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United States Tennis Association. Friend at Court: The USTA Handbook of Tennis Rules and Regulations. White Plains, NY: United States Tennis Association. 2013: 3. [link updated 2014, Ed.] "The court shall be a rectangle, 78 feet (23.77 m) long and, for singles matches, 27 feet (8.23 m) wide. For doubles matches, the court shall be 36 feet (10.97 m) wide." 261 m2
"Tennis." Encyclopedia Americana. 2003 Edition. Vol. 26. Connecticut: Grolier Incorporated, 2003: 491. "The court measures 78 feet (23.77 meters) long at the sidelines and, for the singles game, 27 feet (8.2 meters) wide at the base lines. For doubles, the court is made 9 feet (2.7 meters) wider by extending the base lines 4½ feet (1.37 meters)." 260 m2
Brown, Jim. "The Game of Tennis." Tennis Steps to Success. Second Edition. Human Kinetics Publishers, 2004. [Diagram] 261 m2
Walsh, George Ethelbert. Making a Tennis Court. New York: McBride, Nast & Company, 1912: 32. "The playing surface of a tennis court for singles is 27 × 78 feet, and for doubles 36 × 78 feet…" 261 m2
"Tennis." Worldbook. 2006 Edition. Vol 19. Chicago, IL: World Book, 2006: 161. "The court is 78 feet (23.7 meters) long…. The singles court measures 27 feet (8.2 meters) wide. The doubles court is 4½ feet (1.37 meters) wider on each side." 259 m2

Tennis is a sport played both indoors and outdoors. This fun sport is played between two people (singles) or between two teams of two people (doubles). People of any age and class can play this sport as a pastime. You can go bond with your favorite grandparent or get together with that guy or girl you really like. The objective is to hit a ball (with a racket) back and forth over a net until someone fails to return the ball.

Major Walter Clopton Wingfield patented a court similar to one used for tennis. His court influenced the design of the modern tennis court. The template of his court was modified and became the tennis court that exists today. In 1881, The United States National Lawn Tennis Association, which is now the United States Tennis Association, was formed to standardize the rules and organize competitions.

The tennis court is to be 78 feet (23.77 meters) long at the sidelines. For the singles games, the court is to be 27 feet (8.23 meters) wide at the base lines. For doubles, the base lines are extended to 36 feet (10.97 meters). Based on my research, the area of a tennis court is about 260 m2 to 261 m2. What a nice, big area for people like you and me to run around on.

What are you waiting for? Go call up your friends to play some tennis.

Amy Huang -- 2009