top·​spin | \ ˈtäp-ˌspin How to pronounce topspin (audio) \

Definition of topspin

: a rotary motion imparted to a ball that causes it to rotate forward in the direction it is traveling

Examples of topspin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the first edition of the French Open to feature night sessions and the king of clay felt that the cooler temperatures as the match progressed played to Djokovic’s strengths — mainly by taking some of the sting out of Nadal’s topspin. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 11 June 2021 Barty, meanwhile, kept up her mixture of clean topspin and clever slices that skimmed low off the grass to force the 6-foot-1 Pliskova all over the court. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 10 July 2021 With the help of Renée Richards, a new coach who played professional tennis in the 1970s after undergoing transition surgery Navratilova learned a topspin backhand and a crushing forehand volley. New York Times, 6 June 2021 Barty is a righty who relies on heavy topspin for a forehand packed with power, and her slice backhand can produce tricky bounces on the grass., 8 July 2021 Roger Federer, who struggles -- relatively speaking -- with high-bouncing topspin to his backhand, won the Hamburg Masters four times. oregonlive, 7 Oct. 2020 The theory here is that cooler fall conditions don’t suit Nadal’s game, pulling down on his heavy, explosive topspin. oregonlive, 7 Oct. 2020 Swiatek does it with tremendous play at the baseline, picking up balls early and smacking big groundstrokes with thick topspin. Howard Fendrich And Jerome Pugmire,, 8 Oct. 2020 With two outs in the seventh, Tyler Duffey fooled Martin Maldonado with a curveball that dived into the dirt, and got a routine bouncer to third, perhaps with a little extra topspin, as his reward. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of topspin

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for topspin

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“Topspin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of topspin

: a forward spinning motion of a ball


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