How to establish and lay out playing lines
Note: Please refer to court layout diagram below when following these instructions
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- From these points, the side lines, baselines and the interior lines can be established according to standard tennis court dimensions (see second diagram below).
- Note: All measurements are to the outside of the playing lines except to the service line and the center mark.
- 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.
- 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”.