Billie Jean King’s Eye Coach is Being Used to Break World Records!

TWIN ROSSETTI BROTHERS SET TO BREAK GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS LONGEST TENNIS RALLY 1$ Million “Rally for Charity” Tennis Event to Take Place on August 8, 2015 at Weston Racquet Club

 WESTON, CONN. – Identical twin brothers and USPTA/PTR certified tennis teaching professionals, Angelo A. and Ettore Rossetti, will attempt the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Longest tennis rally, on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Weston Racquet Club in Weston, CT.

The brothers had previously held the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS record of 25,944 consecutive strokes for nearly five years after setting it on August 9, 2008. The feat took 14 hours and 31 minutes. In 2013, the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title was broken by a team in Germany. This year, the Rossetti Brothers’ aim is to rally for 100,000 strokes or 24 hours, whichever comes first. They have been practicing with the Billie Jean King Eye Coach and plan to use Prince Premier Racquets and strings for their attempt.

If the brothers succeed in breaking the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Longest tennis rally in faster than world-record pace (at least 5,000 strokes per hour on average), then they will win a $1 million annuity prize by Odds On Promotions for Save the Children. The Rossetti Brothers’ goal is to inspire children and adults with their efforts.

The rally will be both a spectator and participatory event. Fans can watch the Rossettis rally and also participate in tennis activities hosted by USPTA and PTR pros. Considered a Tennis Across America and Lessons for Life™ event, Cardio Tennis, a Play Day and USTA Junior Team Tennis will be included as part of the day’s fun. Tennis Across America features free tennis lessons and court time to grow the game, while Cardio Tennis is a fun, fast and friendly way to exercise, meet friends and burn calories.

USTA Connecticut and USTA New England will be supporting the event. The USTA is dedicated to promote and develop the growth of tennis locally, regionally and nationally in the United States. The USTA will host a Special Event Play Day and also a Junior Team Tennis Jamboree with activities for youth of all ages. Research has found that early positive experiences in sports create a lifelong commitment to an active lifestyle. Tennis is fun for kids of all ages and levels; with minimal risk of injury the sport provides many social, health, and psychological benefits.

This charity event will raise funds and awareness for Save the Children. Save the Children helps children in 120 countries, including the United States, providing support for health, education, protection, disaster relief and so much more. With nearly 1 in 4 American kids living in poverty, Save the Children invests in education, health and emergency programs right here in the United States. “We are raising awareness and funds for those children who don’t survive beyond age five around the world and those who don’t have the opportunity to learn here in the U.S.,” said Ettore, who is a teaching professional at Weston Racquet Club and works for Save the Children as their Director of Social Media & Digital Marketing.

 

There will be USTA and GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS officials on hand to certify and verify the event. Given the duration of the rally, a team of volunteer counters will tally the shots in the rally. The event is free and open to the public. It is scheduled to begin at 7:00am on Saturday, August 8 and conclude on Sunday, August 9 at 7:00am. “We are pleased and excited to host this charity tennis event,” stated Anthony Zangrillo, general manager of Weston Racquet Club, the host venue for the event.

Says Angelo, director of tennis at Weston Racquet Club: “This event gives us the opportunity to combine our two passions – tennis and philanthropy – and to give back. Our goal is to inspire kids and adults to Get a Dream, Goal Set, Goal Get and Give Back, our four G’s to achieve success and balance in life.”

During their 2008 GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempt, the twins struck one tennis ball continuously for 14 hours and 31 minutes without breaks for water, food or the restroom. By the end of the rally, the ball had no more fuzz, was noticeably smaller and worn down to its brown rubber surface. The ball has since been on exhibit at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.

The Tennis “Rally for Charity” event is made possible by generous event sponsors including: Prince (Official Racquet & Official Apparel), Weston Racquet Club, Billie Jean King Eye Coach, USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) and the USTA (United States Tennis Association).

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

To Donate Cash: Contributions are being accepted online at RallyforCharity.org or  www.SavetheChildren.org/rallyforcharity.

To Donate Items: Raffle items as donation perks or silent auction items can be mailed to The Rossetti Brothers c/o Rally for Charity, 3000 Whitney Avenue, Suite 132, Hamden, CT 06518.

To Volunteer: For volunteer opportunities please email angelo@rally4charity.org or sign up online at www.RallyforCharity.org