The Wimbledon Championships are back after last year\u2019s cancellation because of the pandemic. And to mark the return of the world's first tennis championship, we\u2019re taking a look at two tennis-related phrases you can use in your writing.\n\nThe Ball Is in Your Court\nOn one level, "the ball is in your court" has a clear meaning: when the ball is on your side of the court during a tennis match, you need to hit it back to your opponent.\nBut this phrase also has a more figurative meaning. When we say "the ball is in your court" outside of tennis, we mean "this is your responsibility now":\nI\u2019ve done my part. The ball is in your court now.\nI texted her last night, so the ball is in her court.\nYou can use this phrase when passing responsibility over to someone else, or when it is someone else's turn to take an action. You could also shout it at your opponent while playing tennis, but that might become tiring over a long rally.\n\n\n[caption id="attachment_70604" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Someone passing on responsibility for a tennis ball.(Photo: LisaVanDorp)[\/caption]\nGame, Set, Match\nIn a competitive match, tennis is scored with points, games, and sets:\n\n\n \tGetting four points wins a game.\n \tWinning six games (by a margin of at least two) wins a set.\n \tWinning two out of three (or three out of five) sets wins the match.\n\nThus, the final point scored will win the last game, set, and match. As such, the winner of a tennis match is often declared with the phrase "game, set, and match."\nThis sporting usage has given rise to the idiom "game, set, match." Typically, people use it when some form of rivalry or competition has reached an end:\nAfter many arguments, they conceded I was right. Game, set, match to me!\nAfter that last move, it is game, set, and match to you.\nIf you need to declare that something is well and truly over, you can use this phrase.\n\nExpert Proofreading Service\nIf you have time to write between tennis matches over the coming weeks, don\u2019t forget to have your work proofread! You can even try our services for free!