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
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.
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.
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