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Tennis court dimensions are more complex than you may think. All official tennis courts must follow the exact tennis court dimensions as they have been laid out by the International Tennis Federation. Even though it looks like a big green rectangle with some white chalk lines drawn around it, the size and shape of a tennis court are actually quite specific.

According to the tennis court dimensions of the ITF, a regulation tennis court must be precisely 78 feet in length.

For singles matches, the court must be exactly 27-feet wide.

For doubles matches, the court has to be exactly 36-feet wide.

The tennis court is divided evenly through the middle by a white net, which is held up on either side of the court by a 3-foot tall post.

The net must be exactly 3 feet tall at its center and is held down by a white strap. A band must cover the metal cable or cord at the top of the net, and this band must also be white.

The net must fully extend to fit the entire width between the two posts, with no gaps, and it must be made out of mesh with holes small enough to prevent the tennis ball from passing through it.

In a doubles match, the center net posts on each side have to be exactly 3 feet outside of the doubles court.

In a singles match, when using a singles net, the center net posts on each side have to be exactly 3 feet outside the singles court.

When using a doubles net, you support the net by using 2 singles sticks. The singles sticks have to be 3-feet tall, with their centers placed exactly 3 feet outside on each side of the singles court.

The net posts have to be less than 6 inches square or less than 6 inches in diameter.

The singles sticks cannot be bigger than 3 inches square or bigger than 3 inches in diameter.

Both the net posts and the singles sticks cannot rise any more than 1 inch over the top of the net cord.

The white chalk lines at each end of the tennis court are the baselines, and the long white lines at either side of the tennis court are the sidelines. These lines are all 2 inches wide, but the baseline can be as wide as 5 inches.

There are two lines drawn between the singles sidelines, called the servicelines. Each of the servicelines must run parallel to and be exactly 21 feet from the net.

The center serviceline evenly divides the space between the serviceline and the net into two equal parts on both sides of the tennis court. The center serviceline runs parallel to the singles sidelines and is located halfway between those two lines.

A 4-inch long mark is drawn at the center of each baseline. This center mark, or hash mark, is drawn inside the tennis court and runs parallel to the singles sidelines.

Both the center serviceline and the center mark have to be exactly 2 inches in width.


 

 


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