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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.

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well, maybe it's to denote that that's the first deuce. the quarante-all.

but all the other slams are in English and they never specify how many deuces have occurred. *shrug*

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Its just tradition, I'm sure (I could be wrong) but I think they used to say 40 all ages ago at Wimbledon on the first deuce.

Also I noticed a lot of umpires just saying egalite anyway on the first deuce.

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Lol omg oizo, your tennis knowledge amazes me .
He's right though. It just makes more sense to say fourty all since we say fifteen all and thirty all...
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I will have to say ont thing though.....

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I never noticed either
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Spam, I think you've hit on something there.

I think I may well find myself shouting 'Shriver' when a game reaches deuce, during my jaunt to Wimbledon.
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I wondered that myself ...there is no point to 40 all, or even 30-40/40-30 ...after 30 all it should be ad-in/out then duece etc.
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I was wondering about this myself also, maybe we should e-mail ESPN and ask them.
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Lol omg oizo, your tennis knowledge amazes me .
He's right though. It just makes more sense to say fourty all since we say fifteen all and thirty all...
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