Greetings tennis players! Today’s entry is entitled “dimensions of a tennis court and the equipment that accompanies it”. Therefore, with this title we are not going to be able to modify what is established by the regulating body of our sport which is the ITF, since the dimensions of a tennis court, is in the place of the world that we want, is of the surface that we like most and we have the level of play that we have, all have to measure the same, ie, and I quote the rules of the ITF “should be a rectangle 23.77 m long by 8.23 wide for singles and 10.97 m for doubles”, as each corridor measures 1.37 m.
If we continue reading the rules, it tells us: “the track has to be divided in half by a net, which will be suspended from a rope or a wire whose ends will be tied or pass through a post on each side 1.07 m high, leaving the net at a height of 0.914 m in the center. Generally, in this area of the net, we have the “tie” or “girdle” that serves to maintain the proper tension and height in the net, as it must fill the space between the two posts and have a lattice small enough so that the ball does not pass.
On the metallic cable, there has to go what we know as tape, that will have between 5 and 6.35 cm of width in each side.
One fact, which at least seems curious to me, is the distance at which the posts of the net are placed based on the modality we are going to play, so that, if we play individual, the posts of the net will be located at a distance of 0.914 from the side of singles, which is the same height as the net in its center. If we play singles with the doubles net, which is usually the norm, they will be at a height of 1.07m outside the doubles sideline, but they must have the “singles sticks” which are also 1.07m high and are 0.914m away from the singles line. In this image it can be easily seen:
If we removed the “singles sticks” we would be able to play perfectly, but the net would not be at the correct height.
In addition, we have curious cases that can occur, for example, if we take as a reference the image, if one of the players when disputing the point hit the ball one of these posts (not the “singles sticks) and fell on the side of the track of his opponent, although it might seem that he would have won the point this is not so, because everything outside the margins of the “singles sticks” are considered “permanently fixed accessories”, ie elements that cannot move that are part of the track but not the game. Within these “permanent fixed accessories” we have the chair of the chair judge, the benches or chairs of players and judges, the bleachers …
Continuing with the court, at 6.40m from the net and parallel to it, we have on each side of the court the serving line, which stops a line to the net parallel and equidistant to the lines of singles that gives rise to the “serve squares” measuring 6.40 m long by 4.115 m wide. Finally, the distance between the service line and the baseline is 5,485 m. In order not to be too repetitive and as I said at the beginning, in the ITF rules we have detailed absolutely everything that has to do with the dimensions of the court, the tape, the steel cable, the lines, and so on.
Next and with respect to the measures of the track, if I wanted to comment on the measures of the track, but in terms of funds, ie that which is not part of the “regulatory space”, ie where it must bounce the ball and the “space of play or use” ie where players can move, because those players who make good use of the latter will get a lot of performance out of their game.