What Do The Line Markings On A Tennis Court Mean?

Every year the country pauses for a few weeks whilst SW19 gears up for its busiest period. For line marking contractors and groundsmen, the task of setting the courts is an all year task and with the world watching, it's important for the surface to be as exquisite and exact as the tennis on display. So how important is the line marking on the court and what does it all mean? 

 

tennis court

1. Singles Sideline

This is the outer edge of the singles court, where you will place down-the-line balls to take your opponent out wide.

2. Baseline

As you serve, stand just to the side of the small centre marking. Placing yourself here will give you maximum court coverage for returns.

3. Doubles Sideline

This is the additional play space that doubles players have at their disposal.

4. The Net

The net is lower in the centre, so take the added height into consideration when you hit shots down the line. You might also approach the net to play volleys.

5. Service Box

When serving, you must place the ball in the opponent's service box on the opposite side from where you stand. The first serve of each game should finish in the service box to your left. On your second service point, move to the left-hand side of the court and play into the right-hand service box. Alternate until you have served out the game.

6. Base Line Centre Mark

As you serve, stand just to the side of the small centre marking. Placing yourself here will give you maximum court coverage for returns.

The court is 78 feet (23.77 metres) long. Its width is 27 feet (8.23 metres) for singles matches and 36 feet (10.97 metres) for doubles matches. 

For an 'Ace' application

An ideal paint for tennis and sports courts is usually a single-pack water-based acrylic such as Spectrum Courtcote.

For best finishes, a small airless spray machine can be used to ensure straight and crisp lines. For more information on paint, systems see: http://www.meonuk.com/linemarking

For more information on court line marking email mail@meonuk.com or call 023 9220 0606