double fault


Definition of double fault

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

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 In the first-set tiebreaker, a challenge from Zverev forced Djokovic to hit a second serve and resulted in a double fault. Andrew Dampf, ajc, 20 Nov. 2021 The rebirth of this prestigious event had now been ushered in with a double fault. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 The crowd of 25,703 cheered for one last stand by Djokovic, but after one more double fault on championship point, Medvedev prevailed when Djokovic netted a forehand. Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2021 The 158th would surely be the nerviest yet, not least after Berrettini hit his first double fault of the match on the game's first point. Matias Grez, CNN, 9 July 2021 The 34-year-old started the match with a double fault before surviving a break-point in his first service game. Ben Church, CNN, 11 July 2021 But there were errors, too, including a costly double fault by Gauff at break point in the third game of the second set. Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2021 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, 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, 11 Oct. 2020

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


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