Love in the tennis scoring system translates to a score of zero within a single game. For example, if you’re serving and you win the first point of a game, then the score would be 15-love. With that in mind, let’s do a quick review of how the score of love fits into a single game by outlining the point system quickly. Love: a score of zero.
In tennis, love is a word that represents a score of zero, and has been used as such since the late 1800s. It's not perfectly clear how this usage of love came to be, but the most accepted theory is that those with zero points were still playing for the 'love of the game' despite their losing score.
It is used to describe a lack of score in either points, games or sets. i.e. a game score of 30-0 is given as ‘30 love’ and a set score of 6-0 is given as ‘six love’. Straight Sets – The name given to a win in a tennis match without losing a set. 2-0 or 3-0 scorelines, therefore, are straight sets wins in best of three and best of five set matches respectively.
At the beginning of the game, when both sides have no score, the game is love-love because in tennis, love means having a score of zero or nil. One point brings a player to 15, two to 30; and three to 40. The next point wins the game, unless a complex series of tiebreakers comes into play, because in order to win a tennis match, a player must win by a margin of two.
If the tiebreak score gets to 6–6, then whichever player to win the best of two points wins the set. Unlike games, set scores are counted in the ordinary manner (1, 2, 3 etc.), except that zero games is called "love". The score is called at the end of each game, with the leading player's score first (e.g.
TIEBREAK – A system in traditional tennis used to decide a set when the score is tied, 6-all. TOPSPIN – Forward rotation of the ball caused by hitting from low to high. VOLLEY – During play, a stroke made by hitting the ball before it has touched the ground.
In an advantage set, a player or team needs to win six games, by two, to win the set. This means that there is no tiebreak game played at 6-6. The set continues until one player/team wins by two games.
In this example, Player A won the match by a score of 6-4, 5-7 and 6-1. Player B won the second set 7 to 5, reaching the sixth game first but having to win by two games. Tennis scoring rules
Tennis, like any sport, has its own lingo, and tennis uses perhaps the most well-known sports term — love, which means zero. The following list offers definitions of basic tennis terms: ace: A serve that the returner doesn’t even touch with her racquet. An ace wins the point immediately for the server. lob: A shot […]