Jumaat, Ogos 31, 2012

World's biggest tennis racket built in honour of Billie Jean King

New York now plays host to the world's biggest tennis racket, which was built in honour of Billie Jean King.
The racket, which is the size of a bus, was built by designer Ashrita Furman, who holds the record for the most Guinness World Records at one time, with 151.

He hopes that his new design, which is a much larger copy of the wooden one used by King in the 1970s, will soon be added to his list of wacky achievements.

The unveiling of the tribute occurred in the same week that the US Open started at Flushing Meadows in the city, a tournament King won four times.

It is 50 feet long and features strings made of water hose, with the handle being so large that a person would struggle to wrap their arms around it.

The designer told AFP: 'It's 22.2 times bigger and done to scale.
'We had members from all over the world. One guy from New Zealand did the wood finishing. We had a guy who's a professional violinist, and he did the strings. We had a German guy planing the wood,' he said.

Unfortunately, the racket was unable to be displayed at the US Open venue, as it is classed as a building due to its vast size and therefore would require planning permission. The group previously made the world's biggest pencil, and Mr Furman is already planning to create the world's largest hobby horse.

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