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Tennis Court

Dimensions & information on installing a backyard tennis court

This backyard tennis court is made of a concrete slab that has been covered with a rubberized sports coating.

Tennis court plan view

Backyard tennis courts are commonly constructed using clay, concrete or an acrylic material. Net supports must be more than 3 feet tall so that the center point of the net measures 3 feet. Layout lines can be painted on or made using chalk.

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Tennis Court Dimensions:

Size Notes
Playing area:
36 ft. by 78 ft.
The net posts will extend beyond the 36 foot width
Total dimensions: 120 ft. by 60 ft. Extra space is required for players to run after balls
  • Tip: If you're short on space you can decrease the overall size of the court to 110' x 55'. This should suffice for most casual players.

Tennis Court Anatomy:

  • Baseline - a 36 foot line marking the rear boundary of each half of the court
  • Service line - a 27 foot line between the net & the baseline marking the end of the service boxes
  • Center service line - line extending 21 feet from the net & dividing the two service boxes
  • Doubles sidelines - 120 foot lines marking the side boundaries for doubles play
  • Singles sidelines - lines running parallel and 4.5 feet inside the doubles sidelines
  • Alley - strip between doubles & singles sidelines
  • Backcourt - the area enclosed by the service line, baseline and singles sidelines
  • Tip: Many people opt for using their tennis court for double duty. A half court basketball court can easily be incorporated at one end.

Tennis Court Cost:

The cost of your backyard tennis court will be affected most by the surface material you select. Typically you will spend the most to install a clay court and the least to install a concrete court.

How to Play Tennis:

Official Tennis Rules (PDF) - Learn how to play from the International Tennis Federation

Contributing Author:

Scott Cohen, contributing writer for Landscaping Network and owner of The Green Scene

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