Origin of tennis scoring method

Have you ever wondered how the scoring system in tennis was made? I know many ardent  tennis fans, who can argue with me for an entire freaking day on the superiority of Djokovic/Federer/Nadal over each other.

But ask them about the logic behind the scoring pattern, they just shut their effing mouth up! For those who don’t know how the system came up, here it is:


It is said that the scoring method was developed in France in medieval times. The system is based on the movement of the arms of a clock which is located in the court. When a player wins a point, the arm would be moved by 15 mins. Next 30 and so on. Going by this method, a player has to win four points to complete a complete round of the clock’s arm and thus win the round.

You may say that after 30, why the next point is 40 instead of 45. This may be because in French, quarante(40) is easier to pronounce than quarente-cinq(45). This ease in saying might have encouraged the use of 40 instead of 45.


When both players have 40 points each, it  is called deuce. This also has a French connection. In French, quarante a deux means 40 to both. Also deux means two, and the player has to win two points to win after deuce.


The score of zero is represented by the word ‘love’. What business does ‘love’ has to do in a fiery tennis match? This term has evolved from the French word l’oeuf, which means egg, and the symbol for zero is egg shaped.


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