Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Dimensions and Layout of a Tennis Court

Frank Chenault of Big Sur, CA, is the owner and acquisition director at Chenault Enterprises. Also a professional surfer, he enjoys the natural beauty of the Big Sur region and other California coastal areas. In addition, Frank Chenault plays basketball and tennis.

For those who are learning to play tennis or who have started watching it on TV, familiarity with the court layout is important. Tennis courts are rectangular, measuring 78 feet in length and 27 feet in width. The middle of the court is bisected by a net, evenly dividing the space into two identical sides. The sideline boundaries for singles run parallel to the doubles alley, which allows for 4.5 additional feet on either side of the court. Players who hit a ball into the net or wide of the sideline boundaries lose the point, though a ball that catches any piece of the sideline is considered in play.

The boundary line farthest from the net is known as the baseline, at the center of which is a small center mark, also known as a service mark. Players standing to the right of this mark when facing the net are standing on the deuce side of the court, while players to the left are in the ad court. The same deuce and ad terminology is used for the service boxes, two large squares against the net. Points begin with players serving from behind the baseline and to the right of the service mark into their opponent's deuce court, followed by a service into the ad service box, and so on until the end of the game.

The remaining court, situated between the baseline and service box, is generally referred to as “no man’s land.” Most individuals try to avoid making shots from this area of the court. Virtually all styles of play in tennis involve rallying from behind the baseline or attacking the net.