The singles baseline is 27 feet (8.23m) across. That’s substantial. It is a lot of territory to cover when your opponent is looking to attack you.
That’s a lot of running to do if you hit the ball to the wrong part of the court and open up angles to be attacked.
The picture below identifies where A, B, C, and D are at the baseline. Position A is always out wide in the Deuce court, and the area extends all the way from the net to the back fence.
Baseline Locations A, B, C, D
Last year on the Wimbledon Channel, I broke down the A, B, C, D areas and explained a pattern of play that you definitely want to avoid. It’s the C-B-A pattern. Watch the short video below to learn all about it.
2019 Wimbledon Channel
But with two right-handed players, the shot that is hit is typically a backhand up the middle of the court. And it’s going straight to your opponent’s forehand. And the natural angle for this shot is cross court to Position A.
That’s what makes this pattern so tough. How you hit the ball matters. Where you hit it matters more!
For more tennis strategy, please visit The 25 Golden Rules of Singles Strategy.