At this year’s Hopman Cup, they played women’s and men’s singles in a best two of three traditional set format; which was followed by the participants combining for mixed doubles in the Fast Four Format. What is that?
Fast Matches in Fast Four
Because the players could have just completed a grueling two- or three-hour singles match, the organizers wanted to lessen the load in the mixed doubles round, so they played …
- No ad scoring, with a “deciding point” played at 40-40
- First to four games wins the set
- If tied at three games all, tiebreaker is played
- The tiebreaker is first to five … maximum of nine points, with each of the first three players serving two points each and the fourth player serving three points (if necessary)
- If they split the first two sets, and went to three games all in the third set, they play the same nine point tiebreaker to decide the match.
- So, it could come down to the last point being a MUTUAL match point!
I don’t normally like to PLAY short formats, but this one was fun to watch –especially with Roger in the mix and having some great multi-shot rallies.
What do you think?
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