The court layout plays a vital role in the success of every tennis match. A tennis court’s layout has two components: lines and colour coded areas.
One of the best ways to be assured that your lines are clear and concise is to use high quality tennis court marking materials. The different lines on a tennis court include:
A mark at the end of the court, if the ball falls over this line, it is called a long shot. The baseline is where a lot of modern games prevail.
b. Singles Line
This line is used in a ‘singles-game’ or a game with only two players. It is separated from the doubles line through a yellow double alley.
c. Doubles Line
The outermost line of the tennis court, measuring 11 metres wide, this line is relevant to a doubles-game or a game with four players.
d. Centre Service Line
This line divides the tennis court in half. A centre service line is also used to distinguish the right place to serve the ball.
e. Centre Mark
A small tab that is about 3-6 inches long and located at the centre of the court, it is used to determine which side of the court to serve from.
f. Service Line
The line from which a player must serve, the ball must land on or inside the service line to be called in. If the ball passes through the line, the point goes to the opposing side.
COLOUR CODED AREAS
The four-colours on a tennis court signify a certain rule.
a. Dark Blue
This area denotes the deuce service box. If the score is deuce, meaning two players have equal score, it is the spot where the player will serve.
b. Light Blue
Labelled the ad service box, it is the service point when the score is ad in or ad out.
Usually referred to as no man’s land, when the ball bounces in this area the players will probably struggle to hit the bouncing ball. It is better to stand either behind the baseline or just behind the net.
This area is the doubles alley. It is only used when four players are playing. For a singles-game, the yellow shaded area is out.
Note: Not all tennis courts are colour coded. Most are plain green in colour.