Dimensions of Tennis Courts

Building a tennis court in your home is a good way to keep active throughout the year. If you want to practice like the pros or even develop a child’s talent from a young age, it is important to have the right-sized tennis court in your home. Tennis court dimensions are around the same size worldwide and many build ones that are similar in size to professional tennis courts. However, you can have smaller sizes of tennis courts if you want one for just casual playing, or for Touch Tennis. However, if you want a regular court where you can play singles and doubles in, then a standard size court will do the work. 

What are the Dimensions of a Tennis Court?

 

If you are looking to construct a tennis court, you are probably wondering, “How big is a tennis court in square feet?”

Standard sizes of tennis courts are:

  •  Length: 78 feet
  •  Width: 27 feet for singles and 36 feet for doubles
  • Surface area: 2,106 square feet for singles; 2,808 square feet for doubles.

The dimensions of each service box are:

  • Length: 21 feet
  • Width: 13.5 feet
  •  Area (per service box): 283.5 square feet 

Other dimensions: 

  • Backcourt (no man’s land): 18 feet x 27 feet
  • Doubles alley: 39 feet x 27 feet
  • Net: 3 feet high in the center; 3.5 feet high at the posts
  • Centerline: 4 feet

      Tennis court construction needs to happen with a consideration for a run-off area. For tournament play at ATP and ITF levels, extra space is necessary for the line judges, ball boys, and umpires. You should include an additional 10 feet to the sides of the play area, which will make the overall size of a court 130 feet by 70 feet. 

   Indoor Tennis Court Dimensions

 
      Indoor tennis courts deal with much less weather-related wear and tear than their outdoor cousins. You should allow for at least 40 feet of overhead clearance for an indoor tennis court.
 
      The standard dimensions for indoor courts for recreational purposes are:
 
  •       Height above net: 29.5 feet
  •       Height above baseline: 20 feet
  •           Height above backstop: 16 feet

      Dimensions for tournament-level courts are:

  •           Height above net: 40 feet
  •       Height above baseline: 40 feet
  •       Height above backstop: 40 feet
      

   Tennis Court Resurfacing

      
      There are 3 main tennis court surfaces, each with their individual benefits. Grass surfaces make it easy for players to get from one end of the court to the other. Clay courts make for slower plays and are better suited to recreational tennis courts where non-professionals can play. Grass and clay surfaces demand a high level of maintenance. Hard surface courts are low-maintenance and are suitable for courts that see a lot of foot traffic.
 
    No matter what type of tennis court you choose for your facility, regular maintenance is essential. However, clay court maintenance is a little trickier than most. Read our blog on How to Maintain a Clay Tennis Court to know more.
 
      A good  tennis court resurfacing company can help you choose which surface best suits your tennis court. A tennis court resurfacing might be needed if your current court is damaged or if you are not satisfied with the surface you currently have. Talbot Tennis’s tennis court contractors will consider temperature changes that might affect your court, and equip your court with the best surface to suit all weather conditions.

 

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