Etymology (Meaning of Words)/tennis meanings
ablejack wrote at 2007-06-06 18:08:19
I've read that "deuce" comes from royal or real tennis. The term is said to have been derived from the phrase "a deux le jeur" or to both the game. It means that both players have an equal or "egalite" chance to win the game. I don't know how legitimate the source of this information is. It came from some history of tennis site. Makes sense to me. (The term "Love" is claimed to be from l'oeuf; the egg.)
Chandosman wrote at 2013-06-19 22:32:19
Do you think it could be an abbreviation of filet - after all tennis and love are both French expressions and the French for let is filet.