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A Tennis Court is a rectangular flat surface, usually of grass, clay, concrete or synthetic.

Tennis is played on a rectangular flat surface, usually of grass, clay, or concrete. The court is 78 feet (23.77 m) long, and its width is 27 feet (8.23 m) for singles matches and 36 feet (10.97 m) for doubles matches. Additional clear space around the court is required in order for players to reach overrun balls. A net is stretched across the full width of the court, parallel with the baselines dividing it into two equal ends. The net is 3 feet 6 inches (1.07 m) high at the posts, and 3 feet (914 mm) high in the center.

There are three main types of courts depending on the materials used for the court surface. Each surface provides a difference in the speed and bounce of the ball.

* Clay court
* Grass court
* Hardcourt
* Indoor Court

The general term hardcourt can encompass many different surfaces, ranging from old-fashioned concrete courts to coated asphalt to wooden gymnasium surfaces to artificial grass similar to Astroturf ® .

Clay courts are considered "slow", meaning that the balls bounce relatively high and more slowly, making it more difficult for a player to hit an unreturnable shot. Hardcourts and grass are considered "fast" surfaces, where fast, low bounces keep rallies short, and powerful, hard-serving players have an advantage. Grass courts add an additional variable, with bounces depending on how healthy the grass is and how recently it has been mowed. Of the major Grand Slam tournaments, the Australian Open and U.S. Open use hardcourts - though both originally used grass courts - the French Open uses clay courts, and Wimbledon uses grass courts.

 

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