passing shot


Definition of passing shot

: a stroke (as in tennis) that drives the ball to one side and beyond the reach of an opponent

Examples of passing shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On break point, Berrettini pulled Djokovic into the net, then connected on a passing shot to get back on serve. New York Times, 11 July 2021 After breaking at 5-5 with a scorching cross-court passing shot, Berrettini drew four unforced errors from Djokovic in a tight service game to wrap up the first set. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 At 5-all in the breaker, Fernandez hit a running forehand passing shot that clipped the net and landed in, giving her a match point. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Hurkacz started it with a fast-twitch forehand passing shot winner on Federer’s serve. New York Times, 7 July 2021 In the second set, Federer smacked a forehand passing shot to earn another break for 3-2. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 5 July 2021 The next break chance ended with a backhand passing shot into the net. Chris Lehourites,, 29 June 2021 First on the defensive, Zverev turned it around and won the point with a passing shot., 2 June 2021 At 3-3 in the first set, Nadal chased down a short ball from Djokovic and whipped a cross-court passing shot for a winner. Andrew Dampf, ajc, 16 May 2021

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First Known Use of passing shot

1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Passing shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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