June – July 2015 IRT Newsletter

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New Schedule & Rankings; Satellite Tour; Pratt;
Croft; Tips;  June-July 2015

Kane Comes Back to Conquer Season & Finish #1

CISkzPlUkAAqqJ-There was a lot of speculation as the season wound down, and in many cases unabashed outrage, at the state of the rankings and whether Kane would indeed have enough time and events to garner the points needed for a 10th #1 season ranking title. While there certainly isn’t much of an argument left to question Waselenchuk being the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) on the racquetball court, in Nadalian fashion his dominance this past season was heavily subdued by injury and nearly cost him the season end #1 ranking as a result.

Read More: 2014-2015 Season Ending Rankings Update

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Charlie Pratt’s Big Picture

pratt by fifeAfter-refereeing all of the major matches on the Tour for the last six years, Charlie Pratt had his breakout performance at the 2014 Florida Spring Break IRT Pro-Am. After the tournament, many were inquisitive about the #9-ranked IRT pro and head referee, and not only wondering what he did to improve upon his game.

Read More: Charlie Pratt



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schedule newThe Novasors Ghost of Georgetown Kansas City Open will kick off the 2015-2016 season September 17-20 followed by the 20th UnitedHealthcare US Open in Minneapolis, MN. The Krowning Moment Bobcat Open returns for a second season October 22-25.

jose rojas shamrockThe number of men’s professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Satellite events has been steadily growing over the past five years, featuring 61 stops during the 2014-2015 schedule both within and outside United States borders. “Satellites are a great way to expose professional racquetball to cities who don’t get a chance to view the pros too often,” said #5-ranked professional, Jose Rojas.

Read More: US Satellites Series

franheadshot150 2Bouncing back after losing a match is not easy to do, but it is a MUST if you want to be successful and build your championship game. It’s inevitable that we ALL win and lose matches, but it is what we do when we lose a match that counts the most. Losing should be a learning experience, NOT beating yourself up experience.

Read More: Bouncing Back: Win or Learn

croft restrung 1 USE 3Surgery is never a word taken lightly, especially by professional athletes. Even if things go exactly as planned in the operating room, function and feel can be altered in a way that leaves a stroke or skill forever changed, and rarely for the better. Tim Landeryou recently caught up with the #6-ranked player on the men’s professional International Racquetball Tour, Ben Croft, who recently went under the knife, to discuss his thoughts and feelings about the end of this season, and how this surgery will affect him and his game going into the 2015-16 season.

Read More: Ben Croft

Kane Waselenchuk defeated Rocky Carson
11-6, 11-6, 11-3 to reclaim his #1 ranking and win his 10th IRT World Championship at the Fresno IRT Summer Kickoff ProAm.

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Kane won his second consecutive ProKennex Tournament of Champions title over his younger teammate Daniel De La Rosa 11-4, 11-1, 11-2.
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Read More: ProKennex Tournament of Champions 

2015 USAR Hall of Fame Inductee Sudsy Monchik to coach the Ecuadorian National Team at the PanAm Games in Toronto.
Photo by Jan Somma-Hammel of the Staten Island Advance.
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Read More: Monchik Making a Plan for Ecuadorian National Team

Congrats to #9-ranked IRT pro and head referee Charlie Pratt on his recent marriage to LPRT pro Cecilia Orozco!!
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