Besides the court dimensions, there is also the tennis net regulations that should be respected. Like the height, width, and also colors of the net.
In this article, you will find all the official tennis net rules accredited by the ITF and all other governing bodies of tennis.
As we all know, there is a net dividing the court across the middle. And it’s the main obstacle that can prevent the ball from landing on the other side of the court.
So, the net is imposing a minimum height of the shots. As long as the baselines are imposing a maximum length of the shots.
Tennis net regulations:
How height is a tennis net?
The net should be suspended by a cord or a metal cable that is attached to two posts called net posts.
These net posts are at a height of 3.5 ft (1.07 m). And the space between them should be totally filled by the net.
At the center of the court, the net should be at a height of 3 ft (0.914 m). And it should be held down by a white strap. Also, a white band should run along the top of the metal cable or 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.
But 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?
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).