Definition of groundstroke in US English:

groundstroke

noun

Tennis
  • A stroke played after the ball has bounced, as opposed to a volley.

    • ‘After losing the opening set, Pratt came out attacking early in the second set, matching Seles's powerful groundstrokes.’
    • ‘Lingering there to trade groundstrokes, which Sampras would occasionally engage in and even enjoy, was not for McEnroe.’
    • ‘He's able to return everything that Clay throws at him whether it's a backhand or a forehand groundstroke.’
    • ‘He has a big serve and groundstrokes but probably needs to work on his volleys a bit.’
    • ‘He is athletic, can serve and volley, can also stay back and hit the groundstrokes with punch and precision on either flank and most importantly can get the first serves when facing the breakpoints.’

Pronunciation

groundstroke

/ˈɡroundstrōk//ˈɡraʊndstroʊk/