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In the recent years, Tennis Australia has made a new way to play tennis. It is called the Fast4 format and is a new, fun and fast way to play tennis.
Fast4 has a shortened format to make matches faster. In other words, the fundamentals of the sport remain the same – with innovative rules that ensure matches are competitive, exciting and can be played within a short period of time by all abilities.
The rules of this format are as follows:
- First to four games wins (e.g. 4-0, 4-1 or 4-2).
- Always play lets. In current tournaments, lets must be replayed and serve again, but in Fast4 the opponent needs to get the ball back even if it is a let.
- At deuce, next point wins. (short or sudden death deuce.)
- Play tiebreak at three games all. The tiebreak is first to five points but if it gets to 4-4, then whoever wins the next point wins.
- You can change the set scoring if you want. For example, you can change it to 2, 3, 4 or 5 sets.
Some professionals tennis players like Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt and Rafael Nadal have played the new Fast4 format in Australia in some exhibition matches. Now Tennis Australia is incorporating this new format into youngsters' tennis for example in some junior tournaments in Australia.
For more information, please visit Tenis Australia website: