Sydney - World number five Rafael Nadal
will headline a Fast4 exhibition in Sydney in January, joining Gael Monfils and
Australian stars Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios in the short-form format,
Tennis Australia said on Thursday.
The expanded event, which follows last
year's launch featuring Hewitt and Roger Federer, has an experimental format
with sets won by the first player to four games, no deuces and play continuing
after lets on serve.
"It's easy for the crowd to get
involved in every point which makes for a great atmosphere," 14-time Grand
Slam champion Nadal said.
The format has been piloted at clubs across
Australia and is being billed as the tennis equivalent of Twenty20, the short
form of cricket which has proved a commercial hit.
Nadal, Monfils and seven-time Grand Slam
winner John McEnroe will form a world team while Hewitt, rising star Kyrgios
and Pat Cash will represent Australia in the event in Sydney on January 11.
It comes a week before the Australian Open
starts in Melbourne on January 18.