Why Does 'Love' Mean 'Zero' in Tennis?

Caity Weaver
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While all tennis scoring is baffling, the most perplexing element is the use of “love” when a player hasn’t scored any points. Though one theory claims the term is a corruption of the French l’oeuf (“the egg”) to describe the shape of the number zero, the Oxford English Dictionary suggests that love really does mean “love.” The only thing keeping a scoreless player on the court is the love of the game. In tennis, love isn’t all you need, but it might be all you’ve got.