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I always thought that when the ball hits the top of the net, the umpire shouts, net¡, now I realise what he says is "let". Is that correct?. Thank you very much for your help.
BBC Learning English says: When a player serves the ball and it hits the top of the net, but still goes over in to the service court, the umpire calls "Let". The server can then serve again. It comes from the Anglo-Saxon word "lettan" which means "to hinder" or "delay".
what is the difference between a game and a match?what is the difference between a game and a set? Thank you.
BBC Learning English says: A MATCH is divided up in to SETS and sets are divided up in to GAMES. In men's tennis a player normally has to get 3 sets to win a match. In women's tennis you have to get 2.
To win a set you have to win 6 games - but you also have to get 2 more games than the other player. If the score gets to 6-6, the players have to play a "tiebreak". The first player to get to seven points or more by two clear points wins the tiebreak and the set.
To win a game you need to win four points, but if the players win 3 points each, the score is 40-40 and one of the players has to win 2 extra points to win the game!
Xabier, Spain & Nirmal, Nepal
i would like to know why in Tennis the start countin 15-30-40 (why not 45?). thank you very much for your help
BBC Learning English says: No-one is quite sure why tennis is scored this way. It is likely that originally the score was 0-15-30-45, but the 45 became 40, because it sounded better! Love (when the score is 0) probably comes from the French "l'oeuf", which means egg. Deuce (when the score is 40-40) also come from the French "a deux du jeu", which means two points away from game.
Why Women champion is not presented a trophy? Instead of that a Champion plate is presnted?
BBC Learning English says: The Ladies' Singles Trophy was first presented in 1886. It is a copy of a plate in the Louvre, in Paris. The Gentlemen's Singles Trophy was first presented a year later in 1887. Written on the cup is "The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World."
One of your countrymen said that Tim Henman "showed some bottle" in coming back from two set down. Where did that phrase come from and what does it mean?
BBC Learning English says: The phrase "to have/show some bottle" means "to have/show a lot of boldness or initiative". The 19th century slang phrase "no bottle", meaning "no good", is the probable origin of "bottle's" current sense of "courage" or "nerve".
What is "match game"?
BBC Learning English says: In tennis, the phrase "Game, set and match" is said at the end of a match when someone has won.
Nawal Thorat, India
what makes wimbledon so special?
BBC Learning English says:
It is special because it is the only Grand Slam (US Open, French Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon) that is played on grass. It also has many special traditions like strawberries and cream. But why do other people think it is special? Let us know.