Wendy and I started this idea about a year ago, after we played a league match against Khayelitsha in Khayelitsha. Their facilities are shocking so much so that most clubs forfeit the match if they must travel to Khayelitsha. We probably had the best league experience ever, the Khayelitsha club members were super friendly and hospitable. Even some of the kids of the community came to watch and loved the experience.
Wendy approached me after the matches and said that she wishes we could do something for these kids. So the seed was planted and here we are on the verge of a Guinness World Record.
We have been trying to raise funds to resurface 4 courts and build a club house for them as well as some fencing between the courts. Up until now it has been an uphill battle. We subsequently met with a NGO called Kingdom DNA who are a Christian based NGO that focus on creating leaders and role models in the community of Khayamandi in Stellenbosch through religion and sport. Casper who runs the program is a tennis coach and so the writing was on the wall. We have partnered up with Kingdom DNA and have included Khayamandi in the townships we want to make an impact on through tennis. We have started a charity called Grass Roots Tennis. We also needed to have an NGO on-board so that donations go into a NGO’s banking account and not into our personal accounts.
The goal is to raise enough money to resurface 5 courts and build 2 club houses and to start a tennis academy for these two townships.
In order to raise awareness and funds for our charity I came up with this crazy idea of breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest singles match between 2 people (no substitutes). The current record sits at 63hrs 27min and 40sec. We are going to achieve 65hrs.
The actual event will take place on the 3rd of Feb starting at 17:00 and end at 10am on the 6th of Feb at the Constantia Tennis Club.
We are individually getting sponsors to sponsor us for every hour completed. We are also looking for corporate sponsors and lump sum sponsors as a means of raising the monies needed.