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   Longest tennis rally-world record set by Ettore and Angelo A. Rossetti

 NORTH HAVEN, CT, USA -- Identical twin brothers and tennis teaching pros Angelo & Ettore Rossetti played a tennis rally which lasted 14 hours and 31 minutes, with 25,944 strokes of a tennis ball-setting the world record for the Longest tennis rally.

   Photo: The rally was part of USPTA's Tennis Across America which included Cardio Tennis, team clinics, private lessons, fast serve contest and open court time. In addition, it was recognized as an official Lessons for Life fund raiser. (enlarge photo)

 Last August 18-19, the brothers had set the U.S. record of 19,490 successful rallies over the span of two days, taking 10 hours and 38 minutes. This year the Rossetti Brothers more than doubled the 7 hours it took for the past world record set in 2005, eclipsing the world record by 1,248 strokes. The previous two records were from the UK and Germany.
   These activities are part of USPTA's Tennis for the Health of it, it's theme for 2008. "We are so pleased and excited to be a part of this admirable event," stated Stephen Tagliatela, one of the owners of North Haven Health & Racquet.

   Tennis teaching pros Steve Rogers, Steve O'Connell, Paul Coorssen, Al "Skip" South, Bryan Adinolfi, Mike McManus, Paul Brower, and Mike Quitko were on hand to teach the clinics and support the attempt. The event an official Rally for the CureŽ, a grassroots partnership between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Conde Naste Publications.
    Photo: About half of the fans who were still left when the record was set. (the others left just a few minutes prior right after the record) Angelo in the middle holding the plaque with Stuart Claxston of Guinness World Records, with Ettore to the right followed by the Rossettis' parent (father in red).  (enlarge photo)

   The head counter this year was Tom Ettorre assisted by his two sons and a volunteer crew of clickers. He coordinated the team of counters throughout the day and evening. Given the duration of the attempt, volunteer counters had to rotate shifts.

   During the event, there were fund raisers to benefit charity including a car wash, point-of-a-sale tennis ball donations, tennis lessons and a silent auction.

    A partial list of auction items included: two signed items by Roger Federer, one signed tennis ball by Andre Agassi, JetBlue airline tickets and Prince tennis racquets, a case of Pro Penn tennis balls and Wolf Blass wine and a Connecticut Sun autographed team jersey.  

   The Rossettis are still counting the money they raised for charity while they continue to raise money toward their new goal of $25,944 to match the number of strokes they hit in the rally through December 31.

   "We did our part" said Ettore Rossetti, who also works for Save the Children as Associate Director of Internet Communications and Marketing.

  The two questions had inevitably been "How did you go to the bathroom?" and "Who missed?" They aired on the side of dehydration and starvation rather than have to succumb mother nature.

  As far as not missing, they instructed the counters to tell them when they had an even number of strokes just after midnight. So once the clock showed 12:01 a.m. on Sunday August 10, Angelo let the ball pass without even making an attempt at it, thus preserving the fact that neither Rossetti twin missed a shot.
   They each struck the identical number of shots, 12,972, which is apropos since they are identical twins.

   Sponsors of the event were: USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association), Prince racquets, Pro Penn tennis balls, North Haven Health & Racquet club, JetBlue airlines, Pilot Pen Tennis and Wolf Blass wine.

   Contributions are still being accepted online at
   The four charity beneficiaries are:
   ALS Association,
   Save the Children,
   Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the
   Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation.  


   Saturday, September 6, 2008

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