RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:I've played tennis once... and got my butt handed to me. Admittedly my opponent does it a lot more than I do. I do enjoy watching it at least.
RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:Actually, i was referring to your victory.
Caught a bit of Wimbledon today. Never did get why the scoring's scored like it is, name-wise.
RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:The love-15-30-40 bit, Mikey.
Mikey wrote:RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:The love-15-30-40 bit, Mikey.
There are a couple of theories - not surprisingly, because it's nonsensical, most of them involve the French. Some say that the medieval French version of the game kept score on a clock face, some that the scoring calls are based on a precursor to tennis popular in pre-Revolutionary Paris in which the winner of a point moved up on the court 15 ft., then 15 ft., then 10. "Deuce" and subsequent advantage-in/advantage-out calls were added when the sport attained the rule of having to win a game by two "points." The term "love" may come from l'oeuf ("egg," like we refer to a team having a "goose egg" or a duck in cricket) or - if the clock-face thing is true - may be a corruption of l'heure ("the hour.")
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