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The backhands of time

The backhands of time
By Mark Mason on 02-07-13 09:58. Comments (0)
As you watch the games rack up at Wimbledon this week, do you ever wonder why the scoring goes 15, 30, 40, rather than 15, 30, 45? I remember watching my first ever game as a child, confused as to why a player's third winning shot was deemed less valuable than their first two. One of those things you just learn to ignore - but it turns out there's a very timely explanation ...

How many shots do you need to play to win a set of tennis?

How many shots do you need to play to win a set of tennis?
By Mark Mason on 29-06-12 09:41. Comments (0)
You never know who to trust when it comes to trivia. A theme of this blog is the uncertainty surrounding many of the ‘facts' you hear. Wimbledon - and in particular Rosol's incredible serves as he beat Nadal last night - have reminded me of the time even a respected TV quiz show got it wrong.

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