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Tennis

ace

noun

in tennis, a very fast serve (=first hit of the ball) that your opponent cannot reach with their racket

ace

verb

to hit an ace in tennis or golf

advantage

noun

used for saying the name of a player in tennis who wins the point after deuce

alley

noun

one of the two narrow areas at either side of a tennis court that are used when four people are playing

bagel

verb

to beat someone by six games to zero in a set of tennis

ball boy

noun

a boy whose job is to pick up tennis balls at a tennis match and throw them back to the players

ball girl

noun

a girl whose job is to pick up tennis balls at a tennis match and throw them back to the players

break

noun

in tennis, a game that someone wins when their opponent is serving

break point

noun

in tennis, a situation in which, if a player wins the next point, they will win a game in which their opponent is serving

clay

noun

a hard surface made from clay on which tennis is played

the Davis Cup

an important international men’s tennis competition held every year

deuce

noun

the score in tennis when both players have 40 points

doubles

noun

a game such as tennis played between pairs of players. Singles is the word for a game played between individual players

double fault

noun

in tennis, a situation in which a player loses a point by doing two bad serves one after the other

drop shot

noun

a shot in tennis in which the ball falls suddenly so your opponent cannot reach it easily

fault

noun

a service in tennis in which the ball does not land inside the correct area

footfault

noun

a mistake that you make in tennis when you let your foot touch the line when you are serving

forehand

noun

a way of hitting the ball in tennis with the palm of your hand toward your opponent

grass

noun

a tennis court made of grass

ground stroke

noun

in tennis, an attempt to hit the ball after it has touched the ground. Hitting the ball before it touches the ground is called a volley.

hard court

noun

a tennis court with a hard surface that is not grass or clay

in

adjective, adverb, preposition

a ball that is in during a game such as tennis or basketball is within the area of play

lawn tennis

noun

the game of tennis

let

noun

in tennis, a service that hits the net and must be played again

love

noun

a score of no points in tennis

match

noun

in tennis, a competition consisting of a specific number of sets (=series of games)

match point

noun

in tennis, the last point that a player needs to win in order to win a match

mixed doubles

noun

a game, especially a game of tennis, in which a man and a woman play together against another man and woman

net

noun

in tennis, the thing that players hit the ball over

the Open

a way of referring to an important international sports competition, especially a competition in golf or tennis

service line

noun

the line on a tennis court that the ball has to land behind when a player is serving

set

noun

in tennis and some other sports, a part of a match consisting of at least six games

singles

noun

in tennis, a match played between two people

smash

verb

in tennis, to hit a ball that is above your head downward and very hard

smash

noun

in tennis, the action of hitting a ball above your head downward very hard

tennis

noun

a game in which two or four people use rackets to hit a ball across a net. A player scores a point when their opponent cannot hit the ball back. Tennis is played on a tennis court.

unseeded

adjective

an unseeded tennis player is not expected to win a competition and has not been given a position on the official list of best players

Wimbledon

an important international tennis competition that is played every year in Wimbledon, in London, England

break someone’s serve/service

in tennis, to win a game in which your opponent is serving

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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