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Underground Tennis Dictionary

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There are many official terms used in tennis: "groundstroke", "let", "f*** you, ref!", etc.  Yet my friends and I, in our free-court-using shinanagans, have compiled our own rich dictionary of terms for things that don't come up in your typical game of tennis.

Josh - the instance when a ball hits the top of the net and bounces over during play.
   On a serve, a josh is called a let if it bounces into the service court, which results in an unpenalized re-serve.  The josh is named after our friend Josh, who when we first played tennis managed to keep hitting the ball so it bounced over the top.  As far as we know, this occurance doesn't have a name, so we named it after him.  This can be used in expressions such as "you joshed me" or "stop joshing me, Josh!".
   When the ball hits the top of the net but bounces into your own court, it is called a backjosh.
 
 
Round - a variable length of play when practicing rallies, which lasts until neither player has any balls on them and loose balls then need to be collected.
   A round is a vague measurement of play time, since loose balls can be collected when the opportunity arises (see utter disdain), or when they roll back to or are caught in mid-air by a player (see "It's a sign!").  Rounds are typically considered when you are subbing off with other players, and can then judge "one more round and you're in" when appropriate.
 
 
End on a High Note - finishing a game, turn, round, or practice session with a well-played and purposeful shot or series of shots.
   A high note consists of a skillful (and preferably intentional) shot that your opponent cannot return, or winning a particularly heated rally.  Typically attributed to practice rallying, ending on a high note is a desireable goal and a way of signifying the end of the game, followed by switching partners or stopping entirely.
 
 
Utter Disdain - picking up loose balls on the court while the current point is still in play.
   Usually done while near a loose ball to save time picking it up later, and/or simply as a hilarious "screw you" to your opponent.  By retrieving balls while still playing, one shows utter disdain for their opponent's ability to return the ball and therefore doesn't need to try that hard, and can even perform the lowly job of a ballboy while the point is still going.  Another variation is simply walking off the court after hitting your shot.
 
 
"It's a Sign!" - a fairly stupid exclamation for when a ball rolls back to you or in some other way returns to you, considered as a sign that you need to keep playing.
   This tends to be said during the end of a round as a silly excuse to delay subbing off and continue playing.  Used purely for comedic effect.
 
 
Do a Solid - going out of your way to do something that is helpful to people playing tennis.  This can come in many forms, such as tossing back wayward tennis balls, retrieving balls shot outside the fence, or turning on the outdoor lights for non-club members.
 
 
Hat Trick - faulting on three (that's right, three) consecutive serves.
   Hat tricks occur during serve practice, as players can typically carry only three balls at one time and would serve them consecutively.  Variations include the classic Faber hat trick in which all three go into the net, and the Vincent hat trick, in which the first two go into the net and the third is catapulted way out of bounds and, if done properly, over the fence.
 
 
Suck-it Shot - a fast, highly top-spinned shot to the corner of your opponent's backhand side.
   Named because it is highly difficult to return, it shows off the skill of the shooter while also irritating their opponent.  Also counting as an excellent high note, it in effect rubs in your opponent's face the fact that they couldn't return it, in other words telling your opponent to "suck it!"

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