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Jérôme Lacorte Sets New World Record in Tennis

The sports of tennis is not something you often hear being associated with Guinness World Record.  A tennis coach named Jérôme Lacorte in Hong Kong managed to book his name in the book of world record this week.

So how did he achieve it? He single-handedly took on 33 opponents over 32 hours and 21 minutes period consecutively.  The 40-year-old professional coach broke the record at the Hong Kong Sports Institute, previously held by Dutch Erik van der Laan with 32 consecutive singles match.

“I am exhausted,” Lacorte, a French citizen, said with a smile after completing the challenge that began at 7am on Saturday. But fatigue didn’t stop him from participating in an additional short exhibition match against former world number 9 Paradorn Srichaphan right after setting the new world record.

The Thai star made a special appearance to support Lacorte’s effort to raise awareness for the Sports for Hope Foundation.

Marie-Christine Lee, the Sports for Hope Foundation’s founder, said she was touched by Lacorte’s effort to help a good cause. “Jerome showed his superb determination,” said Lee, who was Lacorte’s second-to-last opponent in the challenge.

Lee said the Foundation almost achieved raising HK$10 million in its campaign.

John Garland, an adjudicator for Guinness World Records, said he was impressed by Lacorte’s achievement.

“He has been playing tennis for more than 32 hours, that’s an amazing feet of endurance,” said Garland. “I wasn’t 100 per cent certain that he would make it. His body and mind have got to keep going for that amount of time. That’s difficult.”
Jérôme Lacorte Sets New World Record in Tennis Reviewed by Brandon on 11/22/2014 Rating: 5

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