April 2015 IRT Newsletter

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April 2015: 1st All Pro Dubs; IRT Rule Change?
T1 Champ, DeLaRosa; Avoid the Plateau

History Collides at First-Ever Long Beach Open Doubles Tournament 

long beach openHistory is a common theme shared by the Long Beach Open and the Belmont Athletic Club as this inaugural event makes professional racquetball history with the first-ever all professional doubles tournament at a club that has seen history with heavyweights like Charlie Brumfield, Marty Hogan, the Peck brothers, Gerry Price, Jim Oliver, Andy Roberts and Cliff Swain.

Read More: Long Beach Open Preview

Vote for 1 of 4 Potential IRT Rule Changes

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Daniel De La Rosa: Tier 1 Champ Shoots for #1 

DDL_USOPEN_Restrung_2013_200Marty Hogan. Jason Mannino. Kane Waselenchuk. Daniel De La Rosa? The 21-year-old Mexican is on the right track to continue the trend of ProKennex players holding the top ranking on the men’s professional International Racquetball Tour. Michael Martinez, President and CEO of ProKennex, hopes so, after De La Rosa became the newest member of another list: the IRT Tier 1 Champions Club.

Read: Daniel De La Rosa: Tier 1 Champion Shoots for #1

Check out the IRT’s YouTube Channel

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Click to the IRT YouTube Channel for clips, interviews, and IRT matches like Daniel De La Rosa’s upset win against Rocky Carson in the semifinals of the ROLLOUT New Jersey Open in December.



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ProDubs_2014_USOPEN_KenFife_300As March comes to a close, the race for the #1 spot on the IRT rankings remains hotly contested, with Rocky Carson maintaining a paper-thin 2-point lead on Kane Waselenchuk. While questions about the champ being back to 100% have been laid to rest — Kane has won every event he’s competed in since coming back from injury problems mid-season — the question of him finishing the season at #1 still lingers. He may simply run out of time and events to reclaim the top spot before the season comes to a close following the ProKennex Tournament of Champions May 14-17.

Advanced Strategizing to Avoid Plateauing 

franheadshot150Just because some things may sound elementary doesn’t mean they are not important in intermediate and advanced levels of play. Some players get to the intermediate levels while ignoring the core strategies—which is why they plateau. Also, after you reach the intermediate and advanced levels of play, there’s more to be cognizant of. Remember…when you strategize, you are being proactive, which is taking control of the match. You are in a much better position to win, which is your goal.

Read More: Advanced Strategizing to Avoid Plateauing

Up Next:

Pro Kennex Tournament of Champions
at the
Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, OR
May 14-17, 2015

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Only the top 8 IRT pros will receive an invite to the season-ending tournament held May 14-17, 2015. Amateur players in the Northwest can also play and watch at the famous “MAC” in beautiful downtown Portland, Oregon.

Pro Kennex Tournament of Champions Sign up here

Kane wins Shamrock Shootout in IRT’s return to the Chicagoland Area

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Kane defeated Rocky 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 to win the Shamrock Shootout & IRT ProAm Championship in Lombard, IL. This is Kane’s 85th career Tier I title and fourth in 2015.
Read the Shamrock Shootout IRT ProAm pro match recaps and check the pro draw here

We regret to announce the Stockton ProAm has been cancelled due to reasons beyond the IRT’s control.

 

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