A doubles court is 78 feet long and 36 feet wide. Within that court are lines for singles play, at 27 feet wide and 78 feet long. When measuring for layout, use two 100-foot tape measurers of the same make and model.
Start the layout by establishing the line along which the net will follow. This line is generally not striped on a court, but it will give you points from which to measure out all other lines. Find the center point between the two posts and measure 18 feet toward each post. Mark each of these points. This will give you 36 feet of playing width.
From those end points on the net line you can find the four corners of the court. Measure from one of those points down the sideline 39 feet, and from the other end of the net line measure to the opposite corner 53 feet and 7/8ths of an inch. Where the two tape measurers intersect is a corner of the playing area.
Use this method to find each corner. When you've found all four corners you will have a 78 foot by 36 foot playing area. Service lines, alleys, and center marks are easy to find after that.
After the paint has dried and you have removed the tape to reveal crisp boundary lines, hand your customer his racket and toss him a ball!
Use special paints, equipment for turf striping
Turf striping is a bit different than the tennis court world. Many youth sports groups, city recreation departments, school systems, or college and professional teams have their own field striping equipment. Some contractors, however, do incorporate these services into their companies, whether they work for a school system, a city department, or other group that demands field striping. Having a connection with a city or a school system can lead to work in other facets of your company, such as parking lot striping or sealcoating, so it's oftentimes a valuable relationship. Keep in mind, however, that sports striping requires a demanding time frame — a field needs to be striped by the time a scheduled game starts play.
Fields generally have to be striped once a week, however this is dependent on the frequency in which the grass is cut and the use of the playing field. Turf striping can be done with different kinds of striping units designed specifically for turf striping, including aerosol can, variable pressure, or fixed pressure units. For the pavement striping contractor, there are airless units on the market that can be used on both pavement striping and grass striping, available with parts kits to maximize your machine's effectiveness on grass.
When choosing paints for sports striping, it's good to look for high-quality features such as high titanium content (for brightness), pre-straining, and a paint that won't "settle out," or separate.
"What's unique about sports striping paint is it does not kill grass and causes no hazard to the youngsters or people using the fields," says George Brophy, sales manager at Franklin Paint, which offers three types of sports striping paints.