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  • Call: Verbal utterance by a line judge or chair umpire declaring that a ball landed outside the valid area of play.
  • Cannonball: Somewhat archaic term for a very fast, flat serve.
  • Can opener: Serve hit by a right-handed player with slice, landing on or near the intersection of the singles tramline and service line in the deuce court.
  • Carve: To hit a groundstroke shot with a combination of sidespin and underspin.
  • Centre mark: Small mark located at the centre of the baseline. When serving the player must stand on the correct side of the mark corresponding with the score.
  • Challenge: When a player requests an official review of the spot where the ball landed, using electronic ball tracking technology.
  • Change-over (or change of ends): 90 second rest time after every odd-numbered game when the players change ends.
  • Chip: Blocking a shot with underspin, creating a low trajectory.
  • Chip and charge: Type of approach shot which involves hitting a slice shot while rapidly moving forward and following the shot into the net. Aimed at putting the opponent under pressure.
  • Chop: Shot hit with extreme underspin, opposite of topspin.
  • Closed stance: Classic technique in which the ball is hit while the hitter's body is facing at an angle between parallel to the baseline and with his back turned to the opponent.
  • Consolidate (a break): To hold serve in the game immediately following a break of serve.
  • Counterpuncher: Defensive baseliner.
  • Court: Area designated for playing a game of tennis.
  • Crosscourt shot: Hitting the ball diagonally into the opponent's court.
  • Cross-over: Player crossing the net into the opponent's court. It can be done either in a friendly fashion, or maliciously, thereby invoking a code violation. The latter sometimes happens when it is uncertain whether the ball on a decisive point landed inside or outside the court when playing on clay, thus leaving a mark.