With all the excitement of the FIFA World Cup 2014, you may have not noticed that we’re in the middle of Wimbledon 2014. It won’t have escaped tennis lovers’ notice, however, who will have been enjoying one of the Grand Slam Tournaments of the year here in Wimbledon, London.
Together with Royal Ascot, Henley Royal Regatta, and The Ashes, Wimbledon is one of the regular summer events we have in London. When you think of Wimbledon, you picture strawberries and cream, great tennis and the reliable British weather!
I have many clients who enjoy watching tennis. Some of them stayed with me during the Wimbledon season and found it hard to follow the television commentary or to simply discuss a match in English with my husband, a tennis lover. They didn’t have the tennis vocabulary in English.
So I thought I’d dedicate this post to all my clients and English Language learners who share a love for tennis by sharing a list of 10 key words you’ll need to follow and discuss a match in English.
1. Ace – a winning serve which the receiver fails to touch with his or her racket.
Ex: Andy Murray won the match thanks to having served 10 aces. 2. Backhand – a stroke in which the ball struck on the opposite side of the body to the racquet hand.
Ex: If your opponent is right-handed and has a weak backhand, you must hit the ball to his/her left if you can.
3. Break Point – a point which will result in a break of service if it’s won by the receiver. Ex: Federer has break point. He is 30-40 up. If he wins the point, he wins the championship.
4. Deuce – a score of 40 – 40, after which a player must win two consecutive points to win the game.
Ex: It’s deuce on Nadal’s serve. He is two points from victory.
5. Double Fault – two faults served in a row, resulting in the server losing the point.
Ex: After serving a fault, my second serve was slower to avoid a double fault.
6. Drop Shot – a gentle shot that just drops over the net.
Ex: Serena played a perfect drop shot that took her opponent by complete surprise.
8. Groundstroke – a shot hit from the back court after the ball has bounced.
Ex: Djokovic is hitting fantastic groundstrokes and has got his opponent on the run.
9. Rally – a long series of shots
Ex: The longest rally in the match went on for 22 shots before Federer put it away with a perfect volley.
10. Volley – a shot on which the ball is hit before it bounces.
Ex: Volleys can be hard to control, so you need to have a strong wrist.
Did you know?
The “zero“ in tennis (only) scores is known as “love”. It comes from the French word “oeuf”, meaning egg. It was used because the egg’s round shape resembles the figure zero (0).
Tennis Idioms used in everyday life:
the ball is in your court – it’s your decision or responsibility to do something
Ex: I’ve done all I can. The ball is in their court now.
get into the swing – to be comfortable doing something after some time
Ex: It will probably take me a month in the job before I get into the swing of things.
Do you play tennis? Do you enjoy watching tennis? Are you watching Wimbledon 2014? Who would you like to see win this year?
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Source: English Club
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