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Tennis: Sports for Hope Foundation sets Guinness World Record

Jerome Lacorte, who played over 32 consecutive hours of tennis singles; Marie-Christine Lee, founder of Sports For Hope Foundation; John Garland, Adjudicator of Guinness World Records; and Paradorn Srichaphan.

Jerome Lacorte, who played over 32 consecutive hours of tennis singles; Marie-Christine Lee, founder of Sports For Hope Foundation; John Garland, Adjudicator of Guinness World Records; and Thai legend Paradorn Srichaphan.

November 16, 2014: The Sports For Hope Foundation has set a Guinness World Record for most consecutive tennis singles matches after Jerome Lacorte, the charity’s representative, faced 33 singles opponents in 32 hours and 21 minutes at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

 

Lacorte began playing at 7.00am on Saturday and completed the challenge at 3.21pm on Sunday in his match against Chris Lai, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tennis Association, a supporting partner of the Guinness attempt along with Hong Kong Sports Institute, the host venue.

 

“It isn’t about the Guinness World Record for me, although I am pleased that we set it, of course,” Lacorte said. “It was about the teamwork and emotional support that I received throughout the build-up and during the challenge.

 

“The record itself means nothing compared to the Foundation’s fight and our vision. At the end of the day, holding the record is nothing compared to all of the emotions that we could live together and I never doubted for a moment that we could achieve this record.”

 

“The support I received is something I will never forget. It is an incredible feeling that comes through sport and it is something I am committed to sharing with youth in Hong Kong and worldwide through the Sports For Hope Foundation.”

 

Lacorte during his 32 hours and 21 minutes of consecutive singles matches.

Lacorte during his 32 hours and 21 minutes of consecutive singles matches at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

Marie-Christine Lee, founder of Sports for Hope, said: “After a year of preparation, thousands of hours of practice and over 32 hours of consecutive tennis singles matches later, we have achieved our goal of setting a new Guinness World Record. Together we have made tennis history, but more importantly we have raised vital awareness and new funds to support the work of the Sports For Hope Foundation.”

 

Lee paid tribute to Lacorte, whose singles opponents included current Hong Kong No. 1s Philip King and Zhang Ling, and Eliot Teltscher, the former coach of Pete Sampras.

 

“Jerome’s generosity of spirit and strength of will are what made this possible. His participation transcends forehands and backhands. Throughout the campaign he has been the embodiment of the values of sport, the very values that the Foundation exists to promote and share with the widest possible audience,” Lee said.

 

“Jerome has inspired us all with his commitment, his endurance and his resilience. We can never fully thank him for what he has done but can only hope that by his actions he has helped support future generations of sportsmen and women to pursue their passion.”

 

John Garland, Adjudicator of Guinness World Records, certified the attempt and presented the world’s newest Guinness Record on Sunday at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

 

“That was a remarkable, truly amazing, feat of endurance. What made it even more remarkable is the fact that it was done on a hard surface, with the previous record set on clay,” Garland said. “You continued to charge every ball throughout; you competed in every match and it was truly inspirational to witness and I am pleased to announce that you are now the holder of this Guinness World Record.”

 

After completing the record, Lacorte played a three-set exhibition match with Thai legend Paradorn Srichaphan, the former World No. 9,

 

“Once you realise how much work has to go into a record like this it is amazing. Over 30 straight hours of tennis!” Paradorn said. “It’s incredible and great for tennis and I congratulate Jerome on the achievement. Hopefully people who don’t know the game will see and read about this and will be inspired to try the game, especially kids around Asia.”

 

Source: Sports for Hope Foundation (sportsforhopefoundation.org.hk); Editing by SportAsia

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