Triple Bagel & Trillion

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 21 15:03:03 UTC 2000

I figure those triple bagels must be used for goose-egg sandwiches.


At 12:41 AM -0500 1/21/00, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
>     "Triple bagel" just doesn't sound kosher to me.
>     Goose eggs, zeroes, sweep--but bagels?  In tennis?  I had a friend who
>knew someone who wrote Associated Press sports, and that person tried
>coinages like this.  Has anyone heard this before?
>     From the New York Post, 21 January 2000, pg. 69, cols. 6-7:
>_Aussie teen whiz gets_
>_close to "triple bagel"_
>     MELBOURNE (AP)--Lleyton Hewitt has won two tournaments and 12 matches in
>a row.  In his latest feat, the Australian teen-ager came within one game of
>a triple bagel in a Grand Slam tennis tournament.
>     Hewitt led 6-0, 6-0, 4-0 before Spain's Alex Coretja, ranked as high as
>No. 2 last year, put together enough good shots to win one game yesterday in
>their second-round match at the Australian Open.
>     Only five triple bagels have been recorded at Grand Slams in the
>32-year-old open era, and none at the Australian Open.  The most recent came
>when Sergi Bruguera shut out Thierry Champion at the 1993 French Open. (...)

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