Channel Nine grabs top tennis players for Fast4 tennis format

Federer will appear in the first Fast4 match

Federer will appear in the first Fast4 match

The Nine Network is pouncing on the annual surge in tennis viewing with a new short-format tennis tournament launch on January 12 with Roger Federer appearing in the first match.

The Fast4 tournament, launched in conjunction with Tennis Australia, is being launched as rival Seven gears up for the Australian Open which starts the week after, while it is already showing the Hopman Cup warm up tournament.

Federer will face Australian Lleyton Hewitt in Sydney next Monday, before Spaniard Rafael Nadal takes on three players at an event in Melbourne on January 14. The format is intended to be much quicker, with no advantage scores, lets are played, tie-breakers apply at three games all, and the first to four games wins the set

Nine Network’s head of sport, Steve Crawley, said: “Big names, fast games. At Nine’s Wide World of Sports we can’t wait to showcase this stunning new tennis format.”

FAST4 Matches on Channel 9

Monday, January 12, 2015

7:30pm –Sydney, Melbourne (LIVE)

7:30pm local time – Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth

Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney

Marquee match: Roger Federer vs Lleyton Hewitt

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

7:30pm – Sydney, Melbourne (LIVE)

7:30pm local time – Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth

Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne

Rafael Nadal will face a formidable trio, playing one set against both Mark Philippoussis and reigning US Open Junior champion Omar Jasika, and the best of five sets against former world No.7 Fernando Verdasco


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