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A few days before Roland Garros, we explain the origin of the famous points 15, 30, 40…

This convoluted count comes from the ancestor of tennis, namely the tennis court, born in France in the 13th century. This sport was practiced first with the palm, then a racket, with a ball, and a central net, on a rectangular ground. The space between the service line and the net measured 60 feet.

The player therefore began his game 60 feet from the net, then when he won a point, he had the right to advance fifteen feet (roughly 4.50 meters) on the ground. One more point, and he was still advancing…

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