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Tennis Court Diagram

Tennis1- History & Object
2- The Essentials (Scoring, Rules, Etc.)
3- Strokes and Spins
4- Court Diagram and Positions
5- Glossary of Tennis Terms


There are no specific positions in tennis because it is an individual sport. However, tennis players are often grouped into one of three categories: baseliners, serve-and-volley players, and all-court players. Baseliners stay near the baseline and hit groundstrokes almost exclusively. Serve-and-volley players play near the net as much as possible in order to hit volleys or overheads, and follow most, if not all, of their serves directly to the net. All-court players combine the two styles, mixing their strokes and positioning on the court.

Field of Play

Tennis court diagram

The surface of most courts is made of cement or concrete, but some courts are made of clay, grass, or other substances. However, all courts have similar characteristics:

Net: A net, standing three feet high, divides the court into two halves. The ball must be hit over the net on each shot.

Baseline: The line running parallel to the net that marks the boundary on the length of the court.

Sidelines: The two lines that run perpendicular to the net and mark the boundary on the width of the court. The sidelines vary for singles and doubles play.

Doubles alleys: The additional area on the sides of the court used in doubles play.

Service line: The line running parallel to the net that marks the end of the two service boxes.

Service box: The area in which a serve must land for play to continue.

Center line: The line running perpendicular to the net that divides the two service boxes.

Center mark: Line dividing the service area into two halves.

Each half of a doubles court is marked in the same way as a singles court; the court is widened through the use of the doubles alleys, which add 4.5 feet to each sideline. The baseline and service boxes remain the same in both doubles and singles.

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