Professional Tennis Court Lighting Standards

With the popularity of tennis, professional tennis court lighting is very important for tennis players and spectators. The lighting standards required to light a tennis court vary according to the standard of play from recreational to professional levels. Tennis facilities must provide evenly distributed light to provide players and spectators with a well-lit playing surface.

tennis court size

A tennis court is a rectangular field. Tennis courts come in two standard sizes. One is a single tennis court. Its standard size is 23.77 meters long and 8.23 meters wide. The other is a doubles tennis court. Its standard size is 23.77 meters long and 10.97 meters wide.

And leave a space behind each end line and side line, the free space of the end line is not less than 6.40 meters, and the free space of the side line is not less than 3.66 meters. The middle is separated by a ball net hanging on a rope or wire rope, with a maximum diameter of 0.8 cm.

type of tennis court

Tennis courts can be divided into outdoor and indoor, and there are many kinds of venues. This will be determined by economic factors. For example, lawn tennis is the most basic outdoor court. But it was too expensive to set up and maintain, so it is now being replaced by man-made fields, which are cheaper and easier to maintain. Another kind of clay court is very popular in Europe, and the French Open is such a venue.

Tennis Court Lighting Standards

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) sets requirements for lighting standards for professional games and divides the requirements into two categories: World Tour and Challenger Tour.

ATP World Tour: For World Tour events, lighting on the course must be evenly distributed with a minimum light intensity of 100 foot-candles (approximately 1076 lux). For televised games, minimum lighting levels should average approximately 285 foot-candles (approximately 3,067 lux).

ATP Challenger Tour: For Challenger Tour events, the lighting on the course must be evenly distributed with a minimum light intensity of 70 foot candles (approximately 750 lux).

Light Pole Mounting: According to the ATP, all light poles should be mounted so that the light is evenly distributed around the pitch. Mounting height should be no lower than 40 feet or lower than other non-display field lights in the facility. For example, if other non-performance venues are 60 feet, all upgraded fixtures should also be 60 feet tall.

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