Real size of a tennis court.

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  1. Lleyton Hewitt

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    What are the exact measurements for tennis courts at grand slams. I played a doubles tournament today at my school and got to the final. The court looked smaller than the one i usually play at in manchester (sport city). I was worried that i would always hit the ball out coz the courts were smaller so i took more care rather than go for winners which is probably why i didnt win. Also the doubles pair in the final had lot of practice on the courts and it was the 1st time me and my partner pld together,
     
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  2. Marat Safinator

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    some courts are smaller than others, ive heard a few pros say it and peter fleming. Im playing on a court pretty soon that feels tiny , which is measured to be smaller than my local club's courts.
     
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  3. Rafferty

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    often times the size of the court appearing large or smaller than it really is, is an illusion created by where the court is and its surroundings such as fences, the distance between courts, and other permanent structures.
     
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  4. Marat Safinator

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    but alot of coruts are actually smaller/bigger than one another.
     
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  5. Lleyton Hewitt

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    yeh i understand what u say rafferty but i know for a fact they are not the same size as my locals. The tramlines are about 2cm short of proper tennis courts. Baseline i say about 3 or 4.....baseline is exact same size as the tramlines. (thats not right) To me the baseline looks twice as big as tram lines.
     
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  6. Geezer Guy

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    Tennis courts are kind of like golf courses. The size and shape depends on who designs them. True, there's a general layout that everyone follows - you know, a net in the middle and a couple of boxes to serve into - but other than that it's up to the designer. Some are much smaller, if it's a small indoor club for example, and other's can be larger if they're outdoor and space isn't a premium. The courts at the Grand Slam's are larger because they're played in a large stadium, and the designers wanted even the people sitting in the upper decks to be able to see the court. That's why the rallies last so long - the courts are so much larger to hit into. Wimbledon, on the other hand, has a smaller grandslam so it's court is smaller. That's why the points go so quickly there - players just can't hit the ball into that small court.

    And, have you noticed that at the French Open they play a lot more diagonal points? The FO courts are shorter than the others, but much wider across. That's why so many points are played on the diagonal.

    (not)
     
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  7. MTChong

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    Hahahahaha, nice.

    78' x 36', I think the dimensions are.
     
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  8. MariaS

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    I always thought it was an illusion caused by the color of the court itself. :rolleyes:
     
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    To me, the center courts look smaller than the practice courts, or atleast shorter. I think that is because of the camera height, though.
     
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    lmao:eek: was about to say......
     
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  11. Return_Ace

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    i thought it was just because they use different cameras which produce different angles at each tournament....

    i mean i can't believe the size of a tennis court isn't standardised....

    it's like saying "wow, i want this game of football (soccer to you mericano's) to be shorter and have more goals... let's make the pitch shorter"

    i just don't believe it until i actually see it..... a tennis court is a tennis court ...
     
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  12. Maestro Nalbandian

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    Wow, Wimbledon center court smaller, French Open shorter? Is this true? Can anyone confirm this?
     
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  13. RoddickAce

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    Note the small "(not)" at the bottom of his post. He was just being sarcastic.:)
     
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  14. zapvor

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    dimensions are the same 46 x 78 but its the backcourt and side that vary. on a public court the distance between net posts are much closer, whereas on a centercourt/show court the spaces are much wider, thus allowing you to run wide and hit a crazy angle because you wont run into the next court
     
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  15. Maestro Nalbandian

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    Oops, missed that part:oops:

    I do find a lot of the local tennis club courts are indeed smaller than a full size competition court. And I'm wondering if those different tennis clubs have different size courts as well.:confused:
     
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  16. jswinf

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    My neighborhood court has an extreme dogleg to the left because of a cactus in the way...

    Actually it's easy enough to accept courts being laid out a few inches off, but you wouldn't expect too much variance. I guess it's possible, especially in a homemade, back-yard court.

    Just read The Education of a Tennis Player (Rod Laver and Bud Collins) and Laver recalls a pro indoor match in the mid-1960s where his opponent was passing him a lot even though he thought he was hitting good approach shots, and Laver's passing shots were working really well, too. Turns out that court was something like 3 feet too wide and 2 feet too long.
     
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    Here's an interesting aspect:

    The distance from the net to the baseline may be 39'. However, if the slant of the court (usually for drainage on hard courts) is oriented toward the net instead of the sideline, the absolute distance baseline-to-baseline is actually shorter by a few inches.

    Sound ridiculous? I've seen it at a couple of public facilities. An engineer friend actually brought out a laser range finder to confirm the point-to-point distance, not the ground distance.

    The other factor has been previously mentioned, i.e. the space behind the baseline and space between adjacent courts.
     
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