double fault

noun

Definition of double fault

: two consecutive serving faults in tennis that result in the loss of a point

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Other Words from double fault

double-fault \ ˌdə-​bəl-​ˈfȯlt How to pronounce double-fault (audio) \ intransitive verb

Examples of double fault in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Djokovic fended off a break point thanks to a gutsy second serve, backhand combination, but cracked at 5-5 on a double fault wide. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic at French Open for record tying 20th major," 11 Oct. 2020 At 5-5, 30-40, Djokovic hit a second serve close to the line that was initially called good but then called out for a double fault after an inspection of the mark by the chair umpire, Damien Dumusois. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Rafael Nadal Routs Novak Djokovic at French Open to Catch Roger Federer," 11 Oct. 2020 Gauff made three double faults in her opening service game and quickly fell behind by 3-0, appearing appeared tight and failing to penetrate with her groundstrokes. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Coco Gauff Delivers Again, in an Electric U.S. Open Win," 27 Aug. 2019 An increasingly erratic Muguruza was undone by eight double faults, three in the final game including one long on match point. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Sofia Kenin wins first grand slam title after beating Garbine Muguruza in the Australian Open final," 1 Feb. 2020 Williams, seeded No. 8, committed seven double faults, including two in the fifth game of the second set. Los Angeles Times, "Serena Williams shakes off struggles to advance at U.S. Open," 30 Aug. 2019 Favorite stat: Jelena Ostapenko had seven (!) double faults in her first service game against Alison Riske. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "50 Parting Thoughts From the 2019 U.S. Open," 8 Sep. 2019 Muguruza subsequently dropped serve from 40-15 -- missing a backhand near the net at deuce after Kenin's return skimmed the tape and then double faulting on break point -- and Kenin didn't look back. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Sofia Kenin wins first grand slam title after beating Garbine Muguruza in the Australian Open final," 1 Feb. 2020 So nearly 10% of his lost points are owed to double faults. 20. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "50 Parting Thoughts From the 2019 U.S. Open," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of double fault

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of double fault was circa 1909

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28 Oct 2020

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“Double fault.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double%20fault. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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double fault

noun

English Language Learners Definition of double fault

tennis : two bad serves that result in the loss of a point

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