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

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Nadal was broken -- on a double fault -- after another first serve was taken away and Medvedev saved two match points to get to 4-5 as the breathtaking rallies continued, one with a rocket backhand down the line. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Nadal edges Medvedev to win fourth US Open and 19th major, only one behind Federer," 9 Sep. 2019 The American double faulted on Andreescu’s set point and gave it to the teenager after an incredibly tense and competitive start to the match. Washington Post, "In U.S. Open final, Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams, and history, and the crowd," 7 Sep. 2019 But Nishikori appeared to struggle at times, getting only half his first serves in and throwing in a double fault on a break point to help Klahn come back from 5-1 down to tie the fourth set. Brian Mahoney, baltimoresun.com, "Roger Federer rallies again, Venus Williams falls at US Open," 28 Aug. 2019 But Nishikori appeared to struggle at times, getting only half his first serves in and throwing in a double fault on a break point to help Klahn come back from 5-1 down to tie the fourth set. Brian Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, "Roger Federer rallies to advance to third round; Venus Williams eliminated," 28 Aug. 2019 There were quite a few bumps in the road, including 11 double faults and 42 unforced errors, but Coco Gauff’s memorable Wimbledon joy ride carried over to a Grand Slam tournament much closer to home on Tuesday. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Coco Gauff Delivers Again, in an Electric U.S. Open Win," 27 Aug. 2019 On Sunday, a huge chunk of fans inside the stadium cheered his errors, including double faults. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Is Novak Djokovic the most unloved superstar in tennis?," 15 July 2019 The two exchanged breaks in the middle of the second set, with Gauff giving her break back with two double faults to even things at 4–4. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Venus Williams Blazed a Trail for Coco Gauff, Who Looks Like the Future of Tennis," 2 July 2019 Her aggression is perhaps most visible on her second serve, which has caused her to hit a tournament-leading 31 double faults. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "At Wimbledon, Surprise Guests Arrive for Manic Monday," 9 July 2018

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circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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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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