Tennis is a 2 or 4 player game that is played on a rectangular court covered in clay, grass, a hard surface or an artificial surface. The players have a racket and must hit a small ball over a net to their opponent(s).​

tennis idioms and expressions

Many idioms originated from tennis and here is a list of them with picture examples.

tennis idioms and expressions

ball in one`s court

meaning – someone else has to make the decision or deal with the problem/responsibility
example – I paid for his rehab and got him a job; the ball is in his court now.

tennis phrases - ball in one`s court

in full swing

meaning – operating fully, the level of activity is at its highest
example – I love this time of year; the football season is in full swing.

tennis idioms - in full swing

rally around/round

meaning – unite to support someone/something
example – Becca’s son was killed in a car accident. We all need to rally round and show our support.

tennis expressions - rally around/round

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