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Hi Justin, I’m a 3.0 player who just got started playing a year ago. I’m starting to compete in USTA League play as well as a few tournaments, but I have so much trouble keeping score! Do you know of any gear or technology that would help me keep track of points?—Candy S.
You’re not alone, Candy. It can be difficult for the best of us to keep the score straight and, at the same time, focus on the game. The wonky correspondences between scoring terms (love, 15, 30, 40) and points won (0, 1, 2, 3) certainly doesn’t make things any easier.
(There are a few theories as to the origins of tennis’ scoring, but nothing’s really known for certain. As Bud Collins writes, in his encyclopedia Total Tennis, “The quartered face of a clock seems the likely source of the game and point scores—15, 30—but why 40 instead of the original 45? Was it a cuckoo clock? It was probably shortened over time, an abbreviation 5 instead of 15, common among hackers. Nobody really knows. Deuce is the clearest, from the French a deux.”)
But as for aiding your memory, Candy, check out the ScoreBand, a portable scorekeeping watch released this past June. Although I haven’t yet tried it out myself, the product appears practical. According to the company, the device allows players to track game and set scores. (It also keeps time, and can score a round of golf.)
The ScoreBand comes in four different sizes, eight color options, and retails for $30. For more information, visit the company’s website at scoreband.net.