Fast4 success at Sale Tennis Club

Sale Tennis Club's Fast4 challenge players were keen to take to the court after interruptions caused by COVID-19 and floods. Photo: Robin Lowe

SALE Tennis Club’s first Fast4 Challenge season for 2021 finished last week, with the Tennis Tragics taking out the trophy.

The season consisted of four rounds of tennis spanning eight weeks, after interruptions caused by COVID-19 restrictions and floods.

This didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the teams who turned up rain, hail or shine, to play, socialise and enjoy the sausages fresh from the barbecue.

Eight teams made up of workmates, social clubs and friends took to the court to play the modified game format during the extended season, with each team playing three sets of Fast4 tennis each night.

After the four rounds were finally completed, the Tennis Tragics, made up of Jo Rule, Jo Mactier and Prue McNaughton, were declared the winners, and will enjoy a night at Graze Family Bistro, Sale, for their efforts.

Described as the tennis equivalent of the Twenty20 format of cricket, the shortened format offers a fast alternative, with only four points, four games and four rules — there are no advantage scores, lets are played, tie-breakers apply at three games all and the first to four games wins the set.

The modified format provides an exciting and much quicker variation on traditional tennis, with each set limited to about 20 minutes.

The Fast4 Challenge catered for players of all standards, from beginners to seasoned campaigners, with the bonus of a popular weekly prize.

Following the success of this Fast4 Challenge, Sale Tennis Club is now seeking new players for the next season which will begin in August.

Players can be from businesses, family or friendship circles, or individuals can put their names down and be sorted into teams.

Prior tennis experience is not needed, and families and new players are especially welcome.
Sale Tennis Club is also recruiting for its night pennants, which begin in July.

Night pennants run on Tuesday and Thursday nights, with play from 7pm and finishing about 9.30pm. Player lists are displayed at the clubrooms.

Night pennants cater for players of all standards, and teams are graded around individual abilities to ensure an even competition.

With the club’s courts now lit with electricity generated and stored onsite, Sale Tennis Club can cater for up to 56 players per night, so those interested are encouraged to get in early.

For more information about night pennants, or to sign up for either the permanent player or fill-in lists, email theelms82@outlook.com or phone Robin Lowe on 0418 514 788.