Where did the phrase rubber match come from?
The term found its way into the popular 16th century game of lawn bowling, which is similar to bocce ball. Opponents roll wooden balls across the yard in an attempt to get them as close as possible to a smaller white ball without hitting it.
What does the rubber game mean?
Noun. rubber match (plural rubber matches) A sporting event at the end of a series in which the opponents are tied in terms of events won and lost. The Red Sox, having lost the opener and won the second game, lost the rubber match against the Twins.
Why is the third game called the rubber match?
When, as would often happen, the last game, match, round, etc., would determine the winner between two adversaries who had won an equal number so far, that was called the rubber game, rubber match, etc., because it would determine who would win the rubber.
Why are Davis Cup matches called rubbers?
As in other cup competitions tie is used in the Davis Cup to mean an elimination round. In the Davis Cup, the word rubber means an individual match. The winner of the tie is the nation which wins three or more of the five rubbers in the tie.