Hello! And thank you for taking time to watch this tutorial and learn some hand signals and gestures and signs that will allow one of our athletes to better be able to communicate with all of you and make this a successful tennis season. The first term we are going to learn is the sign or gesture for when the ball is in or good. Many of you may already be familiar with this. When you have a racquet in hand, and I don’t have one myself at the moment, but you take your hand and just tap the racquet, that means the ball is good, or in. If you are right handed you would be doing this motion with your right hand, and holding the racquet in your left. If you are left handed, simply reverse it. When the ball is out, simply hold up your index finger of your dominant hand. Again if you are right handed, it is your right hand, if left handed, switch to your left hand. Simply hold an index finger up in the air and announce “Out”. The same term can be used for “long”, as it is the same concept. “Let” will be done with this symbol: take two index fingers, point them at the ground and move backwards about three times, as if you were taking some steps backwards. Essentially you are going to do the play again and repeat it, and so you move your index fingers backwards. One more time. I will do it sideways so can get a better angle. And that is the term for “let”. “Deuce” take both of your hands, and all of your fingers together, bend them down at the lowest knuckle joints, and tap them. You may do it facing, as if you are two opponents facing each other and do it this way, or you may do it this way. Most of the time it will be easier for your opponent to see you clearly if you simply do it in this manner. “Deuce”. “Serve”. Simply simulate doing a serve by taking your racquet hand up in the air and hitting it up and over. You may also do the ball toss, and then the motion of the serve. “Ad. in” take your dominant hand, if you are right handed right hand, left handed left hand put your thumb and index fingers together, all of your other fingers spread apart and open, act like you are putting something in a pocket. And then “in” is spelled I-N. So you have your pinky finger up, and then N is two fingers crossing over your thumb. This one is a little bit more complicated, but you can do it. “Ad. in”. When I do it, I tend to start with the “I” higher, and drop down for the “N”. It simply makes it clearer to see from a distance. “Ad. in”. For “Ad. out”, the “Ad.” portion of the gesture is the same, but now we need to spell “Out”. We are going to make an “O”. I am changing the angle for the camera, and back to facing the viewer. “U” is two fingers together, pointing upwards, and “T” is one finger crossing over the thumb. O-U-T, putting it all together, O-U-T, “OUT”. Again, for emphasis, when I do it from a distance, I start with the O in front of me, I move upwards for the U, and down again for the T. O-U-T, so it has a little but of a bounce rhythm to it. O-U-T, “Out”. And finally, putting it all together as one process, “Ad. out”. That one may take a little bit of practice, but you can do it. “Love” is the concept of a score being zero as you well know. So, we are simply going to do the sign for zero. The pinky side of your hand and arm faces the person with which you are communicating. If I turn myself around, you will see that I am looking at my own hand and can see the shape of a zero. You would still call “Love”, but you are doing the sign “zero”. If I was doing “Love all”, I would sign my score near my chest, “love, all”. And I would take the zero for the other person and do it out away from my body. “Love all”. That same concept will apply for all score calls, we’ll cover that later in the video, but you always do the score for yourself against your own chest, and the score for your opponent out a distance away from your chest. In any situation, if the score is announced and ends with the word all, you would simply repeat the score. So if the score is 15 all, you would sign 15, 15. “15 all”, is how you would say it. Don’t worry about how to sign 15, I will review that again later in the video. This is the sign for “game”, only when meant as in the game or the set is finished. So we are going to sign, all done, or finished. Take both hands, and with all your fingers spread apart, and act as if you are trying to flick something off of them. Shake off water, shake off wet paint, you can do it a couple times, once, you want to do it hard, and away from yourself as if you are flicking something away from your body. “Game”. Now let’s go through some of the scores that are called during a play or a game. “15”. You are going to hold your hand upwards and facing yourself, with all your fingers closed together except for your thumb, you want to make sure your thumb is outward at a right angle. If you are right handed again this is your right hand, if you are left handed it is your left hand. I am right handed so I’ll continue with my right hand, “15” thumb out, and then you bend all your fingers down at the same time, at the lower knuckle point. Flick in twice, and it’s 15. My score is 15, your score is 15. “15”. “30” is important. A lot of people do multiple things to convey the number three, but it is very important in this case, that you use your thumb, and have your thumb out, your index finger, and middle finger. You don’t want to do this, because it has multiple other meanings. So we are going to use our thumb, index, and middle fingers, face the palm outward, and then pull all the fingers down into a modified zero. “30”. You can even move the whole hand downward slightly, if you wish. “30”. But you want to really pause and let the three be clearly seen, before you pull it to a zero. “30”. If the score is for your opponent, out away from your chest, same thing, “30”. Same thing is true for “40”, except for we start with the number 4. Hand is facing the person you are communicating to, fingers are spread in a 4, and pull down into a modified zero. “40”. “1” can be done with palm facing inward, or outward and is the symbol, index finger up, number 1. “2”, same thing. It can be done facing inward, or outward, “2”. “Ball” if you need a ball, if you are picking up the balls, etc., can be done with a claw shaped hand as if you are holding the ball, you can pick up the ball, you can catch a ball, you can do it with two hands for the exact term ball, depending on what you are doing. “Receive”. Take your hand, as if you are catching something out in the air, near your chest, and pulling it in, and holding on to it, so all your fingers are going to come to a close against your chest. “Receive”. And finally, “Tie break”. Same sign as earlier from “Deuce”, “tie”, and we are going to do a very literal “break”. As if you are holding two pieces of a branch, and snapping them upwards in half. “Tie break”. This list again is by no means comprehensive but knowing these common terms that come most frequently in tennis matches, will be of great value for everybody involved. Thank you so much for your time and your cooperation, and enjoy reviewing this video and practicing as much as you need. Have a great day. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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