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New Scientist: How the weird scoring system in tennis gives underdog a boost


According to Dr Chris Hope, Reader in Policy Modelling at Cambridge Judge Business School, the current tennis scoring system – point-game-set-match rather than total points – improves an underdog’s chances at Wimbledon. “Tennis has a weird scoring system. This leads to lots of excitement, as mini-dramas unfold near the end of many games and sets. But it can also lead to unfair results,” he says.

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