0 in table tennis


Senior Member
Hello. Please, could you tell me what's the most common way of reading the "0" in table tennis scores in British English?

Let's say you are playing a game with your friend and you are leading. The score is 3:0. What will you say?

1) Three nought for me
2) Three nil for me
3) Three love for me (as in regular tennis)
4) ?

Is there a difference when this is said at a championship rather than between friends when you just play for fun?

Thank you in advance for your answers.
  • Dunno123

    Senior Member
    Thank you for your answer. Is this the only way or the most common one? Would you never use the other ones?


    Senior Member
    English - England
    It's the only way.

    We would never say 'Three nil/love for me' And 'nil' is used in other sports, like football/soccer, but never in tennis or table tennis.

    As far as I know, 'nought' isn't used in any sports.
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