March 2013 IRT Newsletter

 

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FL Spring Break ProAm March 6-10

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The 6th annual Florida Spring Break Pro/Am tournament will be better than ever in 2013 with an exciting mix of professional and amateur matches, fabulous venues, and special events–all taking place in Tampa, Florida, March 6-10. And if that isn’t enough, as Tournament Director Kim Roy says, “It’s Spring Break time in Florida…enough said!”

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The Best Ever

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The three most commonly asked questions I encounter at events are: 1. How much do you weigh? 2. How do you hit the ball so hard? And 3: Who’s the best player of all time? The first two are questions that I get sick of pretty quickly, but then I sit back and think about who is the greatest racquetball player of all time. When this discussion comes up, many names are thrown out there, and rightfully so.  For this article I’m going to stick with the top three: Cliff, Kane and Sudsy. (In alphabetical order to avoid anyone looking too deeply into the order I speak of them in!) Here are my arguments of why each is considered by many to be the best ever:

Mile High ProAm March 21-24

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a national landmark, the Denver Athletic Club will provide players and spectators a warm and welcoming environment as well as a unique and exciting experience in the heart of downtown Denver during the Mile High Pro/Am Tournament March 21-24. The Denver Athletic Club, a state-of-the-art facility with a history that goes back more than 100 years, is the venue for all matches and features six championship courts, each with glass backs and a full balcony area for viewing, enabling fans to see each swing of the racquet and bounce of the ball.

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Controlling Center Court

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In every sport, positioning is everything and racquetball is no different. In racquetball, being in the right place at the right time is critical to giving yourself the best chance of getting to the ball a majority of the time and doing something with it once you get there, whether to defend or to score. Generally, the person who owns and controls center court has a greater chance of winning the match. This strategy is key.

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St. Louis Party with the Pros April 11-14

Welcome to the 2013 Party with the Pros Tier 1 Professional Racquetball event and Regional Qualifier. This year the event will be held at the JCC. If you have not been to the new facility, it is beautiful. All the courts are new and have glass-backed walls. We will have a court just for the pros with VIP and stadium seating.

Ektelon Tournament of Champions ProAm, Portland, OR April 25-28

The Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC), Ektelon, and the IRT announced that the Tournament of Champions Pro/Am will return April 25-28, 2013 for select top pros, rising stars, and amateurs from the Pacific Northwest who are invited to compete for prizes that includes Tier 1 prize money. The MAC, a favorite fixture during the ’80s and ’90s, has showcased an impressive line up of players over the decades at its 1849 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR location.

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Ektelon Re-signs Alex Ackermann

Alex3fromAmy-Ektelon_200Ektelon is pleased to announce that Alex Ackermann, based out of Grapevine, TX has signed a two-year agreement to continue playing and using Ektelon’s entire line of products.

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