from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In lawn-tennis, the player who receives, and if possible returns, the ball when first served.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The server wins a stroke if the striker out "volley" the service, that is, he strike the ball before it touches the ground; or if the ball is returned by the striker-out, so that it drops outside his opponent's court, the latter wins the stroke.
The players stand on opposite sides of the net; the one who first delivers the ball is called the server and the other the striker-out.
The server must wait until the striker-out is ready for the second service as well as the first, and if the striker-out claims to be not ready and makes no effort to return the second service, the server cannot claim the point, even though the service was good.
The striker-out wins if the server serves two consecutive "faults," which consist in sending the ball to the net or outside the lines; or if the server fail to return the ball in play, the striker-out wins.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.