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Lazy Tennis (Posted on 2006-03-27) Difficulty: 3 of 5
In a game of tennis, the player who puts in the most effort in a match, and wins the majority of points, does not necessarily win the match as a whole.

Imagine two tennis players compete in a 5-set match, with each set following the scoring system of tennis, and a first to 7 point tie-break takes place if the score in a set is 6 games each. Let the total number of points won by the person who wins the match be represented by W, and let the total number of points won by the person who loses the match be represented by L.

If by the end of the match L-W is equal to a POSITIVE integer, then what is the maximum value this integer can be? Furthermore, develop an equation to determine the integer formed from L-W for a match of x number of sets.

Note: Enough information regarding the scoring system in tennis required to solve the problem, can be found at http://tennis.about.com/cs/beginners/a/beginnerscore.htm

No Solution Yet Submitted by Chris, PhD    
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re(5): Solution, Standing on the shoulders ofTomarken, who is standing on the shoulders of about.com, who is... | Comment 7 of 23 |
(In reply to re(4): Solution, Standing on the shoulders of about.com by tomarken)

It is getting a high tower, standing like this on each other shoulders.  Tomarken, I know in standard tennis rules, the tie break needs a two point difference (After all, Belgium does have the worlds best female tennis players), but I guess its a question of interpretation of what's written.  It's OK with me to follow your reasoning.
  Posted by Hugo on 2006-03-27 11:24:44

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