January 2014 IRT Newsletter

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Coast to Coast CA Kicks Off 2014

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The second half of the IRT professional men’s racquetball season kicks off January 2-5 in sunny southern California. The Coast to Coast California Open offers players a great location, a great facility, and great racquetball for every level of player. “It’s Southern California in January–we’re close to the beach, great restaurants, fun things to do, and a full slate of high intensity racquetball,” says Deb Moore, tournament director. “What could be better than that?”

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2014 Cactus Salon Pro/Am: Longest Running Tier 1

kaneUSOpen2012byFreddyCropped2013NYCProAm_200After kicking off the New Year in Reseda, California for the Coast to Coast California Open, men’s professional racquetball made the eight-hour flight to Long Island, New York for the Cactus Salon NYC Pro/Am, now in its 16th year. Expect to see some incredible competition from aces like Kane Waselenchuk and Rocky Carson along with some unexpected competition from young guns like #4 Jose Rojas and local favorite, Nick Montalbano.
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The Lewis Drug Pro/Am: The Tour’s Best Kept Secret

lewislogo_200With the 36th annual Lewis Drug ProAm emerging as a Tier 1 tour stop, the best-kept secret in pro racquetball is out. The reason a select number of top pro players travel to South Dakota is clear, and it’s not for the winter weather. “They roll out the red carpet and treat us like kings here,” said Chris Crowther, 2013 finalist. “That’s why it’s had the reputation…it’s a great event.”

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Fran Davis: Take Your Best Shot

franheadshot_150 2Taking the right shot at the right time means making your opponent run the farthest distance to get to the ball. When many get into the heat of the battle, they don’t think about shot selection—but just bang away and play what we call survival racquetball. Or, they go for a favorite rather than one that can win the rally, putting their opponent on the defense. Here’s how to determine your best shot, and how to make it when you need to most.
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New Rankings Show ProKennex Players on the Upswing

kaneRocky2012USOpenbyrestrungCropped_2002013 year-end rankings show Kane Waselenchuk reclaiming #1, now ahead of Rocky Carson by 166 points. Since IRT rankings follow a rolling, twelve-month calendar and a number of lower scores are dropped (based on the quantity of events), Kane’s win at the 2013 Rollout NJ Open earned him 400 points, replacing the 0 he collected when an injury kept him out of NJ in 2012.
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Battle Caps 2013 Rollout NJ OPen

NJ Open Logo_200#4 Jose Rojas had game, but not enough to win the Rollout NJ Open title, which #2 Kane Waselenchuk  captured 11-6, 11-8, 2-11, 11-1.
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2013 US OPEN DVD Set On Sale Now! $39.95

2013USOpenAd_CroppedKaneEnjoy 3 fully-produced HD matches from the 2013 US Open Racquetball Championships, when Kane Waselenchuk made racquetball history by winnning his 9th US Open title and surpassed Cliff Swain on the all-time pro stop win list with 71 pro event victories.

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Three Steps to Walking All Over Your Opponents

Condense over forty years of play, instruction, and observation into three easy steps to walking all over your opponents.

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