On Monday, Swiss tennis legend and current World
No. 2 Roger Federer challenged Australian great Lleyton Hewitt to
a high-impact game of tennis at the iconic Sydney Opera House, for
the exclusive global launch of Fast4 in Sydney.
With the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a backdrop,
Federer and Hewitt played a friendly Fast4 match on the Northern
Boardwalk at the Sydney Opera House.
In the more serious Fast4 launch, which took
place at Sydney's
Qantas Credit Union Arena later in the evening, Federer beat Hewitt 4-3, 2-4, 3-4,
4-0, 4-2 in just over 90 minutes.
Fast4 is an innovative, new format of tennis
developed by Tennis Australia. It is designed to offer a faster
game, and has four rule variations from traditional tennis: no
advantage scoring, no lets, a tiebreaker to be played at three
games all, with the first player to win four games winning the
set. It is designed to speed up the game, in a way similar to what
Twenty20 did for cricket.
“I'm delighted that the global launch of Fast4
was unveiled exclusively in Sydney, the home of world class
sport," said Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase. "Sydney is home to some of the leading
sports events in the world, attracting some of the world’s biggest
names in sport. We’re delighted to welcome Federer back to our
shores for this exclusive, global premier of the next best thing
in the sporting world. Sydney is proud to be part of this historic
event, celebrating the launch of the shortened version of the
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