Washington, MO. April 9, 2018- The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) has only two Tier 1 events left in the 2017-2018 season after a great weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Beechmont Racquet and Fitness Club for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell: Raising Some Racquet For Kids! The Tour’s Commissioner, Andy Kulback, and Tournament Director, Fabrizio Mora, hosted the event just outside of downtown Cincinnati and it was a weekend that no racquetball fan could predict.
Alejandro Landa, residing in El Paso, Texas, took home the championship for his second Tier 1 victory of his IRT career, and second of the season. Landa’s first victory came back in January at the 40th Annual Lewis Drug Pro/Am where he defeated Daniel De La Rosa, residing in Gilbert, Arizona by scores of 15-6, 7-15,11-10. Landa made his way past the #1 ranked player in the world, Rocky Carson, from Landera Ranch, California in three-game tiebreaker semi-final by scores of 8-15, 15-6, 11-5.
The #5 ranked player in the world, Alvaro Beltran, from Tijuana, Mexico, met Landa in the finals, but not before beating Mario Mercado, from Cali, Columbia by scores of 15-13, 15-10. Beltran advanced to the finals where he was defeated by Landa in a three-game tiebreaker by scores of 11-15, 15-7, 11-8.
The Tour will be heading south to the warm city of Sarasota, Florida for the 2018 Florida IRT Regional Championships for its’ second-to-last event of the season!
Head IRT Staff Writer:
Kelly R. Diesel