The net is an important part of a tennis court. It divides the court into two and challenges you to hit the ball above the net. When I was a beginner, my only goal on the tennis court was to hit the ball above the net.
Having the correct height is key for a tennis net. Imagine practicing for hours on a court that had the wrong net height and then playing a competitive match on a court with the correct net height? Your shots will consistently miss the mark because you practiced with the net at the wrong height.
Who sets the rules for tennis nets?
The specifications of the net are set by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
What are tennis nets made of?
Tennis nets usually are made of Polyvinylchloride (PVC) or Polyvinylethylene (PVE).
What is the height of a tennis net?
The tennis net has a height of 42 inches (107 cm) at the posts (ends) and a height of 36 inches (91.4 cm) at the center.
A metal cable or cord at the top – connects the net to the side posts, which have a height of 42 inches (107 cm). The metal cable or cord is covered with a white band.
The net is connected at the center (bottom) with a white strap. At the center, the height of the net is 36 inches (91.4 cm). The strap should not be wider than 2 inches (5 cm).
As you can tell, the height of the net is not uniform between the side posts. Near the side posts, it’s 42 inches (107 cm) but it is only 36 inches (91.4 cm) at the center.
Special rules for nets in doubles courts
There are special net rules for doubles courts. Doubles courts are wider than the singles court because it includes the doubles alley on either side. Singles court is 324 inches (823 cm) wide and the doubles court is 432 inches (1097 cm) wide.
The center of the net posts should be 3 ft (91.4cm) outside the doubles court on either side. The net used in doubles must be supported by two single sticks – at the height of 42 inches (107 cm). The centers of each stick must tbe 36 inches outside the singles court on either side. The sticks and the net posts should not be larger than 3 inches and 6 inches respectively and must not be more than 1 inch over the top of the net cord.
Crosscourt shots vs Down-the-line shots
Since the height of the net is lower at the center, it is easier to hit the ball down the center. In other words, your crosscourt shots are easier to hit than down-the-line shots.