Love, set and match

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 February, 2009, 12:00am

When you are reading about tennis in a newspaper or listening to the commentary on a tennis match on TV, are you confused by some of the words or phrases being used? Here is a guide to understanding tennis terms. Would anyone care for a game of tennis?

Do you know the meanings of these words or phrases used in tennis?

1 All

a. the match is almost finished

b. the players have the same score

2 Match point

a. one of the players will win the match with the next point he/she gets

b. both players have not yet scored a point

3 The baseline

a. the lines marking the back and front of a tennis court

b. the final five minutes of a tennis match

4 A half-volley

a. a shot hit just as the ball bounces

b. a shot hit when the ball is in the air

5 Doubles

a. a tennis match involving four players

b. a tennis match involving six players

6 Love

a. each player has zero points

b. each player has 40 points

7 A rally

a. the place where a tennis match is played

b. the exchange of shots between players

8 The receiver

a. the person who makes sure the rules of the game are obeyed

b. the player who hits the ball after a serve

9 The server

a. the player who hits the ball first

b. the player who hits the last ball

10 Deuce

a. when the score gets to 40/40

b. when the score is at zero

Read all about it

A friend has been listening to an online tennis commentary. She has noted down some sentences she
didn??t fully understand. She asks you to explain ...

1The score is now love-all

a. both players have a score of 40 points

b. both players have a score of zero

2 The favourite is out of the match

a. the stronger player is going to win the match

b. the player that everyone expected to win is now not going to win the match

3 For a moment, it looked as if the underdog was going to win

a. it looked as if the favourite was going to win

b. it looked as if the weaker player was going to win

4 That was a brilliant half-volley

a.. the player hit the ball high into the air

b the player hit the ball brilliantly as it bounced

5 The ball went over the baseline

a.. the ball went outside the playing area

b the ball hit the net

6We are now at match point

a. the next point could win the match

b. the match has only five minutes to go

7 Oh dear, that was a really poor service

a the serve by the player was not good

b the final hit of the game was not good

8 This is a wonderful match. Rafael Nadal is playing at his peak

a. Nadal is playing the best tennis he has ever played

b. Nadal is not playing well

Tennis role playing

You are talking to a friend about a tennis match. How would you say ?K

1Your favourite is playing the best tennis he has ever played

2 The score is now 40/40 for both players

3 The next point could be the point that wins the match

4 Both players have got no points

5 He's playing in a game for four players tomorrow

6 That was a good exchange of hits

7 Nadal is going to be the first player to hit the ball

8 The score is 15 points for both players

... and finally

...... underline the words in this list that have NOTHING to do with tennis.



Love all: 1. b, 2. a, 3. a, 4. a, 5. a, 6. a, 7. b, 8. b, 9. a, 10. a

Read all about it: 1. b, 2. b, 3. b, 4. b, 5. a, 6. a, 7. a, 8. a

Role playing: He's playing at his peak / It's now deuce / It's match point / It's love-all / He's playing doubles / That was a good rally / Nadal is the server / The score is 15-all

And finally: goal / bat / track / referee / javelin / sprint


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