Definition of drop one's serve in US English:

drop one's serve


  • (in tennis) lose a game in which one is serving.

    • ‘But needing two games for victory, Henman dropped his serve for the first time against the Slovakian.’
    • ‘He overcame dropping his serve in the opening game of the first set to break the Italian seventh seed twice to take the set.’
    • ‘He didn't drop his serve throughout the match, winning 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.’
    • ‘She lost concentration in the fifth game to drop her serve again.’
    • ‘Godwin dropped his serve again early in both the second and third sets.’
    • ‘Having gone a break up, he dropped his serve but it was no cause for alarm.’
    • ‘But she failed to take advantage of her opportunity to extend the match to a third set, dropped her serve, and made little impression in the tiebreak.’
    • ‘When he dropped his serve at the start of the third set with yet another fluffed forehand, he smacked his racket down and growled as it bounced above his shoulder.’
    • ‘Serena, who returned from eight months off in March after knee surgery following her Wimbledon win, looked in form despite dropping her serve once in the fourth game of the second set against her 51st-ranked opponent.’
    • ‘The German dropped his serve at 1-1 when he made a forehand error, and Canas held his serve comfortably to decide the first set.’