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.

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Tennis Ball
2.575”-2.7” | 6.54-6.86 cm (Diameter)
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View of a Tennis Ball in 3D available for download
Tennis Net
36” | 91.4 cm (Center); 42” | 106.7 cm (Net Post)
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3D model of a Tennis Net viewed in perspective

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Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova, born June 7, 1981, is a retired Russian tennis player and American television personality. Her celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis players worldwide. While Kournikova has never known a singles title, she reached No. 8 in the world in 2000. She has had greater success playing doubles with her partner Martina Hingis, and Kournikova was at times the No. 1 player. Together they referred to themselves as the “Spice Girls of Tennis”. Kournikova retired from tennis at the age of 21, and she resides in Miami Beach, Florida with singer Enrique Iglesias.

Anna Kournikova has a height of 5’8" (1.73 m) and plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand. Anna Kournikova was professionally active from 1995 to 2007.

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Anna Kournikova, born June 7, 1981, is a retired Russian tennis player and American television personality. Her celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis players worldwide. While Kournikova has never known a singles title, she reached No. 8 in the world in 2000.

Anna Kournikova has a height of 5’8" (1.73 m) and plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand. Anna Kournikova was professionally active from 1995 to 2007.

Set of illustrations of Anna Kournikova in various poses dimensioned with overall height
Anna Kournikova
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Plays: Right-handed

Backhand: Two-Handed Backhand

Years Active: 1995-2007

Birthday
June 7, 1981

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Tennis Ball

A Tennis Ball is a ball designed for the sport of tennis. At major sporting events Tennis Balls are a fluorescent yellow, but in recreational play, they can be virtually any color. A fibrous felt that modifies aerodynamic properties cover the ball, and each one has a white curvilinear oval.

To be approved for regulation play, Tennis Balls must conform to certain criteria for size, weight, deformation, and bounce. Due to cheaper labor costs and materials, the majority of Tennis Balls are manufactured in the Far East. Starting from the 1980s, Tennis Balls come in plastic cans with a full-top pull-tab seal and a plastic lid that fit three or four balls per can.

Tennis Balls have a diameter of 2.575”-2.7” (6.54-6.86 cm) and circumference of 8.09”-8.48” (20.6-21.5 cm). The mass of a Tennis Ball must be between 1.975-2.095 oz (56-59.4 g).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a Tennis Ball measured with diameter and circumference
A Tennis Ball is a ball designed for the sport of tennis. At major sporting events Tennis Balls are a fluorescent yellow, but in recreational play, they can be virtually any color. A fibrous felt that modifies aerodynamic properties cover the ball, and each one has a white curvilinear oval.

Tennis Balls have a diameter of 2.575”-2.7” (6.54-6.86 cm) and circumference of 8.09”-8.48” (20.6-21.5 cm). The mass of a Tennis Ball must be between 1.975-2.095 oz (56-59.4 g).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a Tennis Ball measured with diameter and circumference
Tennis Ball
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2.575”-2.7” | 6.54-6.86 cm (Diameter)
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1.975-2.095 oz | 56-59.4 g
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Circumference: 8.09”-8.48” | 20.6-21.5 cm

Materials: Rubber core; wool or nylon shell

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Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf, born June 14, 1969, is a retired German tennis player. She was ranked world No. 1 for 377 weeks, and she won 22 Grand Slam titles, which ranks second since the introduction of the Open Era. Graf become the only tennis player to achieve the Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam singles titles and the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year. Graf’s athleticism, ability, and aggressive game played from the baseline, have been credited to the development of the modern style of play. She is also considered instrumental in popularizing tennis in Germany. In 2001 Graf married former tennis player Andre Agassi.

Steffi Graf has a height of 5’9" (1.75 m) and plays right-handed with a one-handed backhand. Steffi Graf was professionally active from 1982 to 1999.

Collection of drawings of Rafael Nadal measured with overall height
Steffi Graf, born June 14, 1969, is a retired German tennis player. She was ranked world No. 1 for 377 weeks, and she won 22 Grand Slam titles, which ranks second since the introduction of the Open Era. Graf become the only tennis player to achieve the Golden Slam.

Steffi Graf has a height of 5’9" (1.75 m) and plays right-handed with a one-handed backhand. Steffi Graf was professionally active from 1982 to 1999.

Collection of drawings of Rafael Nadal measured with overall height
Steffi Graf
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Plays: Right-handed
Backhand: One-Handed Backhand

Years Active: 1982-1999

Birthday
June 14, 1969

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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic, born May 22, 1987, is a Serbian professional tennis player and he is ranked world No.1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has held this spot for over 280 weeks. Djokovic has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles as of 2020, the third-most in history for a male player. He has also won five ATP Finals titles, 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, and 14 ATP Tour 500 titles. Djokovic is the first Serbian player to be ranked No. 1 by the ATP, and he is the first male player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Novak Djokovic has a height of 6’2" (1.88 m) and plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand. Novak Djokovic has been an active professional since 2003.

Collection of drawings of Novak Djokovic measured with overall height
Novak Djokovic, born May 22, 1987, is a Serbian professional tennis player and he is ranked world No.1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has held this spot for over 280 weeks. Djokovic has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles as of 2020.

Novak Djokovic has a height of 6’2" (1.88 m) and plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand. Novak Djokovic has been an active professional since 2003.

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Novak Djokovic
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Plays: Right-handed

Backhand: Two-Handed Backhand

Years Active: 2003—

Birthday
May 22, 1987

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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
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36’ | 11 m
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78’ | 23.77 m
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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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