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The scoring system of tennis is unique and is only used in this sport. The scoring used is love (0), 15, 30, 40 & game. There are also areas of deuce (when the score is 40-40) and then add-in & add-out.
The scoring system originated by the numbers on a clock face and where the points are at each quarter. 0,15,30,40(for an unknown reason the 45 has been shortened to 40)
The reason tennis uses strange scoring is because in England they used to play by the clock tower so fifteen, thirty and then somewhere along the wayfortyfive got changed to just forty then game (or sixty).
The word love in tennis is a corresponding call in scoring of it and the meaning of love in tennis is 0.
Mason Chaplin discoverd cuz' he is a MELT.
James Van Alen in 1965
The scoring is based on the scoring rules of real tennis. Real, here, refers to royal as opposed to fake. I real tennis, the scores were 15, 30 and 45 but the last got shortened to 40 in the "new" game of lawn tennis. Read more on real tennis at link.
singels is to 21 points and doubles is to 11
By scoring more points, more quickly than your opponent.
One can find information on all things tennis related on a website called Tennis Tips. One can also watch tennis games where the host will give a play by play on what is happening as well as the scoring so one can follow along and understand tennis.