The term bagel in tennis is slang that refers to the score of 6-0. Tennis players use the word bagel to represent the score of zero because it resembles the shape of a bagel.
In tennis, a bagel is when the set ends with a score of 6–0. An extremely rare type of bagel, where no point is lost, is called a golden set. Most bagel sets occur in the early rounds of tennis tournaments where the favorites meet with lower ranked players such as a lucky loser or a wild card .
A "zero" looks like what? A donut? A bagel? In the 1970s, the American tennis players Eddie Dibbs and Harold Solomon were called the "Bagel Twins" or the "Bagel Brothers." It's believed that one of them - perhaps Brooklyn's Dibbs - named the tennis "bagel." 11 March 1965, New York Times, pg. 53:
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Bagel, Anyone? News - Tennis.com. by Pete Bodo* I don't think I'll ever hear the words, "double bagel" (a euphemism for a 6-0, 6-0 blowout) without thinking of Bud Collins.
2. Justin Henin bt Marion Bartoli (2007) Belgian star Henin thumped Bartoli at the 2007 WTA Tour Championships in Madrid, Spain. It was the heaviest defeat in the tournament’s history, and the only double bagel ever at the WTAs end-of-season jamboree.
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