FAST4 Tennis provides a simple, exciting way of speeding up a conventional tennis match. The fundamentals of tennis remain the same with a best of 3 sets format. However, there are four rules that ensure matches are fast, competitive, exciting and can be completed in a reasonable period of time.
From September 2019, the rules of FAST4 changed following feedback from players, parents, coaches and officials. The new rules are listed below:
1. First to four games wins
The aim of the short sets is to try to get the match played within 1 hour max.
2. Tiebreaker at 3 games all
At 3 games all a tie-break is played to 7 points, 2 clear at 6-6.
3. Match tie-break at 1 set all
If the score reaches 1 set all, a match tie-break is played to 10 points, 2 clear at 9-9.
4. No ad scoring
If the score reaches deuce, it’s a sudden death point. The receiver chooses which side to take the serve on. This also applies in doubles with the receiving pair deciding who receives the serve. However the pair cannot change positions. In mixed doubles the player of the same gender shall receive.