Lawn Tennis Manual – Hints for Scoring

In the Lawn Tennis Manual (1885), in a section entitled ‘Hints for Scoring’, the writer advocates the use of a detailed scoring system, ‘which records the character of every played ball, whether it be a fault, a served ball, a returned ball, a volleyed return, together with the number of ‘exchanges’ of played balls. These data, he argued, would provide, ‘an analysis of a player’s skill.