Tennis net height is carefully regulated to ensure a fair and challenging competition, allowing players to showcase their skills in a game that demands precision and control.
It adds an essential dimension to the sport, requiring players to clear the net with their shots while still aiming for accuracy, making tennis a dynamic and exciting game of finesse and power.
Tennis net regulations by ITF:
What is the height of a tennis net?
A cord or a metal cable suspends the net with the aid of two posts called net posts.
These net posts are at a height of 3.5 ft (1.07 m). And the net should fill the space between the posts.
At the center of the court, the net should be at a height of 3 ft (0.914 m), held down by a white strap. In addition, a white band runs along the top of the metal cable or the cord that extends the net.
You’ve probably observed that in a doubles match, the players are using a longer net than the one used in a singles match. The net rules are a little bit different for doubles. So, you must distinguish between them.
The 1st net type penetrates the singles sideline on each side: That’s a singles net. The 2nd type penetrates the doubles sideline on each side: That’s a doubles net.
The singles net exceeds the singles sidelines. Such as the net posts are 3 ft (0.914 m) outside the singles court on each side.
And the doubles net exceeds the doubles sidelines. Such as the net posts are 3 ft (0.914 m) outside the doubles line on each side.
However, it is important to note that the singles can use the doubles net. However, the doubles can’t play with a singles net. How is that exactly?
Finally, If there was a doubles net in a singles match, then two single sticks of 3.5 ft (1.07 m) of height should be used to lift up the net. These sticks are positioned at 3 ft (0.914 m) outside the singles court on each side.
The net width is the distance between the net posts. And with the specifications and measures already mentioned, you can easily conclude the width of a net.
Therefore, the net width for singles is 33 ft (10.06 m). And for doubles, the width is 42 ft (12.80 m)
Official measures of the tennis net equipment:
- The diameter of the cord or metal cable should not surpass 0.33 inches (0.8 cm).
- The width of the strap should not surpass 2 inches (5 cm).
- The band should cover between 2 inches (5 cm) and 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) on each side of the net.
- The maximum square or diameter of the posts net is 6 inches (15cm).
- The maximum square or diameter of the singles sticks is 3 inches (7.5 cm).