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JUN
14
2011

Tennis Match GUINNESS World Record Attempt To Raise £18k For Disability Charity

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With The Wimbledon Championships just around the corner, two Oxfordshire-based tennis coaches are hoping to attract the tennis media spotlight on their attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous tennis singles match and raise £18,000 for the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust in the process.

Andy Aitken and Ryan Trickey have set themselves a match length target of 72 hours, which would convincingly break the current record of 60 hours, 59 minutes and 58 seconds, set in the USA earlier this year.

The record-breaking challenge will begin on 8th August 2011. Westfield Shopping Centre in London is the target venue if a sponsor can be found. Alternatively, the challenge will take place at the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon, Oxford. Alongside their own efforts, Andy and Ryan are actively encouraging local schools in Oxford to take part in their own fund-raising activities to support the Trust.

The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust is a tennis charity (charity number 1133589) that raises much-needed funds to help tennis players with disabilities ranging from sensory or physical disabilities to those with learning difficulties.

Formed in 1997 and named after the late Dan Maskell “the voice of Wimbledon”, the Trust grant aids individuals, disability groups and programmes, clubs, schools and associations to help with the purchase of wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants for coaching. Individuals who have benefited from the Trust include wheelchair tennis player Peter Norfolk who will be going for his third Paralympic Gold Medal at London 2012.

As an avid tennis enthusiast, Jeff Wayne has been involved with the LTA Tennis Trust, since 1992, and become a VP of the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust in 2007. Jeff has played many pro-am tournaments including for Muscular Dystrophy, Olympic Games Fund Raising, Save The Children and in 2006 he became a Patron of HAD (Hertfordshire Action on Disability).

2011 sees Jeff begin his 22nd year as Hertfordshire County Men’s tennis captain. He is a member of the International Club of Great Britain and has reached 8 national Veteran finals winning singles and doubles titles in 5 of them. Additionally, Jeff has competed for Great Britain on two occasions.

Fund-raising for the tennis match Guinness world record attempt has already started and donations can be made online at
http://www.justgiving.com/longestsinglestennismatch

Alternatively, text “TENNIS” to 70007 which will cost £3 plus your standard text message rate, and the Trust will receive a minimum of £2.40 for each donation.

Find out more and follow Andy and Ryan’s progress on Twitter @MarathonMatch72 or on Facebook (The Longest Singles Tennis Match).

The War of The Worlds Team

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