In the region: Hunting Hills out to break record for largest tennis tournament - Roanoke Times

Hunting Hills Country Club is looking to get its tennis facilities into the Guinness Book of World Records on Saturday.

Those in charge of the event are still looking for some help.

The mission is to hold the world's largest tennis tournament. To break the record, the bracket will need to include at least 257 entries.

If that sounds like a long day in the sun and at the club, don't fret, if all goes well, the whole process should be done in just a few hours.

Each match will consist of one point -- that's right, 15-love gets you to the next round.

The tournament is also a benefit for the American Cancer Society. All of the proceeds from the $20 entry fee per player will go to the cause. Hunting Hills head tennis professional John Barker said he proposed the beneficiary in honor of three local tennis players who are cancer survivors, as well as in memory of his father, who died of complications of cancer a little less than three years ago.

Anyone who wants to be part of the record, regardless of age or membership status, is invited to attend.

Right now, the youngest entrant is 4 years old, while the oldest is Roanoke Country Club member Carl Shertz, who is 93.

"We're doing this to show that tennis is a sport that you can play for a lifetime -- anytime, any age," Barker said.

The first matches are scheduled to be played at 1 p.m. Those who are eliminated are invited to stick around for food, drinks and other games. There will also be plenty of prizes given away.

For more information, call the Hunting Hills tennis pro shop at 540-774-8880. You can also sign up at the club website:, or go to the club's Facebook page and sign up there.

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