November 20, 2006 9:23am CST
why tennis scoring system in the points of 15 luv, 30 luv, 40 luv, not 45 luv before game point? anyway, it is luv or love, why? please enlighten.
20 Nov 06
As simple as this scoring appears, the running score of each game is described in a manner peculiar to tennis: scores of zero to three points are described as "love" (or "zero"), fifteen," "thirty," and "forty," respectively. The origin of this scoring comes from the (quarterly) stations of the clock, where "forty" was, presumably, easier to say than "forty-five." The definitive origin of the use of "love" for zero is not known but probably is derived from a popular saying about amateur sports . It is possible that the use of "love" for zero is from the French word for an egg (l‘oeuf because an egg looks like the number zero. "Love" as "zero" is also said to possibly derive from "l'heure" or "the hour" in French. for more details pls see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennis_score
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20 Nov 06
That is a million dollar question. I've played tennis for years, love it, don't understand the scoring........ I guess we just learn how to do it, and don't ask questions. It's hard to say why they used this crazy scoring system, but that is how it's done, for a long time now, thank God they don't score basketball this way.....