Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

West Alabama Tennis Players Set to Take on World Record, Cystic Fibrosis

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

West Alabama Tennis Players Set to Take on World Record, Cystic Fibrosis

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The University of West Alabama's men's tennis team will attempt to set a world record for the longest marathon of tennis doubles matches today in hopes of raising money for cystic fibrosis.

Adam Drysdale, a junior on this year's team, came up with the idea last March, when head coach Glen Fanelli tasked the players with coming up with an idea for a charity event. Now, nearly nine months later, Drysdale and his teammates -- Manuel Grossman, Anton Ivanov and Kiki Ruiz -- are set to take on the record to raise money for cystic fibrosis research.

Drysdale immediately decided to raise money for the disease when he found out Libby Hankins, a well-known student on campus, suffered from it. Hankins is a cheerleader for UWA and this year's homecoming queen. Drysdale and Hankins have since become friends, giving the event even more importance for Drysdale and his team.

Since the team first organized the event, they have raised roughly $4,000 dollars for research. Fanelli, who has worked closely with raising money for cystic fibrosis in the past, said the fact his team is trying to undertake such a great cause speaks volumes about his players' character.

"It says to me that they've grown up in a lot of ways," Fanelli said. "I think they've matured, not just in their tests and their academics, but their way of looking at other people in life. That's something that's just happened this year, and it's something I'm proud of."

Drysdale said he has been stressed with getting set up the past two weeks. Guinness World Records only recently sanctioned the event, leaving a three-week window for the men's and women's tennis teams to organize the event. …

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