On Saturday 1 July, Chris Phillips played tennis non-stop for 11 hours and five minutes to raise funds for South East and Central Essex Mind .
Chris played for the same length of time as time as the famous match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon back in 2010.
The Southend Echo reporter received plenty of backing with Sue Barker, Judy Murray, Ryan Peniston, Kriss Akabusi and Peter Shilton all sending messages of support.
Chris took to the court at Southend Lawn Tennis Club , two days before Wimbledon gets underway and play started at 10:00am before finishing shortly after 9:00pm. Along the way, Chris played a number of different opponents in 22 half-hour slots, including our very own Jamie Nice and Darren Clarke in a game of doubles.
Current Southend United boss Kevin Maher and ex-Shrimpers manager Steve Tilson, along with TV presenter Jeff Brazier and Apprentice star Tom Skinner were also in attendance.
Jamie Nice, Director at Rickard Luckin, said: “Rickard Luckin were proud to be the main sponsor of the tennis marathon, I really enjoyed supporting (and playing) Chris on the day and helping him raise funds for Mind.”
Chris Phillips, concluded: “I’m incredibly thankful to Rickard Luckin for the support they have shown in becoming main sponsors for my tennis event this weekend.
“Raising funds for Mind is obviously a big part of the challenge but so is raising awareness of mental health issues and Rickard Luckin have been a huge help with both.
“It was great to have a hit with Jamie and Darren on the day too. They were two of the first players I faced so I was actually able to move at that point too!”
If you’d like to sponsor Chris please make a donation via his Just Giving page .
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