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Ace: A serve missed completely by a receiver.
Advantage: The first point won by a player after deuce.
Cary: Hitting the ball twice.
Deuce: Both teams or players are tied at 40/40.
Drop Shot: A lightly hit ball that just carries the net.
Fault: A faulty service-either into the net or out of the appropriate section.
Foot Fault: A loss of a point due to a server's toe or foot touching in court or on baseline before ball hits racket. That is as much cheating as a bad call.
Game: The fourth point won by player, unless there
is a deuce whereupon the player must score two consecutive points.
Ground Stroke: Hitting the ball after it bounces.
Let: A serve that is replayed due to hitting net and falling into proper court, or for any other reason at referee's decision.
Lob: A high return usually over opponent's head.
Love: A score of zero.
Passing Shot: A shot out of opponent's reach on any shot but serve.
Poaching: In doubles when player infringes on partner's territory.
Volley: Hitting the ball before it bounces except on serve.
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