Courtesy: Gustavus Adolphus Athletics
ST. PETER - Minn. - Gustavus Adolphus College will join with KARE 11 Television on May 3-4 as KARE 11 reporters David Watkins and Eric Perkins attempt to break the world record for the longest tennis match. The match, which is the part of a series hosted by Watkins called “Record Wreckers”, will take place at the Swanson Tennis Center on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter, Minnesota.
Watkins and Perkins will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for longest tennis match, which is currently 36 hours, 36 minutes, and 36 seconds. The match will begin at 9:30 am on Monday, May 3 and end during KARE 11’s 10 p.m newscast on Tuesday, May 4.
The entire 36+ hour event will be carried live on the KARE 11 website (KARE11.com) and the pursuit of the record will be updated on the station’s 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. newcasts on both Monday and Tuesday.
At the Swanson Tennis Center, Coach Wilkinson will be providing moral support to Watkins and Perkins and different times throughout the match, while the Gustavus athletic training staff under the direction of Troy Banse will be on site the entire match to help with any physical issues. In addition, Gustavus sports information director Tim Kennedy will keep score of every game during the entire match and serve as the representative for Guinness to verify the authenticity of the record.
Watkins and Perkins were in St. Peter last week to get the feel of the surroundings for their world record attempt, while also working with Coach Wilkinson and current Gustavus head men’s tennis coach Tommy Valentini on tips and strategies in preparation for the event.
In addition to their preparation at Gustavus, Watkins and Perkins have also met with Doctor Jamie Peters at Fairview Sports and Orthopedic care getting mini-physicals and receiving tennis elbow straps and the folks at Max Muscle who talked to them about how to deal with the mixed emotions they will deal with during the match as well as providing them with a good mix of multi-vitamins and energy bars to help them with fatigue.
Gustavus welcomes the public to come and cheer on Watkins and Perkins as they attempt to break the world record for longest tennis match in honor of Steve Wilkinson at the Swanson Tennis Center on the Gustavus campus. KARE 11’s dynamic duo will need plenty of encouragement as they attempt to break this grueling endurance record.