Saturday School: 8 tennis terms worth knowing about

Its never late to learn more and more about one of the world’s best racquet and ball sports, tennis. In the past, the Saturday School initiative has presented to you with a lot of terms that were unknown to tennis fans. Here are eight more terms we add to our list.

1) Blue Collar Tennis

Blue collar is a term used for employment purpose. In a generalized outlook, blue collar refers to individuals who work as manual labors and are paid an hourly compensation for their work. Naturally, these workers do have to toil for their share of happiness. In tennis, the term blue collar tennis is used in a verb form. An under pressure player who tries to win points by putting in extra efforts is said to be playing blue collar tennis.

2) Daisy Cutter

Famously, daisy cutter is a term used in artillery and war. Daisy cutter is a type of fuse, which is used to detonate an aerial bomb above the ground level. This means, that the impact of the blast won’t penetrate the ground. In tennis, a daisy cutter refers to a shot that skids on the surface due to the amount of topspin inculcated by the player on the ball. Such a shot not only sees the ball skid, but it also bounces at a very low level.

3) Dink shot

The meaning of dink can be directly translated as a drop shot. However, the difference is that this shot is more often used in doubles while returning a serve.

4) Dinner Set

In tennis, when a player wins a grand slam, the winner is given a winning “cup” whereas the runner-up is given a “plate/dish.” Since cups and dishes represent all the crockery, a player who wins each slam at least once and also has a runner-up finish at each of the slams, is said to have a “Dinner set.”

5) Egg

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The term “egg” in tennis is nearly associated with the term “moonball,” which has been previously discussed. While moonball means a ball hit high in the air, it is still visible. An “egg” is a shot wherein the ball is hit so high that the opponent cannot even see the ball.

6) Jam & Tube

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A term noted and explained in one of the previous articles of Saturday School was “Brutalizer.” “Tube” is synonymous to brutalizer. The two terms mean hitting the ball right at the opponent’s body. “Jam,” emphasizes more on the opponent’s return to a tube/brutalizer. An orthodox shot which is played in response to a tube or brutalizer is called jam.

7) Puddler

This term is often associated with players who love approaching the net. When a player hits a lot of drop shots and chip shots, he/she is called a puddler. Someone like Mischa Zverev might be associated with this term.

8) Tree

Just like a seed grows itself into a tree, this term is tagged to a player who plays tennis better than his normal game.
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