Angelo and Ettore Rossetti, who are aiming to break the Guinness World Records title and raise $1 million for Save the Children in the early August. Photo courtesy of The Rossetti Brothers.
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Fairfield, Conn. (June 8, 2015) — Identical twin brothers Angelo and Ettore Rossetti will attempt the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the longest tennis rally while also raising $1 million for Save the Children on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at Weston Racquet Club in Weston, Conn.
If they succeed in record pace, the brothers will win a $1 million annuity prize by Odds On Promotions for Save the Children.
“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 Rossetti, who is also a teaching professional at Weston Racquet Club.
The brothers had previously held the Guinness World 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, their Guinness Worlds 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.
The twins are both certified tennis teaching professionals through the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), and one of the brothers, Ettore Rossetti, is Save the Children’s director of Social Media and Digital Marketing.
How You Can Participate
The rally will be both a spectator and participatory event. Fans can watch the Rossettis rally and also participate in tennis activities hosted by USTA and USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association), including Tennis Across America, Cardio Tennis and Lessons for Life and USTA Junior Team Tennis. Go to www.RallyforCharity.org to learn more.
There will be USTA and Guinness World Records officials on hand to certify and verify the event, which is free and open to the public. It is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 7 a.m., and conclude on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 7 a.m.
“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,” said Angelo Rossetti, director of tennis at Weston Racquet Club.
During their 2008 Guinness World Records attempt, the twins did not break for water, food or the restroom. By the end of the rally, the ball had no more fuzz, was noticeably smaller and had 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, Weston Racquet Club, Billie Jean King Eye Coach, USPTA and the USTA .
How You Can Help
To Donate Cash: Contributions are being accepted online at RallyforCharity.org or 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, contact Weston Racquet Club at (203) 226-3349, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up online at www.RallyforCharity.org .
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