Understanding Tennis Court Dimensions
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If you’re planning on playing tennis, whether it’s at home, at a club, or in a tournament, your court should meet certain standards. Tennis clubs and tournament courts are more beholden to specific guidelines, but that doesn’t mean home courts shouldn’t abide by certain standards as well. By understanding tennis court dimensions, you can push your court, and your skills, to their fullest potential.
We’ll begin by establishing the basic length and width of tennis courts. The length should be 78 ft., while the width should be 27 ft. In the case of width, 27 ft. is specifically for playing singles matches, while a doubles match requires a width of 36 ft. Tennis clubs and home courts can have slight exceptions to these specifics dimensions if not enough space is available. As long as they keep that ratio between dimensions, then the court is properly fitted for play.
It’s important to remember that those numbers only include the court itself and not areas such as the sidelines. Because of those additions, recommended dimensions for full courts are 120 ft. by 60 ft.
Now it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of dimensions within the space of the court, such as the baselines and sidelines. Baselines should stretch 36 ft. wide, very similarly to the sidelines. Each set of sidelines stretches 39 ft. on both sides of the net, which equate the required 78 ft. length of the court. Service lines, which designate the borders of service boxes, all run 27 ft. wide on each side of the net, except for the center service lines, which stretch 21 ft on each side of the net. The service boxes themselves should have a dimension of 21 ft. by 13.5 ft.
The largest area of the court, No Man’s Land, rests between the service lines and the baseline. This area of the court should have a dimension of 18 ft. by 27 ft. Finally, the net should stretch through the entire center section of your court and reach a height of 3 ft. in the center, while the net posts should reach a height of 3.5 ft. on both ends.
Understanding tennis court dimensions is important to making sure your tennis club or home court is built the right way to play. Tennis can be a very fun and competitive sport, but your skills will be hindered if you’re playing on a court that’s too small or too large. Now that you know the right way to design your court, you’re one step closer to refining your skills. At All Star Tennis Supply, we’ll provide and install the proper tennis supplies and equipment for your tennis playing needs.