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World Records and Smiles at the Open

by Ben Kelly
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Fish and Petkovic lead New Yorkers in Guinness World Record Attempt

Flushing, NY -- Top ranked American tennis player Mardy Fish and 11th ranked women’s player Andrea Petkovic are setting world records at this year’s US Open, just not during matchplay. Fish and Petkovic teamed up to lead hundreds of New Yorkers in a Guinness World Record attempt for the “Most people to bounce a tennis ball on their racquet in one location.”

The event is one of several to engage local youth before the tournament starts on Monday, August 29th. With Fish and Petkovic’s presence, the 658 participants shattered the previous Guinness mark of 383 set in England in 2006. “I was told about 500 would come but in the end there was almost 700,” exclaimed Petkovic. To break the record, participants were asked to bounce a ball on their racquets for ten seconds. All junior participants were rewarded with a tennis racket and ball, along with a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Fish, seeded 8th in this year’s singles draw, embraced the spotlight as fans and admirers were eager to meet the new face of American tennis. A Minnesota native, Fish is hoping to carry his string of success against top players to New York, defeating Rafael Nadal in Cincinnatti and taking Novak Djokovic to three sets in Montreal during the US Open series this summer. The 28-year-old has never won a major, and is casual when talking of his title prospects in New York.

“I have no expectations but I’ve had a great summer and you hope to keep it going. This is the biggest tournament of the year for us and for me. This is the one you want to do best at.”

Petkovic, a native of Germany, reached the quarterfinals at this year’s Australian and French Opens and hopes to improve on last year’s US Open results where she reached the fourth round. It was the best performance in a major for the 23-year-old and a breakout performance after a first round exit from the US Open in 2009. Petkovic emphasized that the season’s final grand slam brings out the best from all players.

“This is the biggest tennis stage and every player in the world practices to come out and play here.”

Like Fish, Petkovic is not placing a yardstick measure for her success on this year’s tournament. A trophy would be nice, but Petkovic is already a winner this year in New York.

“The world record, nobody can take away from me.”

 

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