Tennis is a competitive sport where single players (singles) or pairs of players (doubles) use corded rackets to hit a felt covered rubber ball over a central net onto the opponent’s court. Points are scored by hitting the tennis ball over the net in a way that the opponent is not able to return it.

Tennis matches are scored though a sequence of earning points, winning games, and winning sets. Four points and a two point margin over the opponent are needed to win a game. Points are named differently than the actual point count in the following way: Love (zero points), 15 (one point), 30 (two points), 40 (three points), Game (four points). A set is won by the first side that wins six games with a two game margin. Matches are played in a best-of-three or best-of-five set format.

When was tennis invented?

Modern tennis was invented as ‘lawn tennis’ in 1873 by Major Walter Wingfield. Wingfield was the first to introduce the net and net posts, rackets, and rubber balls, and instructions for laying out the court dimensions. Previously, tennis was played as a handball-like game called ‘Paume’ that was played by royalty.


How is tennis scored?

Tennis matches are made up of either three (women’s) or five (men’s) sets. To win a set, a player must win at least six games each that are scored by four points at intervals starting at 0 (love) and going up to 15, 30, 40, and game point.

How long is a tennis match?

The length of a tennis match varies considerably based on skill level and gender. Women’s matches last until a player wins three sets which can last up to three hours, but averages around two hours. Men’s matches are played to five sets and can last up to five hours with an average match time of three and a half hours.

Tennis Guides
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5’11” | 1.80 m
April 29, 1970
Andre Agassi
180.000
1970.00
50000
3D
Andre Agassi
5’8" | 1.73 m
June 7, 1981
Anna Kournikova
173.000
1981.00
66000
3D
Anna Kournikova
5’4.5” | 1.64 m
November 22, 1943
Billie Jean King
164.000
1943.00
54000
3D
Billie Jean King
5’11” | 1.80 m
June 6, 1956
Björn Borg
180.000
1956.00
27000
3D
Björn Borg
5’11” | 1.80 m
February 16, 1959
John McEnroe
180.000
1959.00
53000
3D
John McEnroe
6’2" | 1.88 m
April 19, 1987
Maria Sharapova
188.000
1987.00
131000
3D
Maria Sharapova
5’8" | 1.73 m
October 18, 1956
Martina Navratilova
173.000
1956.00
37000
3D
Martina Navratilova
5’11” | 1.80 m
October 16, 1997
Naomi Osaka
180.000
1997.00
269000
3D
Naomi Osaka
6’2" | 1.88 m
May 22, 1987
Novak Djokovic
188.000
1987.00
246000
3D
Novak Djokovic
6’1” | 1.85 m
August 12, 1971
Pete Sampras
185.000
1971.00
31000
3D
Pete Sampras
6’1” | 1.85 m
June 3, 1986
Rafael Nadal
185.000
1986.00
352000
3D
Rafael Nadal
6’1” | 1.85 m
August 8, 1981
Roger Federer
185.000
1981.00
470000
3D
Roger Federer
5’9" | 1.75 m
September 26, 1981
Serena Williams
175.000
1981.00
669000
3D
Serena Williams
5’9" | 1.75 m
June 14, 1969
Steffi Graf
175.000
1969.00
59000
3D
Steffi Graf
2.575”-2.7” | 6.54-6.86 cm (Diameter)
1.975-2.095 oz | 56-59.4 g
Tennis Ball
6.860
59.400
72000
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3D
Tennis BallView of a Tennis Ball in 3D available for downloadView of a Tennis Ball in 3D available for download
36’ | 11 m
78’ | 23.77 m
2,808 ft2 | 260.9 m2
Tennis Court
1100.000
2377.000
260.90
56000
https://p3d.in/e/Mzr1w
3D
Tennis Court3D model of a Tennis Court viewed in perspective3D model of a Tennis Court viewed in perspective
10’-12’ | 3.05-3.66 m
10’ | 3.05 m (Panels)
2.5”-3” | 6.35-7.62 cm (Posts)
Tennis Fence
305.000
305.000
7.620
100
https://p3d.in/e/4LyG1
3D
Tennis FencePerspective view of a 3D model of a Tennis Fence show the different required panel typesPerspective view of a 3D model of a Tennis Fence show the different required panel types
36” | 91.4 cm (Center); 42” | 106.7 cm (Net Post)
42’ | 12.8 m
.1”-.14” | 2.5-3.5 mm (Net Cord)
Tennis Net
106.700
1280.000
0.350
5000
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Tennis Net3D model of a Tennis Net viewed in perspective3D model of a Tennis Net viewed in perspective
10.625” | 27 cm
.625” | 15.9 mm
27”-27.5” | 68.6-69.9 cm
9-11 oz | 255-312 g
Tennis Racket - Midplus
27.000
1.590
69.900
0.312
70000
https://p3d.in/e/hcjZY
3D
Tennis Racket - MidplusPerspective view of a 3D model of a Midplus Tennis RacketPerspective view of a 3D model of a Midplus Tennis Racket
6’4” | 193 cm
2’ | 61 cm
4’ | 122 cm
Tennis Umpire Chair - Traditional
193.000
61.000
122.000
300
https://p3d.in/e/Vd6V0
3D
Tennis Umpire Chair - TraditionalView of a Traditional Tennis Umpire Chair in 3D available for downloadView of a Traditional Tennis Umpire Chair in 3D available for download
6’1” | 1.85 m
June 17, 1980
Venus Williams
185.000
1980.00
167000
3D
Venus Williams
Tennis Net
Simple elevation drawing of players playing tennis with a Tennis Net dimensioned for overall width

A Tennis Net delineates one side from the other during a match, and the players or teams start on opposite sides of the net. It is stretched across the full width of the Tennis Court. It is parallel with the baselines, and it divides the court into two equal ends. The net is held up by a cord or metal cable.

Good Tennis Nets are made of a braided net cord material, and they typically have double the mesh at the top six rows, side pockets for fiberglass dowels (that hold the net taut), and vinyl-coated steel cables.

Tennis Nets have a height of 42” (106.7 cm) at the net posts and a center height of 36” (91.4 cm). The total court width of a Tennis Net is 42’ (12.8 m) the net cord depth is roughly .1”-.14” (2.5-3.5 mm). The Net Posts are 2.5”-3” (6.35-7.62 cm) in diameter.

Set of zoomed in illustrations of a Tennis Net half dimensioned with overall height and width
A Tennis Net delineates one side from the other during a match, and the players or teams start on opposite sides of the net. It is stretched across the full width of the Tennis Court. It is parallel with the baselines, and it divides the court into two equal ends. The net is held up by cable cords.

Tennis Nets have a height of 42” (106.7 cm) at the net posts and a center height of 36” (91.4 cm). The total court width of a Tennis Net is 42’ (12.8 m) the net cord depth is roughly .1”-.14” (2.5-3.5 mm). The Net Posts are 2.5”-3” (6.35-7.62 cm) in diameter.

Set of zoomed in illustrations of a Tennis Net half dimensioned with overall height and width
Tennis Net
Height:
36” | 91.4 cm (Center); 42” | 106.7 cm (Net Post)
Width:
42’ | 12.8 m
Length:
Depth:
.1”-.14” | 2.5-3.5 mm (Net Cord)
Weight:
Area:

Post Diameter: 2.5”-3” | 6.35-7.62 cm
Mesh Size: 1.75” | 44.5 mm



Materials: Vinyl or polyester headbands; vinyl-coated steel cable mesh net; coated steel posts

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Tennis Court

Tennis courts are flat rectangular playing surfaces used for the sport of tennis. Tennis courts vary in materials depending on indoor or outdoor uses. Outdoor courts are made of grass, clay, or acrylic topped concrete, and indoor courts are commonly topped with hardwood flooring or carpet.

Measuring 78’ (23.77 m) by 36’ (11 m) for doubles or 27’ (8.2 m) for singles, tennis courts have an overall playing area of 2,808 ft2 (260.9 m2). To ensure the safety of the players as they chase balls outside the court boundaries, a clearance space of 21’ (6.4 m) should be provided beyond the baselines and 12’ (3.66 m) for the sides. The total area required for the court and the clear space is 7,200 ft2 (668.9 m2).

Plan drawing of regulation Tennis Courts with players for scale
Tennis courts are flat rectangular playing surfaces used for the sport of tennis. 78’ (23.77 m) by 36’ (11 m) for doubles or 27’ (8.2 m) for singles, tennis courts have an area of 2,808 ft2 (260.9 m2). A clearance of 21’ (6.4 m) should be provided beyond the baselines and 12’ (3.66 m) for the sides.

Measuring 78’ (23.77 m) by 36’ (11 m) for doubles or 27’ (8.2 m) for singles, tennis courts have an overall playing area of 2,808 ft2 (260.9 m2). To ensure the safety of the players as they chase balls outside the court boundaries, a clearance space of 21’ (6.4 m) should be provided beyond the baselines and 12’ (3.66 m) for the sides. The total area required for the court and the clear space is 7,200 ft2 (668.9 m2).

Plan drawing of regulation Tennis Courts with players for scale
Tennis Court
Height:
Width:
36’ | 11 m
Length:
78’ | 23.77 m
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
2,808 ft2 | 260.9 m2

Width (Full/Doubles): 36’ | 11 m
Width (Singles): 27’ | 8.2 m
Clearance (Back): 21’ | 6.4 m
Clearance (Side): 12’ | 3.66 m
Area (With Clearances): 7,200 ft2 | 668.9 m2
Material (Outdoor): Grass, clay, acrylic topped concrete or asphalt
Material (Indoor): Carpet, hardwood flooring

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Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras, born August 12, 1971, is a retired American tennis player. His professional career started in 1988, and it ended at the 2002 US Open when he defeated rival Andre Agassi in the final. Sampras has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles during his career, and 64 singles titles in total. In 1993 Sampras reached world No. 1, and he held that position for a total of 286 weeks, including an Open Era record of six consecutive year-end No. 1 rankings from 1993 to 1998. His precise and power serve earned him the nickname “Pistol Pete”.

Pete Sampras has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m) and plays right-handed with a one-handed backhand. Pete Sampras was professionally active from 1988 to 2003.

Collection of drawings of Pete Sampras measured with overall height
Pete Sampras, born August 12, 1971, is a retired American tennis player. His professional career started in 1988, and it ended at the 2002 US Open when he defeated rival Andre Agassi in the final. Sampras has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles during his career, and 64 singles titles in total.

Pete Sampras has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m) and plays right-handed with a one-handed backhand. Pete Sampras was professionally active from 1988 to 2003.

Collection of drawings of Pete Sampras measured with overall height
Pete Sampras
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6’1” | 1.85 m
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Plays: Right-handed

Backhand: One-Handed Backhand

Years Active: 1988-2003

Birthday
August 12, 1971

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Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King, born November 22, 1943, is a retired American tennis player. Formerly ranked world No. 1, King won 39 Grand Slam titles- 12 in singles, 16 in women’s doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. King has been a pioneer for equality and social justice, and in 1973, she won the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match again Bobby Riggs. She is also the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation. King was also instrumental in getting the cigarette brand Virginia Slims to sponsor women’s tennis in the 1970s. King was the first prominent professional female tennis player to come out.

Billie Jean King has a height of 5’4.5” (1.64 m) and plays right-handed with a one-handed backhand. Billie Jean King was professionally active from 1959 to 1990.

Drawings of Billie Jean King in a range of positions labeled with overall height
Billie Jean King, born November 22, 1943, is a retired American tennis player. Formerly ranked world No. 1, King won 39 Grand Slam titles- 12 in singles, 16 in women’s doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. King has been a pioneer for equality and social justice and won the “Battle of the Sexes" match.

Billie Jean King has a height of 5’4.5” (1.64 m) and plays right-handed with a one-handed backhand. Billie Jean King was professionally active from 1959 to 1990.

Drawings of Billie Jean King in a range of positions labeled with overall height
Billie Jean King
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5’4.5” | 1.64 m
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Plays: Right-handed

Backhand: One-Handed Backhand

Years Active: 1959-1990

Birthday
November 22, 1943

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Billie Jean King front (standing), side (playing), front (playing; various)

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Roger Federer

Roger Federer, born August 8, 1981, is a Swiss professional player, and he is ranked world No. 4 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has held the world No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a record total of 310 weeks. He turned professional in 1998, and was consistently ranked in the top 10 from October 2002 to November 2016. Winning 20 Grand Slam singles titles, Federer holds the record for the most Grand Slams won for a male player. Federer is popular among tennis fans for his all-court game, versatile style of play, and effectiveness as a baseliner and a volleyer.

Roger Federer has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m) and plays right-handed with a one-handed backhand. Roger Federer has been an active professional since 1998.

Drawings of Roger Federer in a range of positions labeled with overall height
Roger Federer, born August 8, 1981, is a Swiss professional player, and he is ranked world No. 4 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has held the world No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a record total of 310 weeks. He turned professional in 1998.

Roger Federer has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m) and plays right-handed with a one-handed backhand. Roger Federer has been an active professional since 1998.

Drawings of Roger Federer in a range of positions labeled with overall height
Roger Federer
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6’1” | 1.85 m
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Plays: Right-handed

Backhand: One-Handed Backhand

Years Active: 1998—

Birthday
August 8, 1981

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