The five essential technical terms to shine in the cafeteria

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30/1/2024 12:07
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6/12/2023 15:58

Each player has a very different style of play. The giant John Isner (2m08) does not play in the same way as the very lively Diego Schwartzman (1m70). To help you develop your tennis vocabulary, click here! This discipline is full of technical terms, but they are not complicated to understand.

Ace: An ace is a winning serve not touched by the opponent. This means that the first move of the game has not been caught. The fastest ace is in fact the work of John Isner and its 253 km/h. In 2012, Sam Groth did better with a winning serve of 263 km/h but the Association of Tennis Professionals did not recognize him.


Cushioned: Cushioning, the art of fine play, the art of surprising. Players are in the habit of shooting hard at the back of the court to force the opponent to make a mistake, without the opponent being able to put the ball back in the opposing court. Sometimes, a bit of finesse doesn't hurt. During a trade, it is possible that a player decides to make a cushion, that is to say a hit very close to the net in order to force his opponent to go to the net. This move, as sneaky as it may be, requires great dexterity.


Break: No ladies and gentlemen, we're not talking about couples! In tennis, a break means that a player has won the game on the serve of his opponent. The majority of games are won by the person serving, so it is rather rare to see a break during a round. On the other hand, it is possible to undefeat your opponent if you manage to take over the game on their serve.


Blank game: A shutout is often expedited, meaning that a player has won all the points contested to win the game played. 15-0, 30-0, 40-0 and then game. A simple empty pass or total dominance by the opponent, a shutout can be anecdotal in a match.


Passing: During a successful pass, the audience will surely stand up to applaud! During the exchange, a player may decide to go up to the net to take back the volley ball (without bouncing). The aim is to surprise your opponent by attacking quickly and well. However, the attacking player may be surprised with a passing, a shot held down the line. The sprinkler watered.

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