How to establish and lay out playing lines

Note: Please refer to court layout diagram below when following these instructions

  1. In laying out court dimensions, first establish the center line between the net posts and locate the center point, C. Locate points A and B, 18’ on either side of point C.
  2. From point A, swing an arc of 39’ to Points 1 and 4. From Point A, swing an arc 53’ 7/8” to Points 2 and 3.
  3. From Point B, swing an arc 39’ to Points 2 and 3. From Point B, swing an arc 53’ 7/8” to Points 1 and 4.
  4. The points formed by the crossing of the arcs at 1, 2, 3 and 4 are the outside corners of the playing lines for a doubles court.
  5. From these points, the side lines, baselines and the interior lines can be established according to standard tennis court dimensions (see second diagram below).
  6. Note: All measurements are to the outside of the playing lines except to the service line and the center mark.
  7. Note: All lines shall be a minimum of 1” and a maximum of 2” in width, except the baseline which may be up to 4” in width, and the center service line which shall be 2” in width.
  8. As a means of checking the accuracy of the lines, the distance from Point 1 to Point 2 and from Point 3 to Point 4 should be exactly 36’ and the distance from Point 1 to Point 3 and Point 2 to Point 4 should be 85’ 11”.

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