double fault


: two consecutive serving faults in tennis that result in the loss of a point
double-fault intransitive verb

Examples of double fault in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Serving at 5-6, Muchova began the game with a double fault and had to fight off four more match points to stay alive. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023 Sabalenka's third double fault ended the set. Arkansas Online, 9 Nov. 2022 Pliskova's serve had been looking imperious from the start, but a double fault when set point down at 30-40 surprisingly handed Sabalenka the opening set. Matias Grez, CNN, 8 July 2021 But Djokovic grabbed a break in the second of Tsitsipas’s service games on a double fault, after Tsitsipas went for too much in an effort to ward off a crushing Djokovic return. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2023 Garcia's sixth and final ace — and tournament-leading 14th — answered a double fault that gave Sakkari another break point. Schuyler Dixon, ajc, 7 Nov. 2022 Kasatkina handed Rogers several free passes in the first set, including a double fault that gave Rogers a 6-1 lead in the tiebreak. Kikue Higuchi, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Aug. 2022 Gauff lost her serve in a hurry in the opening game with a series of errors and one very edgy double fault. New York Times, 4 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of double fault was circa 1909

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“Double fault.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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