Kyrgios headlines Sydney FAST4 line-up
THE fourth consecutive year of FAST4 Tennis in Sydney will feature a star-studded line up of talent ahead of the all-important Australian Open grand slam tournament in January.
Nick Kyrgios, Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev will all feature in the tournament to be held for the first time at Sydney Olympic Park on January 8 during the Sydney International.
World No. 21 Kyrgios, who defeated current world No. 1 Rafael Nadal at the 2017 edition of FAST4 jumped to be included in the quick-fire format of the game.
"Playing the FAST4 Showdown was a lot of fun in Sydney and I'm looking forward to playing again," Kyrgios said.
Kyrgios will star alongside world No. 3 Dimitrov and world No. 4 Zverev.
"The level of play was really high and I'm expecting it to go to an even higher level with guys like Dimitrov and Zverev competing," Kyrgios said.
"I've known Sascha Zverev for a long time, we played juniors together. He's played great tennis this year and done all the right things, he's a total professional.
"It's been great to see Grigor get back to his top form and finish the year at No. 3 in the world. He really helped me a couple of months ago and to see him have such a successful end to the year - it couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy."
The polarising Australian star likes the excitement and thrill that FAST4 Tennis brings to the game of tennis.
"FAST4 is a bit different to what we usually face on tour. It brings the pressure points or big points earlier which is fun to play, and also a lot of fun for the crowd - it's fast and exciting," Kyrgios said.
"It's no secret I really enjoy the atmosphere of a big crowd and playing FAST4 this year was a fun experience. It's great to promote this format and be a part of it."
FAST4 Tennis is a modified tennis format launched globally in Sydney in 2015 by Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt. The fundamentals of the game remain the same with four innovative rules to ensure tennis matches are fast, competitive, exciting and can be completed in a short period of time.
Players play lets, no ad scoring, a tiebreak is played at three games all and the first to four games wins.
Tickets for FAST4 Showdown are on sale now via Ticketek. Adult prices start at $39 and $10 for children. Family passes start at $88.