The origins of the game can be traced to a 12th–13th-century French handball game called jeu de paume (“game of the palm”), from which was derived a complex indoor racket-and-ball game: real tennis. … The modern game of tennis is played by millions in clubs and on public courts.
Consequently, why is tennis called real?
The term real was first used by journalists in the early 20th century as a retronym to distinguish the ancient game from modern lawn tennis (even though, at present, the latter sport is seldom contested on lawns outside the few social-club-managed estates such as Wimbledon).
Keeping this in view, why do they say love in tennis?
In tennis, love is a word that represents a score of zero, and has been used as such since the late 1800s. It’s not perfectly clear how this usage of love came to be, but the most accepted theory is that those with zero points were still playing for the “love of the game” despite their losing score.
Who invented real tennis?
In 1873, Londoner Major Walter Wingfield invented a game called he called Sphairistikè (Greek for “playing ball”). Played on an hourglass-shaped court, Wingfield’s game created a sensation in Europe, the United States, and even China, and is the source from which tennis as we know it today eventually evolved.
Tudor Sports – Football, Real Tennis and Jousting.