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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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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 6, 2008|
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