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ace in tennis, a winning serve that is out of the opponent's reach. [1/7 definitions]
Alice Marble U.S. tennis player who won the U.S. tennis championship singles titles four times (1936, 1938-40) prior to working as a spy for U.S. intelligence (b.1913--d.1990).
alley1 the space between the two outer sets of lines on each side of a tennis court, used only in doubles. [1/5 definitions]
Althea Gibson U.S. professional tennis player, who was the first African-American woman to win all the major world singles tennis titles (b.1927--d.2003).
backcourt in tennis, the part of the court between the base line and the service line. (Cf. forecourt.) [1/3 definitions]
backhand a forward movement made with the back of the hand outward, as in a slap or a stroke with a tennis racket. [1/5 definitions]
backspin a reverse spin put on a ball, such as a billiard or tennis ball, that causes it to stop suddenly or move in a backward direction.
backstroke a stroke made with the back of the hand outward, as in tennis. [1/3 definitions]
ball boy a boy or young man who retrieves stray balls during a tennis or baseball game, or who has charge of balls used in practice, as in football and basketball.
ball girl a girl or young woman who retrieves stray balls during a tennis or baseball game, or who has charge of balls used in practice, as in field hockey or volleyball.
bandy previously, a form of tennis. [1/4 definitions]
base line the line at either end of a tennis court that marks the back boundary. [1/3 definitions]
catgut a thin, strong cord made of twisted, dried animal intestines, esp. those of sheep, and used for the strings of tennis rackets and certain musical instruments, and as surgical thread.
chop1 a short downward blow or stroke, as in boxing or tennis. [1/8 definitions]
country club a suburban social club with a clubhouse and facilities for sports such as swimming, golf, and tennis.
court an enclosed or marked off area for playing certain sports such as basketball or tennis. [1/9 definitions]
deuce1 in tennis and other racket sports, a tie score that requires either side to win two successive points in order to win the game. [1/2 definitions]
Don Budge U.S. tennis player who in 1938 was the first man to win the four tournaments that compose the grand slam of tennis (b.1915--d.2000).
double (pl., but used with a sing. verb) in tennis and other games, a match with two players on each side. (Cf. single.) [1/19 definitions]
fault in tennis, a serve that falls outside the service court on the opponent's side. [1/7 definitions]
foot fault in tennis, a violation caused if both feet are not behind the base line when one is serving.