Back to the basics: Tennis slang

When it comes to playing tennis most people forget the basics.  This is a very simple explanation of the court to get started.  This will also help you learn the language of tennis. In total the playing area of a doubles tennis court is 78’x36’, while the singles playing area is 78’x27’. The total fenced in area ideally is 60’x120’. Each court is composed of quite a few elements. Below is a diagram and glossary of the different sections within these courts.


  1. Baseline- The base line is 39’ from the net and 36’ wide, for doubles it is 27’ wide and for singles it is 39’ wide. Start each point just behind the baseline, whether you’re serving or awaiting your opponent’s serve.  The baseline is where a lot of the modern game occurs.
  1. Singles, sideline- The entire singles court is 27’ wide by 78’ long.The 27’ is the outer edge of the singles court, where you will place down -the-line balls to take your opponent out wide.
  1. Doubles, sideline- The court becomes 36’ wide by 78’ long for doubles.
  1. Net- The net is 3’ high in the Center and 3’6” at the posts. You need to take the added height into consideration when you hit shots down the line.  you should also approach the net to play volleys.
  1. Centre service line- The Centre line divides the court up in to four service boxes.
  1. Service box- The tennis court service boxes are each 21’ from the net and 13’6” wide.When serving, you must place the ball in the opponents service box on the opposite side from where you stand.  The first serve of each game should finish in the service box to your left. On your second server, move to the left-hand side of the court and play into the right-hand service box.  Alternate until you have served out the game.
  1. Service line Is 21’ from the net and 27’ wide. Balls must land inside ,or on, the service line and the Centre service line in the correct service box to be called in.
  1. Doubles, tramline- This is the additional play space that doubles players have at their disposal. There is an additional 4’6” on each side, or  in the doubles court it is 9’ wide than a singles court.
  1. Baseline Centre mark- Is a small rectangle approximately 6”x2” in the center of each base line. As you serve, stand just to the side of the small Centre marking.  Placing yourself here will give you maximum court coverage for returns.

Net Diagram

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Tennis Court Diagramtennis-court-dimensions-and-layout

USTA Tennis Court Diagram

US Open Tennis Dimensions

Asphalt Berm and Curbing

Curbing  in your parking lot can play many rolls. Curbing can be used to establish the edge of the pavement so that vehicles stay on the asphalt. It is also used to direct water flow toward catch basins (storm drains). Curbing can also be used to protect islands and landscaping and to keep the landscaping from washing out in to the parking area during rains.

Granite and concrete curbs are ideal for parking lots and roadways. They are much stronger than asphalt berms, but they are also much more expensive. Wherever your budget can afford , we would recommend installing granite or concrete curbing. If the budget does not allow it to be installed in the entire area at least install concrete or granite in areas that will be hit or run over frequently by trucks, cars and snow plows.

In New England there are basically two types of asphalt curbing  or berm. The traditional berm is a 6” to 8” high straight up berm which is called the loaf. It looks like a loaf of bread. If a snow plow or vehicle hits this type of berm it can become damaged very easily.It may become cracked, pieces broken off or just pushed right off the parking lot.

The cape cod asphalt berm style is becoming more popular for curbing. It has a sloped front, angling from the front base to the top of approximately 6” high back. It looks similar to a triangle. The theory behind a sloped front is when a snow plow hits the curb it will bounce over it and not just push it off the edge of the pavement.The one drawback to cape cod berm is a vehicle can hit it and drive over it a lot easier than a straight up berm. The cape cod style berm or curbing we can feel will hold up longer in the snowy New England winters. When installing an asphalt berm or curb on a new parking lot it should be installed after the binder course is installed. After the berm is installed the finish course is then paved, locking the berm into the pavement and making it harder for it to be pushed off the parking lot. If the berm is installed after the parking lot is paved it is just sitting on top of the asphalt and is easily just pushed off the pavement by vehicles.

Asphalt curbing is not like concrete or granite curbing, and it does not have a base foundation supporting it. Whether the asphalt berm is being install on a new parking lot or replacing some broken pieces, it needs to have some support behind it to help keep it in place. The area behind the berm should be back filled and compacted with dirt or stone. This will help prevent it from being pushed off the edge of the parking lot. Back filling behind concrete or granite curbing is also a very good idea. When choosing the type of curbing for your parking lot it is important to decide what type fits your budget and conditions best. It is also very important to make sure it is installed and supported properly.

New England Sealcoating can help you with your repairs and installation of all types of curbing.

Call or visit our website today to see if we can help you choose which curbing best suites your needs.

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