foot fault


Definition of foot fault

: an infraction of the service rules (as in tennis, racquetball, or volleyball) that results from illegal placement of the server's feet

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footfault \ ˈfu̇t-​ˌfȯlt How to pronounce footfault (audio) \ intransitive verb

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Newsletter Sign-up For Williams, the transformation from smooth victory to unprecedented defeat began when she was called for a foot fault on the first serve of her first match point. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Serena Williams Stumbles in Stunning Loss at the Australian Open," 23 Jan. 2019 In 2009, she was called for a foot fault late in the semifinals against Kim Clijsters. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Naomi Osaka Defeats Serena Williams for U.S. Open Title," 8 Sep. 2018 With Serena trying to stay in the match and force a tiebreaker at 5-6 in the second set, she was called for a foot fault on a second serve that gave Clijsters two match points at 15-40. Chris Chase, For The Win, "16 biggest meltdowns in tennis history," 18 May 2018 But with Barsemian serving, he was called for a rare foot fault to give the Indians back the lead, 24-23. Jeff Tully,, "Burroughs volleyball still has Crescenta Valley's number," 7 Apr. 2018 Serving at 5-6, 15-30 in a tight semifinal with Kim Clijsters, Serena was called for a debatable foot fault and went on a rant that made John McEnroe blush. Chris Chase, For The Win, "The 15 moments that have defined Serena Williams' career (so far)," 9 Mar. 2018 Serena was assessed a point penalty which ended the match (the foot fault had brought on match point for Clijsters) and started a wave of controversy for which Serena has still never taken full responsibility. Chris Chase, For The Win, "The 15 moments that have defined Serena Williams' career (so far)," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of foot fault

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foot fault was in 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of foot fault

tennis : the mistake of not keeping your feet behind the baseline when you serve

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