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04-14-2004, 07:28 AM

Could someone list the common tennis slangs used in the United States?

I recently started playing tennis here (am originally from India) and couldnt catch quite a few phrases (like poaching, sand bagging etc).


chad shaver
04-14-2004, 07:32 AM
Sand-bagging is pretending to be a lower level player than you really are.

Poaching is when the player at net moves to volley a shot intended for his/her partner, to either win the point or put the opposing team on the defensive.

Hope this helps.

04-14-2004, 07:41 AM

Could you come up with more such "phrases"?

Camilio Pascual
04-14-2004, 12:18 PM
When one deliberately calls a ball of yours out when it was in, you've been hooked. A hooker is a cheater.
A greaser is a pro who did something that would be cheating under amateur rules. Such as what Henin did at Roland Garros. So, she is not a hooker, but a greaser.

Being double bageled is losing a match 6-0, 6-0.

04-14-2004, 12:25 PM
Cool...keep the list growing.. :)

Frodo Baggins
04-14-2004, 12:45 PM
Camilo:Thats true A Hooker is a cheater :lol: If you know what I mean :wink: hint hint... an a greaser is a pro hmm Better not take my car back to that Gargage Anymore... :lol: :wink:

04-14-2004, 01:54 PM
you've been taped is when you hit a good, hard shot but it hits the white net tape. of course, there is a meat ball, i dont think that one needs explaining. grab 'em is a term used to indicate that you've just been screwed over by your opponent.

04-14-2004, 08:32 PM
Speaking of hookers, I beat ones, coach got was happy because he had been hooking for 4 years... :P theres also no, out, nope, naw, nnn,___,nee, naa , nooooo for faults haha

04-15-2004, 12:52 PM
Here ya go Indian feller:

dirtballer= clay court specialist
banger=power hitter
pusher/dinker=no pace, slices, (*****)
hottie=think Anna K., Maria Sharapova...
moonball=high looping topspin shot
Jackass=think Conners, McEnroe, Mattress Mac...
schooled/smoked/toyed with=beat other guy badly

04-15-2004, 08:54 PM
Jackass=McEnroe... I can understand...was Jim Connors one too??

04-16-2004, 01:09 AM
I thought hookers were the oldest pro's...

04-16-2004, 11:11 AM

Conners was a massive tool and an incredible JACKASS.

04-16-2004, 05:59 PM
Anyone use "shank" for mis-hits or framed balls?

Max G.
04-17-2004, 02:00 PM
Yeah, that's a "shank."

Also - sometimes people abbreviate "fifteen" to "five" when calling the score.

04-17-2004, 09:43 PM
A 6-0, 6-1 score is "A bagel and a breadstick"

04-18-2004, 03:41 AM
This one's my own...

When you "shank" it, and it goes over the net with really weird spin, I call that a "slopspin" shot. See, it's not SLice, not tOP, it's SLOP...


04-18-2004, 10:59 AM
Here's some from the UK, well ones are club has used in the past...

A bandit is the same as a previously explained sand-bagger.
Tubing is to nail the guy at the net in his stomache
Smoked is when you burned someone with a passing shot
saying '5' instead of '15' when you call score.
Dropping the winning set score etc saying you won 5 and 4 means you won 7-5, 6-4.

04-18-2004, 02:51 PM
What's a "tool"?

04-19-2004, 02:44 PM
Another one which I learnt recently...

Jamming - To serve or return straight to the opponent's body

04-19-2004, 03:34 PM
tool is slang for penis

04-19-2004, 04:06 PM
Well, then I guess if you are going to be one, you might as well be a big one.

(And Jimbo was both an *** and a TOOl simultaneously?)

Camilio Pascual
04-20-2004, 03:29 AM
I guess Jimbo could take care of himself!

04-21-2004, 05:23 PM

04-22-2004, 07:24 AM
DNR: (Did not return)....Not quite an Ace, but just as good.

"I served up a bunch of DNR's that game"