So you’re not quite a fan of the sport and have only heard others talk excitedly about the Australian Open. Except someone very dear to you, perhaps a family member or your significant other, got tickets to the Australian Open finals and wants you to come. What do you do then?
Don’t panic. If you are completely unwilling to go through the trouble of attending an event you’re not interested in, there are a lot of ways to say “no”. But if you’re willing to give it a try, here are some notes for newbies.
- Boy George knew what he was talking about when “some strange corners” define love as meaning “nothing”. It has been said that the origin of the term comes from the bastardization of the French “l’oeuf”. So when someone calls out “love-fifteen”, it means the score is zero to fifteen.
- Silence is golden and no matter how softly you think you’re whispering, it’s won't be quiet enough. There’s nothing wrong with asking questions but try to reserve them for when the ball is no longer in play. But don’t think that tennis fans aren’t allowed to cheer. Fans everywhere will always have the urge to cheer, regardless of the sport. But try to keep it in between points. The players will appreciate the support.
- There are only four points to the game. “Four?” you say. Yes, only four. Once forty has been called out, the player in the lead only has one more point left to earn before the game is over. There are alternatives to this, of course, but this is the basic premise.
- While there are only four points, there are six games to a set, and a match is comprised of two to three sets. You need to win six games to be declared the winner of the match.
Once you’ve memorised these four quick notes, it should be easy enough to immerse yourself in the game. The most important thing to remember is to have fun! After all, you were invited to watch so you could both enjoy the sport.