Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by kalic, May 17, 2007.
Ahhh I have often wondered this also. If anyone knows please chime in!
I read somewhere that they had clock faces near the first tennis courts in France when the game was invented, and out of necessity used the clock face as a scoring device.
I'm not sure if this is true or not, and it still doesn't explain why the score would move to 40, instead of 45, but it is one possible explanation.
i heard it was something to with the weights of cannonballs...
love comes from the french word for egg (which i guess looks like a zero)
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Realy fast answer. Thanx...
Wow, that's really heavy...
...I thought it was just because the people who invented tennis were on drugs...which maybe they were. Could you ever imagine a sport looney enough to invent a scoring system based on a clock?
my boss just explained this at the end of a lesson the other day. and now its on here! haha
In history (in France) the match was played to 24 games and every winning point was counted 1/4 of hour. It was 15 points (15 minutes). So one game was played to 60 (15, 30, 45, 60). Few years later the match has started to play to 6 games in every set and the third winning point started to count only 10 points (instead of 45 it's 40).
They used a clock because maybe that's how long a point lasted, 15 seconds. Add 4 of them together, and you have a complete game. Does it really matter how many points you get for the third point, whether it's 45, 40, 42, or 49? No, so they shortened it to 40 to cut off a syllable and make it easier to say. Think kids these days, with their shorthand text-messaging. These were the "cool" trendsetters during the medieval times!
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