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Jeffrey K asked in SportsTennis · 1 year ago

In tennis, why does the score go by 15 points instead of just one point each time a player misses the ball?

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  • Chuck
    Lv 7
    1 year ago
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    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.

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  • DIEGO.
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    this is a good question!

  • 1 year 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).

  • David
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    If I remember correctly, it's for the quarter hours on a clock-15, 30, and 40 (abbreviated from 45)

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    • Yep, the theory has been widely accepted for a long time, but we don't know for sure because it would date back to the 16th (?) century. The important thing is, when your opponent says 2-0, you have no doubt he's talking about games.

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