While the hairstyles and fashion trends of tennis players have dramatically evolved over the years, the courts themselves have mostly stayed the same. For over a century, they have been monochrome, with clean white lines delineating precisely measured boxes; the uniformity of each court is essential to facilitating the creativity that happens on it.
But this year, a few artists have disrupted this orderliness in five cities: Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cincinnati and New York. At the court in Miami, the center of the net seems to emit bold rays that form giant multicolor hearts. In Chicago, players run between leaflike shapes of varying shades of green. And in Brooklyn, courts in Highland Park reopened on Saturday filled with blistering comic-book lettering reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein.