Tennis Rules & Equipment

He we explain the rules of the game and equipment as well as a look at the history of Tennis.

The length of an entire tennis court is 78 ft. Luckily it is separated by a net through the middle, so you only have to cover your half! The width of a singles court is 27 ft and a doubles court is 36 ft. 21ft either side of the net are the service boxes.

Questions are often asked about tennis balls - "what is the difference between one type of tennis ball and another?" "Why are they kept in pressurised cans?" Here we will try and answer these questions with our brief basic guide to tennis balls!

A tennis racket is a pivotal piece of kit for all players. Whether you own one or borrow one, it is impossible to play a game without it! Trying to find the right racket can be a very confusing and daunting experience for even the most experienced of players. Here, we will try and give you a bit of information to make this experience as hassle free as possible!

Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world, although the game as we know it today has only been around since the late 19th century. The roots of the game can be traced back much further, however. Popular opinion is that the inception of tennis can be traced back to 12th century France. However, the game played back then involved using the palm of a players hand to strike the ball. It was not until the 16th century that rackets came into use and the name 'tennis' was first used.

The standardisation of the rules of tennis is the responsibility of the ITF. Broadly speaking it is a very simple game to get to grips with. Here is a very basic beginners guide to the rules to help you get started: