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3 - 0
3 - 1
4 - 1
5 - 1
5 - 2
5 - 3
5 - 4
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5 - 7 and the winners are Akash-Alok...
What a match and after an effortful luck we won it :) This was really a gr8 match including some good shots(though thr were some bad serves) from Alok, some great misses form Abhi and my side and a little stupidity in judging the little green ball from all of us. We really enjoyed it. After the match I felt that Abhishek-Abhi gifted us the match when scores got leveled.
I just noticed it all 4 of us have same initials, good consequence...
So in the full course of game I keep think thinking that why the games in a tennis match scored as 15-30-40...either they don't know table of 15 or what?
In the beginning, both rackets and tennis scoring were used for lawn tennis. With rackets scoring, a game comprised 15 aces, which could be won only by the SERVER who remained "hand in" until the loss of a rally. Tennis scoring was adopted for the first Wimbledon Championships in 1877 and became the standard.
Now the first question which comes in one's mind and so in mine is why it start with15 (ending with 40 is another debatable topic)... why not 1-2-3 or 10-20-30 or x-y-z. After a small (RE)search (thanks to GOOGLE uncle) I found that 15-30-4* is based on the presence of a clock face at the end of the tennis court. A quarter move of the appropriate hand was made after each rest, with the score being called as 15, 30, or 45 as the case might be. As the hand was moved to 60, making the complete circuit, this was the game. This didn't explain a score of 40, however, so we continued on.
Then a WISE man called CECIL ADAMS states that:
" There's a reason for everything, my dear--not necessarily a good reason, but a reason just the same. Tennis scoring has its origin in medieval numerology. The number 60 was considered to be a "good" or "complete" number back then, in about the same way you'd consider 100 to be a nice round figure today. The medieval version of tennis, therefore, was based on 60--the four points when 15, 30, 45 (which we abbreviate to 40) and 60, or game."
But still i could not get why 40 ?
Tennis: Tennis originated in the 12th or 13th century in France, where it was called jeu de paume ("palm game"). It seems to have derived its present appellation from the French habit of called "tenez!" before serving.
Note: this is in total contrast form Wiki post on tennis.
While searching for this there were more interesting results about DEUCE and much more interesting that I will mention underneath. The term "deuce" is derived from the French "deux", an advantage of two points having to be gained.
A more interesting result:
Did U ever think why in a game like tennis we call a zero as LOVE? here comes two explanation but personally I liked the second one.
1) "Love" is generally taken as being derived from the French "l"oeuf", the egg, symbolising nothing. The term "love" can also be said to come from the English phrase "neither for love nor for money", indicating nothing. (Taken from the book entitled The Guinness Book of Tennis Facts & Feats and Fifteen Love).
2) There's a common misconception that the equally puzzling "love," or zero, derives from the French l'oeuf, "egg," or, by extension, goose-egg or zero. Actually, it comes from the idea of playing for love, rather than money--the implication being that one who scores zero consistently can only be motivated by a true love for the game.
Seriously liked the second one and it makes more sense to me. But on another note, generally it is seen that two ideas behind any explanation have something common in between. In this case the two are extremely opposite to each other so which one to follow is a difficult question. Either you have to walk left or right there is no little path my dear friend...
So that's all the gyan for today, so come on guys (and gals too) what r u waiting for... hold ur rackets, have a lil' warm up and be ready for 15-30-40...
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