MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15:  during day four of the 2016 Kooyong Classic at Kooyong on January 15, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Top tips for the new wave of tennis lovers… to help you fake it till you make it

Posted on December 15, 2017

Before making your way to the Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic this January, it could be a good idea to brush up on some frequently used lingo and courtside etiquette. The list below will help you fake it till you make it (even if you’re only there for the perfect Insta post)!

  1. Love -30 is not a new dating app

Although an app geared directly to the panicked single women over 30 would go off, this word for zero really should evolve past the court. ‘Love’ in tennis lingo means zero or nil. It is used for scoring so “love – fifteen/ thirty/ forty/ fifty” translates to zero (for the person serving) followed by the score of the receiver. NB: The score of the player serving is always listed first.

  1. Deuces is not just a great Chris Brown song

Deuce is a term that refers to when the score is tied at 40-all, i.e. 40-40, it’s “deuce” and either player simply needs to win by two to conclude the game.

The literal translation for deuce is two, stemming from the Latin word “duos.” In other words, next time you hear “deuce” just think. Win by two.

  1. Silence on the court

Read the room. Unlike Melbourne’s second favourite sport, AFL, hooting and hollering are not part of the tennis experience. Match play and arena etiquette require composure, silence and respect for those on the court, especially during service. Don’t be the rookie in the nose bleed making wise cracks, it won’t go down well.

  1. The best WAGs know the field

Not only does the E! show WAGs break down the hierarchy of girlfriends to wives, but the women don’t seem to discriminate their athletes (and if you haven’t watched this show, get it into your life – LA over Miami). This year, the Kooyong Classic features its strongest field yet. Heavy hitters on the Kooyong court this year are:

  • Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain, Rank 10)
  • David Goffin (Belgium, Rank 7)
  • Dominic Thiem (Austria, Rank 4)
  • Kevin Anderson (South Africa, Rank 14)
  • Richard Gasquet (France, Rank 31)
  • Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan, Rank 127)
  • Marin Cilic (Croatia, Rank 5)
  • Belinda Bencic (Switzerland, Rank 98)
  • Andrea Petkovic (Germany, Rank 99)
  • Destanee Aiava (Australia, Rank 153)
  1. Pre-game like a pro

Enjoy every minute at the iconic Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. Popping up for the event in January, the Kooyong Common will house a selection of Melbourne’s hottest food trucks, delicious drinks and is close in proximity to all the on-court action. A chilled atmosphere with live music and entertainment, it’s the ideal spot for a post work drink and of course, a photo opp.

  1. Look the part

Rushed from work and worried even the best filter won’t fix that face? Don’t let that stop you. Pamper yourself at the Priceline Pharmacy Health & Beauty Lounge before whipping out the iPhone and let the likes speak for themselves.

  1. Don’t flash, pick your moment

Your privates, or your mobile phones. This can be incredibly distracting to the athletes play, so please – turn off that flash and switch your prized possession to silent. 

On that note, much like golf, any form of distraction is frowned upon at matches. Leaving your seat in the middle of a point is a no go, so sit tight sweetheart and wait till a break in play. If you need to step away to freshen up, you should either wait until a point is over of or the game is completed.

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