Areas of the Tennis Court
Below you will see a tennis court with different areas labeled on it. Today we are going to go over the different areas of the court and what each is called.
- This is the baseline. This is where you begin the point as you must serve from behind the baseline. This is also where the majority of points are played hitting what are called groundstrokes. If you hit it past this line during singles or doubles play then you lose the point.
- This is the singles sideline. This is the sideline boundary that you must keep the ball in when you are playing singles. If you hit it outside of this line during singles play then you lose the point.
- This is the doubles sideline. This is the sideline boundary that you must keep the ball in when you are playing doubles. If you hit it outside of this line during doubles play then you lose the point.
- This is the net. The net is 3 feet 6 inches high at the posts and 3 feet high in the middle. You must hit the ball over the net on every shot.
- This is the center service line. This line cuts the court in half vertically but more importantly denotes the line between service boxes. You must serve into the service box across the net and cross-court from where you are standing(number 6).
- This is the service box. Like I said previously you must serve into this box across the net and cross-court from where you are standing behind the baseline when you serve.
- This is the service line. This is another line that sets the boundary for the service box(6). If you serve the ball past this line then it is out.
- This is the alley. This area of the court is out in singles play but is in during doubles play. This area is always out when serving.
- The center hash mark. This is the small line that divides the court in two at the baseline. This marks where you should serve on either side of the hash depending on what the score is.
These are some of the basic parts of the court. We will go into further detail on parts of the court with more advanced terminology. If you have any questions about these areas of the court and would like further explanation feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @launchtennis!