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A handy guide to Wimbledon phrases

Wimbledon is everybody’s favourite time of year because even if you don’t like tennis, it’s a reason to tuck into some strawberries and cream!

Whether you’re watching from Murray Mound, on your TV at home, or fancy playing yourself, you need to know what all the phrases mean.

So we’ve selected some of the words you might hear and not understand at Wimbledon so you can be king or queen of the courts…

Love

We know you all love Haven, but in tennis love actually means zero points!

Deuce

No that’s not a delicious soft drink, it’s what it’s called in tennis when the score in a game reaches 40-40!

Break

When the player serving loses the game, it can break his/her heart a little. At least I think that’s why it’s called that?!

Grand Slam

It may sound like a wrestling move, but it’s actually the name of any of the four major tennis tournaments – Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open

Alley

This is the part of the court which is only used for doubles matches

Dropshot

A dropshot is when the player attempts to get the ball to land as close to the net as possible

Fault

It’s when you make a serve which doesn’t land in play

Rally

A rally is when players hit the ball back and forth without it going out of play

Hawk-Eye

They now use hawks to check whether a ball is in or out! Of course that’s not true it’s just the name of the technology which does just that

Ace

This is when you win a point off your serve without your opponent being able to return it. Maybe that’s because getting one is totally ‘ace’!

Baseline

If you were hoping for a certain type of music, you’re in the wrong place! This is the line showing the back of the court

Let

Think this might be short for ‘let them have another go’. When a serve hits the net but lands within the service box, they are allowed to retake the shot

Groundstroke

Are you thinking of a player laying down and stroking the ground? Obviously that’s not right, this is when a shot is played after the ball has bounced on the ground

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