Gilles Simon exhausted during his 2013 Australian Open match against Gael Monfils
By Jane Voigt, owner of DownTheTee.com
February 6, 2013 — It’s the best kept secret in sports. Tennis scoring. For every tennis fan who sees 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (11) on the ESPN crawl and thinks, ‘that must’ve been a heck of a tie-breaker,’ factor in 100 viewers who just see a stream of random numbers with no idea what it means.
Who can blame them?
The bizarre function of a clock face as score keeper dates to 14C France. Theoretically, the 15-minute increments — 15, 30, 45, 60 – marked points in a game, but as theories go this one has never been proven as fact.
As time passed ’45′ became ’40′ and ’60′ was replaced by ‘game.’ The evolution of ‘love’ as meaning ‘zero’ also came from the French. ‘L’oeuf’ means egg and an egg looked like a zero. However, another theory speculated ‘love’ was more closely associated with betting on tennis and the honor that came with a loss.
As the saying