Meaning of cross-court in English:



  • (of a stroke in tennis and other racket sports) hit diagonally across the court.

    ‘a cross-court volley’
    • ‘He throws in an emphatic backhand volley and a fine cross-court forehand as he holds without dropping a point.’
    • ‘He hit a backhand cross-court winner to end the first set.’
    • ‘His hits his strokes cross-court and down the line.’
    • ‘The Thai began by holding serve and a cross-court backhand dropped just out in the second to give him a break point.’
    • ‘But at 8-6 he nailed a forehand volley hard into the cross-court nick and that was it.’
    • ‘How about smashing a cross-court backhand winner in the final set of a championship tennis match?’
    • ‘He converted on the third of three match points with a cross-court forehand winner.’
    • ‘The first player, standing on the left, tried to hit a cross-court passing shot to the right of his opponent who was standing beside him on the right.’
    • ‘I do these nasty cross-court drop-shots that just beg for someone to cry ‘sweet!’’
    • ‘Her often solid game was dotted with some impeccable forehand cross-court returns but her backhand is comparatively weaker.’
    • ‘Forcing her to concentrate with repetitive drills - 100 cross-court forehands, 100 down-the-line backhands - he turned her into a winner.’
    • ‘He then hit two backhand cross-court nicks and a backhand drop shot winner to get back to 11-11.’
    • ‘If you play a really tight straight shot (close to the wall) whether a drop, volley drop or length, it is very hard for your opponent to hit a cross-court drive.’
    • ‘As the quality of the rallies stepped up a pace in the second set, he broke for 3-2 with a running forehand cross-court pass.’
    • ‘The opening rally was completed with an exquisite cross-court backhand drop from the Egyptian.’
    • ‘Her athleticism was superb and her cross-court backhand was sublime.’
    • ‘The next rally was critical and he gave the point away on a backhand cross-court that hit the tin.’
    • ‘Their response to the whisper of defeat was the second-serve ace, the cross-court winner.’
    • ‘He took the set in 44 minutes with a cross-court winner.’
    • ‘He has two crucial weapons, the high cross-court lob and the attacking boast.’


  • Diagonally across the court.

    • ‘he tries to drive the ball cross-court’