Stawell Tennis Club trials Fast Four format

TESTED: Col Prockter said the response to the Fast Four format during the Wednesday night tennis competition was positive. Picture: Anthony Piovesan
TESTED: Col Prockter said the response to the Fast Four format during the Wednesday night tennis competition was positive. Picture: Anthony Piovesan

Stawell Tennis Club’s Wednesday night competition trialed a different format of play last week, Fast Four tennis.

The format was a four points based system, where the first team to claim four points would win the game.

No advantage at the deuce stage was played. 

The competition also used tennis balls designed to suit the Fast Four style of play.

Wednesday night competition leader Col Prockter said the purpose of Fast Four tennis was to play an equally intense game of tennis in a shorter period of time.

“The tennis balls don’t bounce as much, so this allows players more time to hit the ball and it doesn’t get away from them too quickly,” he said.

“The bottom four on Wednesday night enjoyed it, they had more time on the ball and even the better guys found a lot of good solid rallies were played all night.”

Mr Prockter also said the concept was being trialed by Tennis Victoria. 

“Instead of three hours to play, fast four means you can turn up and play for an hour and then go home,” he said. 

The bottom four enjoyed it, they had more time on the ball and the better guys played a lot of good solid rallies.

Col Prockter