base·​lin·​er | \ ˈbās-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce baseliner (audio) \

Definition of baseliner

: a tennis player who stays on or near the baseline and seldom moves to the net

Examples of baseliner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fritz went up a break in the second game of the opening set against fellow baseliner Rublev, converting his third break point chance when Rublev sent a forehand long. Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2022 The sinewy baseliner has long stood in the shadow of the ever-popular Federer and Nadal, despite his historical advantage over both. Jason Gay, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 McNally is the more effective server, and the better volleyer, while Gauff is the steadier baseliner. Michael J. Lewis, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2021 Nishioka, 24, is a steady baseliner who, though just 5-foot-7 can puzzle opponents with both his relentlessness and ability to mix-up his shots. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2020 On Monday, the big-hitting Japanese baseliner faced compatriot Misaki Doi in the night session. Ravi Ubha And Jill Martin, CNN, 1 Sep. 2020 Power baseliner Kvitova won the first two -- including in Melbourne in January -- but Barty and her all-court game have grabbed the last three. Ravi Ubha, CNN, 31 Oct. 2019 After the first serve—which gives a player a definite advantage at the start of a point—the forehand is the basis of the modern baseliner’s game. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2019 But Barty was beaten in the fourth round on Sunday by Wang Qiang, the hard-hitting Chinese baseliner who will face Williams in a quarterfinals on Tuesday. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, 2 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of baseliner

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Baseliner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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