Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Florida with my baguette
Really unimportant question, but I need your help
People, I need your help.
I've been watching the French Open for a fair few years now and the same thing has always bothered me about the scoring announcements. The first deuce in a game is never called 'egalite', but rather 'quarante-all'. So, it's not deuce but 40-all. Any subsequent deuces in the game are called as egalite.
So, is there a reason why the first deuce of any game is called 40-all and subsequent ones are deuce? I've only ever noticed this as an idiosyncrasy of the French Open, never anywhere else.
I know it's hardly important, but it's been vexing me for years and I always forget to ask and by the time the French is over it never seems appropriate.
Thank you for pandering to my neuroses.