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Saturday, June 07, 2003

Love 30

Tennis seasons is well under way. Elicia and I are enjoying another season at the High Park Tennis Club, Toronto's most sociable tennis club for adults.

And because some one asked : The scoring terms are derived from French words. Love is from the word l'oeuf, meaning egg, or the shape meaning zero. Deuce is from a deux, meaning two or together. The original scoring (15, 30, 40, game) was derived from their early currency which came in these same increments. All this and more can be found in the Amazing History of Tennis: People and Places Throughout Time.

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