Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt to launch shortened tennis format

Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt will pilot a new shortened, faster form of tennis ahead of the Australian Open

Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt are set to pilot a new shortened, faster form of tennis ahead of the Australian Open next year.

The format, which will be trialled in Sydney in January, features four rule variations from the traditional game, with no advantage scoring, no lets, a tiebreaker at three games-all, and the winner of a set being the first to reach four games.

“The new format is a game changer and is set to revolutionise the game of tennis, particularly at club and social levels,” said Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley.

“Time today is precious and this new fast format is perfect for any player who wants to fit their tennis matches into a busy lifestyle.

“To have Roger and Lleyton, our own great Australian champion, showcase the format for the first time is not only special for Sydney and Australia, but for the sport around the world.”

Hewitt and Federer, both aged 33, have faced each other 27 times since 1999, with Federer winning 18 of their encounters.

“Playing Roger in this new format will be an exciting challenge for both of us and a lot of fun,” said Hewitt.

“It’s a fantastic innovation for tennis, and one that I hope will take off.”

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