Tennis Net Guide – All you need to know

Everybody knows that a tennis net is an essential part of any tennis game: no net, no play, no fun. However, not many people know what the right sizes of a tennis net are. Either if you want to buy a new tennis net for your court or club, or if you wish to know more about tennis, here you will find all the helpful information about tennis nets.


Tennis Net

According to International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules, Tennis Courts shall be 27 feet (8.23 meters) wide for singles matches and 36 feet (10.97 meters) wide for doubles matches. However, the tennis net should be wider as you have to attach it to side posts, which are placed 3 feet (0.914 meters) outside the court. That means you need 33 feet (10.058 meters) wide tennis net for singles matches, respectively, 42 feet (12.798 meters) wide tennis net for doubles matches.

Tennis Clubs, except for Wimbledon center court, will not have courts just for singles matches as it is a waste of money. So when buying your tennis net, check the length of the net and compare it with your tennis court’s size. However, 42 feet tennis net length is standard almost in every shop.

Do not forget that the tennis net mesh should be sufficiently small that the tennis ball (check our guide to best tennis balls) will not go through. However, usually, the net in tennis shops fulfills these criteria.

Tennis Net - 3.5mm Double Top
Edwards 30LS Tennis Net
Tennis Net
42ft wide (Doubles regulation) professional tennis net
Used at Roland Garros and the Australian Open championships
Manufactured from 3.5mm braided HDPE twine with double layered mesh on the top 1/3 of the net.
Exclusive 2-year WARRANTY
Easily Attaches
42 feet
Heavy duty vinyl coated headband
3.5mm braided polyethylene net body
Includes 5/8" fiberglass dowels and center strap
Tapered center
42 feet
Black 2.5mm twisted polyethylene with a breaking strength over 225 lbs
Headband is HD vinyl with 320 Ib. tensile strength
Bottom and side tapes are HD vinyl on sheath


The tennis net should be attached to two side posts at the height of 3.5 feet (1.07 meters). At the tennis court center, the height of the net should be 3 feet (0.914 meters). The net should be attached to the center of the court with the strap. The strap should not be wider than 2 inches (5 centimeters) and should be white. As we already mentioned, side posts are placed 3 feet (0.914 meters) outside the court.  In the case of singles matches, you will use two sticks when using a doubles net, which will support the net at the height of 3.5 feet (1.07 meters). Two single posts will be placed 3 feet (0.914 meters) outside of single court lines. In the case of a doubles match, you will not use single supportive sticks.

Side net posts should not be more than 6 inches (15 centimeters) square or 6 inches (15 centimeters) in diameter. The single supportive sticks should not be more than 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) square or 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) in diameter.

ProCourt Square Tennis Court Posts
Long life posts are constructed from 3in square steel.
14in steel ground sockets can be added.
Reliable and robust brass winder handle set and full pulley mechanism included.
Sockets can be added.
Life expectancy of 20 years.
For hard or grass courts.
Used at the US OPEN and other MAJOR TOURNAMENTS!


Tennis nets are usually made of Polyvinylchloride (PVC) or Polyvinylethylene (PVE). There should be a metal cable or cord at the top, which you will connect to side posts. The cord or metal cable has to be covered with the band. The band should be white in color, the same as a strap. The band size should be between 2 and 2.5 inches (5 and 6.35 centimeters).

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Simon is the leading editor of from 2015. He is an avid tennis player from age of 5, however, he never reached the pro level. Still, he likes playing tennis on different courts, with different rackets, and against different opponents. In his free time, you can find him watching all possible tennis matches he can find on the web or tv. Challenger or Grand Slam? It does not matter, just tennis matters.

He currently plays with:
Racket: Wilson Shift 99 V1
Strings: Babolat RPM Blast
Grip: Head Xtreme Soft
Shoes: Asics Gel Dedicate 7 (for hard outdoor and indoor courts) & Asics Gel-Game 5 Clay (for clay courts),
Balls: Dunlop Fort All Courts and Head Championship
Bag: Axiom Backpack

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