SCJTL Training Center

Phone: 631-590-5019


Personal Coaching Services

SCJTL Personal Coaching Services offer services capable of preparing and supporting tennis training needs of every member of the Suffolk County tennis community through private tennis instruction and training for all ages and levels. Offered outdoors from April thru October at designated SCJTL Training Centers.

Tennis 101

Below is the basics of tennis along with it's history and a glossary of terms to help you start your active tennis lifestyle.


Tennis Evolution 1870's - 2017

Tennis Terms


A serve that lands inside the lines and is untouched by the opponent


The point that follows a deuce score. If the player wins this point he wins the game, otherwise it goes back to deuce!


The left side of the tennis court. It is called Ad-Court because the ad points are always played from this side.

Approach Shot

A shot that the player follows to the net is called an approach shot


On a shot with backspin the ball rotates backwards. These shots usually stay pretty low


When you win a game during which your opponent was serving that is called a break in Tennis!

Break Point

The receiver is said to have a break point whenever he is in a situation where a point won results in him winning the game off of the server.


A shot that is hit diagonally into the opponent?s court


A shot that lands very close to the baseline rather than short around the service line


An expression that is used when the actual score is 40-40


The right side of the tennis court. It is called Deuce-Court because all deuce points are played from this side

Double Bagel

A match that ends with the score 6-0 6-0 is often called a double bagel in tennis circles. One of the funniest tennis terms in my opinion

Double Fault

The server has two serves to start the point. Whenever he misses both he looses one point in the game and this situation is called a double fault.


When you have four players on the court and two are playing against two this is called a doubles match.

Down the Line

A shot that is hit straight along the sideline into the opponent?s court


Any shot in Tennis that does not land within the lines that it is supposed to land within is called an error

Foot Fault

The server is not allowed to move over or even touch the baseline during his service motion. If he does so it is a so-called foot-fault and his serve is considered a fault.

Forced Error

When Player 1 hits a really good shot that forces Player 2 to miss that is called a forced error


Whenever the ball bounces on your side before you hit it that is called a Groundstroke. Forehands, Backhands, and Slice Backhands are all groundstrokes.

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