double fault


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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Mladenovic double faulted on her first match point at 40-15 but delivered a strong serve on the next point. USA TODAY, "France wins doubles to beat Belgium 3-2 in Fed Cup," 11 Feb. 2018 In the ensuing tiebreak, Verdasco hit consecutive double faults. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Signs of Possible Match-Fixing in Wimbledon Men’s Doubles," 11 July 2018 Kerber took advantage of Kasatkina’s 31 unforced errors, including seven double faults, but took a while to end things. Howard Fendrich,, "Serena Williams storms back to reach Wimbledon semifinals," 10 July 2018 In tennis a double fault on set point means more than a glorious backhand stroke down the line., "How Karius’ Kiev Nightmare Perfectly Demonstrates the Need for Villains Along With Heroes in Sport," 29 May 2018 Some of these points were certainly just as strenuous and if not more so then when a singles player grabs his towel after almost every point (including aces and double faults). Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: 10 Storylines to Follow at Indian Wells 2018," 7 Mar. 2018 The Winchester High number one doesn’t commit a single double fault in the set and stays patient at the baseline, hitting wide angles and switching between topspin and flat shots to throw off her opponent, letting her make the mistakes. Matt Case,, "Winchester’s Thompson takes place among tennis contenders," 11 May 2018 But several errant serves lead to double faults, and Gauff seized the moment, buckling down and grabbing the energy. Jon Richardson,, "Madeira's McNally falls short in singles, but wins French Open Junior doubles title," 10 June 2018 Nine of those errors were double faults, including four straight at one early stage. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Australian Open: Novak Djokovic Falls to Hyeon Chung," 22 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of double fault

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

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