 Steven Saslow worked with the Blackstone Group in
New York City as chief investment officer of the
Blackstone Relative F...
 At the start of a match or game, for example, a
player or umpire might announce the score as, “love
serving love,” or “l...
 “Take one” and “take two” are also phrases
commonly used during tennis matches,
particularly matches with no chair umpir...
Popular Expressions in Tennis
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Popular Expressions in Tennis

Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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  • 1.  Steven Saslow worked with the Blackstone Group in New York City as chief investment officer of the Blackstone Relative Fund and managing director of the hedge funds solutions group BAAM from 2002 until his retirement in 2007. Continuing to serve Blackstone as a consultant, Steven Saslow also enjoys staying in shape by playing tennis and exercising regularly. There are a number of expressions unique to the sport of tennis that may be unfamiliar or confusing to first- time players. One of the most common tennis expressions involves substituting the word “love” for the number zero when reading game or set scores.
  • 2.  At the start of a match or game, for example, a player or umpire might announce the score as, “love serving love,” or “love all.” The expression derives from the French word for egg, “l’oeuf,” because eggs are shaped like the number zero. Similarly, the words “donuts,” “bagels,” and “bread sticks” are popular tennis terms. Donuts and bagels refer to sets that end by a score of 6-0, with the zero again being represented by similarly shaped foods. The terms are often used as verbs, such as, “I was bagelled in my last match.” A bread stick, meanwhile, signifies a 6-1 set.
  • 3.  “Take one” and “take two” are also phrases commonly used during tennis matches, particularly matches with no chair umpire or tournament referee. These phrases are generally used after a service let or stoppage in play to refer to how many serves the server is permitted. In most cases, a server makes the announcement after clipping the net on his or her serve. The player will call out, “take two,” if the let occurs on a first service, meaning he or she has two more chances to put in a good serve, or “take one” if the let occurs on a second serve and only one chance remains.

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