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High school coach plays 35 tennis matches to break world record

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After playing tennis for more than 36 straight hours, a Faribault High School coach has broken a world record.

Darren Iverson, the high school's girls tennis coach, has broken the Guinness World Record for most consecutive opponents in tennis singles after playing 35 straight matches over 36 hours this weekend, pending it being verified by officials, the Faribault Daily News reports.

Iverson took to the court Friday morning, battling through the rain, playing through the night and into Saturday afternoon before taking the court against Dat Truong, a 2012 Faribault graduate, for the record-breaking 34th match, the Faribault Daily News says.

He played one more match before ending the marathon of matches around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, reports note.

According to the rules, Iverson never had more than 2 minutes between sets, side changes or opponents, the newspaper says. He estimates he went through 10 or 11 pairs of socks and six changes of clothes.

The previous record was set in November 2014 in Hong Kong when Jerome Lacorte played 33 opponents, Guinness World Records show.

Iverson played against his former players and friends, and took to Craigslist to scrounge up enough competition for the event, the Star Tribune reported.

The weekend event, which included a tennis block party, was also meant to raise money for the tennis program and attract more players to the game, Power 96 Radio says.

"We wanted to do something that would be a shot in the arm to Faribault tennis," Iverson told WCCO. "There's a really nice base of players and we want to increase the volume at our facility and raise some money to build a tennis shed."

Iverson began the Guinness World Record application process back in November and had numerous people on hand to record the matches to make sure it's official, the Star Tribune says.

Hammock record attempt falls short

Iverson wasn't the only one looking to set a world record this weekend.

About 200 people joined the Hammock Initiative in Fargo's Island Park in an attempt to set the world record for the largest hammock gathering in the world, but they needed more than 250 people swaying in hammocks for the record, WDAY reports.

The group says it will attempt the record again on World Hammock Day July 22, and perhaps again at Sway Day in the fall.

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