ground stroke


Definition of ground stroke

: a stroke made (as in tennis) by hitting a ball that has rebounded from the ground — compare volley sense 1a(1)

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In the fourth and final set, Federer’s ground strokes, unexpectedly, allowed him to outlast Nadal in rallies. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Federer and Nadal’s Wimbledon Rematch Showed Just How Alike the Two Greats Have Become," 12 July 2019 The end result can also increase the number of steps to a lateral target - like ground strokes in tennis., "Optimum Performance: Joining Serena Williams' comeback in Florida," 23 Mar. 2018 With a mix of slice and chips, lobs and bunts, whippy half-volleys and wristy crosscourt ground strokes off both wings, Hsieh pushed Kerber to the extremes and unsettled her rhythm. John Pye, The Seattle Times, "Kerber pulls through a surprising challenge, faces Keys next," 21 Jan. 2018 The preparation showed as her ground strokes were precise from the start, while unseeded Bilokin was prone to unforced errors throughout the one-sided first set. Craig Davis,, "Bradenton's Whitney Osuigwe dominates Orange Bowl tennis final, looks to pros," 11 Dec. 2017 Over the years, his brush strokes have become as admired in sports as Roger Federer’s ground strokes. Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "Peter Max’s U.S. Open Image: Variation on a Classic Theme," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of ground stroke

1895, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ground stroke

tennis : a stroke made by hitting a ball that has bounced off the ground

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