All We Need is Love: Tennis Scoring Simplified

All We Need is Love: Tennis Scoring Simplified

All We Need is Love: Simple Tips for keeping score

I’ve always tried to understand the logic behind scoring a tennis game. Turns out, there really is no logic. Rumors say that it is based on French medieval clock faces. Either way, you don’t need to know the history to play the game. Here is how to score.


Love Love means nothing, zero, zilch. It means you haven’t been able to put a single point on the scoreboard. The word comes from a French variation, but for English purposes we call it love.


15  means you’ve been able to score 1 point. Why we use the number 15? Beats me, but this means you have scored a single point.


30 You’ve scored two points in the match. You’ve out shot your opponent, and you’ve moved your score from 15 to 30.


40 You’re on a roll and you’ve scored your third point. Your score moves from 30 to 40. You’ve almost won your first set.


Deuce From 40, you then go on to win the match if your partner does not have a score of 40 as well. If the score happens to be 40-40, then we call it deuce. We enter into Advantage. Whoever wins the next point, moves to the advantage.


Advantage You’ve moved your score from 40 to advantage. The current score reads: You Advantage (Adv—40). If you win the next point, you win the game. If you lose the next point, the score goes back to Deuce, and you keep going until someone wins by two points.


Now, its time to take the score to the court.  Good luck, and I hope you find more than Love in your games.


Written by Michelle Gean

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