in order to be legal.
Service break – one player wins a game while the other player is serving.
Service line – line in mid-court that marks the boundaries of the service boxes.
"T" – mid-court area formed by the junction of the centre service line and the service lines. You may hear "a
player serves down the T for an ace."
Tennis elbow – pain caused by too much play, improper technique, racquet tension or even racquet grip size.
Tension – degree of tautness in the strings of a racket.
Topspin – hitting over the top of the ball for forward rotation in flight
Volley – playing the ball in the air before it bounces.
Western grip – developed on hard courts in California, allowing a player to hit high-bouncing balls with power
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