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Longest Rally

Your author was very proud of having rallied for 235 hits with Robert Thomas a trainer of pickleball referees. It turns out that was nothing compared to an official Guinness record set by identical twin brothers Angelo and Ettore Rossetti. Their rally was much longer. How long, you ask? Was it

a) 517 hits?

b) 2024 hits?

c) 2037 hits?

d) none of the above?

OK, here you go: On October 10, 2021, in a continuous rally lasting 6 hours and 11 minutes, they hit the ball back and forth… Are you ready for this? 16,046 times.

They also established a record in 2008, since broken, for longest tennis rally, which consisted entirely of volleys, lasting 25,955 hits. At that point, one of the brothers, and we don’t know if it was Ettore or Angelo, hit the net.

The picture above was taken shortly after their 15,000th hit.

Don’t believe it’s possible? You can watch the whole six hours and eleven minutes here:



Your author left this running in the background for a while and found the sound soothing, almost hypnotic.

If you were tasked with breaking a world record like this, what would you do?

1 thought on “Longest Rally

  1. I think the record to break would be just like those guys, but all volley, meaning no bouncing.

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