If you want to play tennis like a pro and trash talk like it’s a college beer bong tournament without looking like a joke, you have to know the jargon. Here are some of the key words and phrases to study up on before you hit the courts.
Love: The term for “zero points.” Love may be derived from the phrase “to play for love,” or to “play without wager, for nothing.”
Ace: A serve that isn’t touched by the returner, resulting in a point for the server.
Baseline: The farthest parallel line from the net.
Carry: When the ball rests on the racquet instead of being hit. A deliberate carry results in the loss of a point for the offending player.
Centerline: The line that runs perpendicular to the baseline.
Daisy Cutter: A shot that skids or takes a very low bounce.
Drop Shot: A soft shot that drops just over the net.
Foot Fault: Occurs when a player touches the baseline or centerline during a serve, resulting in the loss of the serve opportunity.
Jam: To hit the ball near or at your opponent’s body, causing an awkward or weak return.