Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club serves up pilot FAST tennis fun

Saturday, September 21, 2019

WARRNAMBOOL Lawn Tennis Club will trial a new format as part of a four-week program.

FAST4 tennis — a shortened game launched with an exhibition match between 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer and Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt in Sydney in January — will be played at the Lake Pertobe courts from tomorrow night.

Club vice-president Kim Tobin said it was an opportunity for players of all abilities and experience to take part in a fast-paced concept.

“It is a pilot program Tennis Victoria are running in five tennis centres throughout the state and we were lucky enough to be chosen,” she said.

“There will be music on throughout the matches, prizes and it’s flexible and fun.

“We hope if it’s successful after the four weeks that we will include it in our schedule of club activities.”

Fast4 tennis competitors will spend one hour on the court playing three 20-minute doubles matches.

The format does not use the advantage rule and tie-breaks come into play at three games apiece.

Tobin said the club would run barbecues after each round.

It kicks off tomorrow from 6pm and runs each Thursday evening in March. Registrations can be made online or on the night.

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