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WHO invented tennis and why is the score called love? - Kelly Schofield, Beckenham, Kent BETWEEN 1859 and 1865, Major Harry Gem and his friend Augorio Perera developed a game which combined elements of rackets and the Basque game pelota which they played on Perera's croquet lawn in Birmingham.

In 1872, along with two doctors, they founded the world's first tennis club in Leamington Spa. And the Courier newspaper of July 23, 1884, recorded one of the first tennis tournaments, held in the grounds of Shrubland Hall, Ipswich.

The score love or zero has been adapted from the phrase "to play for love (of the game)" - in other words to play for nothing.

Another theory is that it represents the French word l'oeuf (an egg) due to its resemblance to a nought, although this seems unlikely.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 6, 2008
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