Bayview Village Tennis Camp, One of the Greater Toronto Area’s Leading Tennis Clubs, Weighs in on Fast4 Rules Concept

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Bayview Village Tennis Camp, (http://www.BayviewVillageTennisCamp.ca), the Greater Toronto Area’s leading provider of first-class tennis camps and clinics for players of all ages and skill levels, is weighing in on the new Fast4 concept emerging in professional tennis.

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Bayview Village Tennis Camp, One of the Greater Toronto Area’s Leading Tennis Clubs, Weighs in on Fast4 Rules Concept

We at Bayview Village Tennis Camp have no immediate objections to the rule variations and feel organizers are correct in their intentions of making the game more suitable for TV viewers

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Bayview Village Tennis Camp, (http://www.BayviewVillageTennisCamp.ca), the Greater Toronto Area’s leading provider of first-class tennis camps and clinics for players of all ages and skill levels, is weighing in on the new Fast4 concept emerging in professional tennis.

Tennis Australia has put forward suggested rule adjustments that are intended to speed up the game of tennis. Dubbed “Fast4,” some of the rule variations organizers have implemented in the Fast4 format include sets being a best-of-seven series, with a 3-3 tiebreaker being a five-to-five-point contest, meaning players don’t have to win by two, no lets on service, and no sitting during changeovers. (Source: Page, J., “New Fast4 Tennis Scoring Step in Right Direction But Not Perfect,” Forbes web site, January 19, 2015; http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimpagels/2015/01/19/new-fast4-tennis-scoring-step-in-right-direction-but-not-perfect/.)

“Any change to the fundamental rules of a sport should be met with precaution, but looking at this new Fast4 model, the attraction is understandable,” says Peter Nielsen, director of Bayview Village Tennis Camp. “Tennis is becoming more and more popular, particularly with younger people here in Canada, so now organizers are searching for ways to make the game more engaging, specifically for audiences on TV; that means cutting down on the potential length of some of these matches.”

Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt played an exhibition match in January as the first test run of the Fast4 rule set, with Federer winning 4-3, 2-4, 3-4, 4-0, 4-2 in 92 minutes. Many major tennis organizations were observing the match to determine the rule set’s viability, but reactions appear to be mixed, even amongst the players; Hewitt approves of the concept, while Federer believes it takes away from what makes tennis special. (Source: Zwolinski, M., “Tennis Canada eyeing new high tempo fast4 concept,” The Toronto Star, January 13, 2015; http://www.thestar.com/sports/tennis/2015/01/13/tennis_canada_eyeing_new_fast4_tennis_concept.html.)

“We at Bayview Village Tennis Camp have no immediate objections to the rule variations and feel organizers are correct in their intentions of making the game more suitable for TV viewers,” Nielsen concludes. “These Fast4 rules won’t guarantee the length of matches, but they will certainly cut down on the time. This will hopefully help to attract new fans to the sport who may have originally been turned off by the prospect of incredibly long matches.”

Bayview Village Tennis Camp is open to young players of all skill levels. Its seasonal camps are always full, although spots still remain for summer camp registration. Visit http://www.BayviewVillageTennisCamp.ca for more registration details and other information.

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