Nick Nikolaidis a Greek from Montreal

MONTREAL -- Nick Nikolaidis a Greek from Montreal, embarked on a marathon session Monday to sink 17,000 billiard balls in 24 hours, a feat that would beat his own record.

Nikolaidis, alternating between two tables in front of about 20 fans and reporters, broke his first rack at noon and planned to continue until noon Tuesday as he chased the mark of 16,723 he potted last year.

This year's record-breaking attempt will be videotaped and sent to Guinness Book of Records officials for verification.

Nikolaidis, 35, planned to take a five-minute break every two hours to load up on water and a special energy drink prepared by friend and nutritionist Arvin Dhillon.

Nikolaidis, formerly Canada's top-ranked pool professional, is currently battling with David Pearson of Britain for the title of the world's fastest player.

On July 15, 2002, noon sharp, at the UNISON BAR BILLIARD - 3500 Cote Vertu Ville St. Laurent, Quebec Canada, Nick Nikolaidis will attempt to break the World Speed Pool Record and be the only individual in the World to pot 17,000 balls in 24 hours.

For those of us that are familiar with speed pool, it’s easy to understand just how difficult an undertaking this is. For those not so familiar with the concept, a brief explanation is in order. Two pool tables are set up side by side. The player breaks, then proceeds to pot balls in no particular order except that the 8 ball has to be
pocketed last in the rack. The cue ball must come to a complete rest before the player can shoot again. Once the table is cleared, the player moves on to the other table to shoot. The balls are set up on the first table and this goes on for 24 hours non stop. How difficult is it? If we do the math, 17,000 balls (1133 racks) in 24 hours is approximately one rack every 1 minute and 15 seconds non stop for 24 hours straight!

Nick Nikolaidis is the current Guinness World Record holder for balls potted in 24 hours. He admits it will be difficult (some say impossible) to break that record but after carefully reviewing last years tapes, Nick believes it will be possible to reach 17,000 by taking advantage of every tool that can enhance his performance.