Hewitt is on the Fast4 track
LLEYTON Hewitt says Sydney will witness the "future of tennis" at Monday night's Fast4 tournament.
Now in its fourth year, the shortened format that is likened to cricket's Twenty20 will feature Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios representing Australia against Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev of the world team.
And while the three previous events have been held in the city of Sydney, Monday's exhibition will be played at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.
"It's great it's going to be at Ken Rosewall Arena," Hewitt said. "The other times it has been in indoor stadiums and this time it ties in with the Sydney International, which is a primary event in this city.
"And apart from myself, we've got three other young guys playing who are the future of the game.
"They are three of the most exciting guys on the tour.
"Grigor and Alexander are ranked No.3 and No.4 in the world respectively, and we all know what Nick can do."
The Fast4 format is designed to engage a new generation of fans with its rule changes.
Players play lets, there is no advantage scoring, a tiebreak is played at three games all and the first to four games wins.
"It is fun but you have to be serious right from the start because the set can get away from you so quickly," Hewitt said. "That is what I've found in the previous years. If you go down a serve you can lose the first set before you know it.
"It is a game that does suit the servers, so I'm obviously happy that I've got Nick on my team. But Grigor and Alexander have got powerful serves too, so it will be a tough match-up."
Hewitt will take on Dimitrov and Kyrgios will face Zverev in individual matches before the event finishes with a doubles contest.
"It is like Twenty20 in cricket in that it is a shortened format, and that has always been the hardest thing with our sport when you've got grand slam five-setters, trying to keep people entertained for that whole time," Hewitt said. "This is a new exciting way to experience tennis."