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]]>I glossed over the four games bit in my explanation because it didn’t make sense to me either at first glance. Even I know that 4 x 60 is only 240.

But glossing over medieval scoring tidbits is how I got into this mess in the first place, so I did a little digging about the meaning of the number 4 in medieval times.

Turns out that in medieval times the number 4 represented the 4 corners of the Earth (among other things, if this source is to be believed — https://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/documents/Numerology.pdf).

So if we carry our astronomical reasoning for the original scoring system of tennis a bit further, perhaps the six sets of four games each were designed to represent the orbits of the heavenly bodies around the four corners of the Earth. Winning 6 sets of 4 games each would have meant you’d successfully completed your 360 orbit around the 4 corners of the Earth.

That’s got to be at least as plausible as the rest of it, right? 😉

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]]>Yeah, the Nine-Year-Old pointed that out immediately while we were walking home from school. I can’t believe I missed that. Couldn’t do a darn thing about it while we were walking either. Longest walk ever. Clearly, I’m going to have to start having her read these things before I hit publish.

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