Definition of continental grip in English:

continental grip

noun

Tennis
  • A manner of gripping the racket in which (for a right-handed player) the bottom knuckle of the index finger is in contact with the top of the handle and the heel of the hand with the bevel immediately clockwise from it.

    ‘he stretched wide to his forehand, shifting to a continental grip to block’

Origin

1920s: so named because it was originally considered characteristic of European tennis players.