ground stroke


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pegula has superb timing and consistency on her ground strokes, serious court smarts, and an inextinguishable competitive fire. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2023 Williams cut down on her mistakes and drilled one ground stroke after another deep in the court, pushing Anett Kontaveit back on her heels. Brandon Griggs, CNN, 31 Aug. 2022 His ground strokes were perfectly calibrated, his serve devastating, his drop shot dying on the bounce. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2020 Medvedev did have near everything else: clean ground strokes, varying point patterns, improvisational daring, unwavering self-belief. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2019 Men | Women While Federer was out of sorts early, Nagal hit strong, confident ground strokes, pushing Federer back on his heels. David Waldstein, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2019 Svitolina, seeded eighth here at Wimbledon and playing in her first grand slam semifinal, put up more of a fight in the second set but was powerless against the Romanian's thundering ground strokes. Matias Grez, CNN, 11 July 2019 In the fourth and final set, Federer’s ground strokes, unexpectedly, allowed him to outlast Nadal in rallies. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 12 July 2019 The end result can also increase the number of steps to a lateral target - like ground strokes in tennis., 23 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ground stroke was in 1895

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“Ground stroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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