Where Did Tennis Scoring Come From?

Mystery Hour

Mystery Hour Question

Where did the tennis scoring system come from? Is there a logical reason for it?
Paul, Harrow

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Flo, Woodford
Qualification: I've answered this three times on Mystery Hour!
Answer: Tennis was originally played indoors in France. At the top of the hall was a clock and the only way they could get a scoring system was the four quarters of the clock.

That meant we had 15, 30, 45 (which was later shortened to 40 as it was easier to say) and the game evolved from there.

For zero, we say love as it comes from the french l'oeuf, meaning egg, which looks like a zero.

- What Do They Do With Old Balls At Wimbledon?
- Who Is The Bearded Steward At Wimbledon?

26.09 James O'Brien

James: Why The Media's Take On Corbyn Needs To Change

Maajid Nawaz Terrorism

Why Maajid Lost Faith In Obama

Jeremy Corbyn Coffee Shop

Caller's Corbyn Coffee Shop Analogy Sums Up How His Critics Feel

Darren Adam Mental Health

Darren Adam: Stigma STILL Surrounds Mental Health

Comments

Loading...