High school coach plays 35 tennis matches to break world record


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.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Teen arrested in connection to recent St. Cloud shootings

The shootings, which occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday, did not result in injury or property damage.

GoFundMe - Ryan Bialke

Red Lake Band raising money for children of slain officer Ryan Bialke

They're hoping to create a memorial and scholarship fund.

Andrew Thomas booking photo

8 years in prison for man charged with shooting at National Guard

He was accused of firing multiple shots at soldiers patrolling Minneapolis.

Facebook - semi crash july 30 2021 Hwy 212 - Chaska Police Department

'Large crash' involving semi-truck on Highway 212 in Chaska

Police are warning motorists about long delays.

Fairmont Raceway

Fairmont Raceway admits 'bad mistake,' announcer on leave after racist comments

The raceway promoter initially backed Len Oelke, but has now apologized.

Smoke and haze Minneapolis

Air quality still bad on Friday as wildfire smoke continues to blanket MN

The smoky haze will continue till at least Friday afternoon.


Maple Grove man defrauded PPP of $1.7M, used some to install pool

The 47-year-old pleaded guilty in federal court.

Ricky Rubio

Report: Timberwolves trade Ricky Rubio to Cleveland

Rubio's homecoming in Minnesota lasted just one season.

Tim Walz - YouTube - Screengrab

Gov. Walz: Newly-vaccinated Minnesotans will get $100

The incentive was announced shortly after President Biden announced the initiative.

Flickr - USPS post office mail truck - Paul Sableman

Man who attacked Oakdale postal worker gets 18 months in prison

He was accused of hopping over the counter and repeatedly punching the employee.

Wikimedia COmmons - Sierra store - Steve Morgan

Off-price retail store Sierra will open a St. Cloud location

It is the brand's first Minnesota store outside the Twin Cities.