In tennis, why does the score go by 15 points instead of just one point each time a player misses the ball?
- ChuckLv 710 months agoFavorite Answer
We go around the clock, in "regular" scoring. 15, 30, 40, Game. We use "40" instead of "45," because "40" is one less syllable to speak. We use small numbers for the number of games in a SET, and larger numbers to signify each point.
- DIEGO.Lv 710 months ago
this is a good question!
- JohnathanLv 710 months ago
David is right -- for most tennis games within a set, the points are similar to quarter-hours on a clock except for one part: 0 (also called 'love'), 15, 30, 40 (not 45, the 40 is abbreviated from this), then deuce and advantage to break ties within games short of tiebreaks that determine who wins a set, or even a match (in the case of the U.S. Open -- that's the only tennis grand slam event that features a final set tiebreak, the others, the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon, make the players keep going with the normal routine until someone wins by 2 games).
- DavidLv 710 months ago
If I remember correctly, it's for the quarter hours on a clock-15, 30, and 40 (abbreviated from 45)