British Tour FAST4

The British Tour was extended to Tier 3 in 2016. The Tier 3 events are one day weekend competitions which will use the FAST4 format. From 2021 these events will now be known as FAST4 Open Regional Tour.

We have also introduced some new FAST4 Seniors Regional Tour events in 2021, for the 35+ and 50+ age groups.

Why introduce FAST4 format to Regional Tour? Why introduce FAST4 format to Regional Tour? addremove

FAST4 Open Regional Tour (formerly British Tour FAST4) events were introduced in 2016 to allow adult players who may have previously played at a high standard (such as players that have played at good club level, county, national or international standard) the opportunity to compete in one day competitions whilst fitting this around their busy lifestyles. Many adult players are not able to compete in current week long Tier 1 and Tier 2 British Tour events due to work commitments. The FAST4 Open Regional Tour competitions allow players to play more matches in a short period of time.

Who will run FAST4 Open Regional Tour events? Who will run FAST4 Open Regional Tour events? addremove

The events will be run externally by venues and organisers who will have the opportunity to run FAST4 Open Regional Tour events on a specified weekend in a rotation in different locations around the country which will run as Grade 3 events.

Format Format addremove

The events will use the FAST4 format.

Find out more about FAST4

All FAST4 Open Regional Tour events will be able to accept 16 Men and 16 Women over the weekend. Each event will use a 16 player elimination draw with compulsory first match (custom) consolation. Events are run over one day and ranking points will count towards LTA Rankings and the World Tennis Number, when it comes in.

Acceptances Acceptances addremove

Priority will be given to players with a season age of 19 or older and these players will be accepted first based on:

  1. LTA Ratings (to be replaced by the WTN by Easter 2021)
  2. Where the LTA Rating is the same then LTA Rankings

Players aged 18 or younger will be taken as a second priority and will be accepted based on LTA Rating (to be replaced by WTN) and then LTA Ranking.

A player may only play in one event, within each rotation. If a player is found to have contravened the overlapping competitions regulation and competed in more than one event, then he/she will lose all ranking points from the relevant competitions.

Wild cards Wild cards addremove

Wild cards may be accepted if there are spaces on the acceptance list once players have been accepted. 1 wild card maybe accepted for every eight spaces of the draw at the discretion of the tournament organiser. Applications must be received to the tournament organiser prior to the draw being published. A wild card may be seeded.

Prize money Prize money addremove

There will be no prize money provided by the LTA however organisers may provide prize money and this information will be available as part of the entry process.

Calendar Calendar addremove

There will be 9 singles rotations on specified weekends in 2021 and 1 doubles rotation. Using the LTA Staged Rule, players will only be able to enter one event in a rotation where the dates overlap.

Download the updated FAST4 Calendar for May – December 2021

The FAST4 Seniors Regional Tour will take place on various weekends at venues across the UK. Download the FAST4 Seniors Regional Tour calendar here.