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Ashrita Furman, a New York based Guinness record holder has built a 50-feet-long tennis racket and claimed it to be the largest in the world. Furman and 20 others built the racket within seven days. Sources: Google News, The Economic Times
Furman holds the record for the most Guinness World Records and hopes to see the huge wooden racket make it to the Guinness list.
People from across the world joined together to make the racket including a New Zealander who did the wood finishing, a professional violinist who worked on the strings and a German who worked on the racket's wood.
The racket is 50 feet tall and is 16 feet wide. Its strings are made of water hose, it has a laminated wooden head, a brown grip, red trim and inscriptions are a perfect match.
It is a replica of the wooden racket used by legendary tennis player Billie Jean King in the 1970s.
Furman said it took seven days for his team to make it in the back yard in a residential neighborhood.
Engineer Yuyudhan Hoppe, 53, who oversaw the technical side of the racket project, said they could have built one bigger except for one simple problem "It wouldn't fit in the yard."