Double duty dads

2017-02-21 06:00
These Kommetjie dads plan to play non-stop tennis to beat a world record. Pictured are, clockwise from back left, Dean Ollis, Stefano Lindsay, Johan Radcliffe and Gysbert Pienaar.

These Kommetjie dads plan to play non-stop tennis to beat a world record. Pictured are, clockwise from back left, Dean Ollis, Stefano Lindsay, Johan Radcliffe and Gysbert Pienaar.

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Four Kommetjie fathers are doubling up to smash a world record.

The fathers plan to break the Guinness World Record for the longest doubles tennis match to raise funds for their children’s school.

The match, planned for the end of next month, will look to raise funds to build a second tennis/netball court at Kommetjie Primary School.

The school currently has one court, which is used every week by 200 children for tennis and netball games.

The funds raised will also go to resurfacing the existing court.

The world record is held by four men from the Netherlands at 57 hours, 32 minutes and 27 seconds. They played 46 matches, consisting of 112 sets and 975 games.

The date for this attempt has been set for Friday 31 March at the school’s tennis court.

The four men – Johan Radcliffe, Gysbert Pienaar, Dean Ollis and Stefano Lindsay – are not professional tennis players. But they do play a regular Saturday-morning game. “Some of the other tennis records were mostly for professional players. So attempting this non-stop doubles Guinness World Record was the obvious choice for us,” explains Radcliffe.

They are aiming to raise R450 000 and have been taking the challenge seriously, with multiple-hour tennis practise each weekend, individual training programmes, healthy eating habits, endurance training and positive thinking.

The community is encouraged to join in on that weekend with a range of activities planned at the school, including food stalls, a beer garden, April Fool’s Day dad’s cricket match and a campout with a potjiekos competition.

For more information contact Johan Radcliffe on 083 411 0895 or

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