Canada Fall Qualifier quick Wrap-Up

Iwaasa made the final of Canada Nationals event for the 13th straight time. Photo 2015 Portland IRT event by Kevin Savory

Last weekend Racquetball Canada had their fall qualifier. This is a quick note to recap the event and post the results in the database.

Congrats to your Pro winners on the weekend:

– Men’s Singles: Samuel Murray

– Women’s Singles: @Federique Lambert

– Men’s Singles Match report in the PRS database:

– Women’s Singles match report in the PRS database:

Trackie site:


The Men’s draw came down to the same final that we’ve seen in the last 12 events prior to it; Murray vs Coby Iwaasa . This time around, the IRT touring pro left little doubt, cruising to a title. (see for all Canada National event Men’s finals)

The Women’s draw saw Dr. Lambert win for the 6th time in the last 7 national events. See for all Canada National event Women’s finals)


Next up?

Per our handy master racquetball calendar …

The end of the IRT season is a-coming: the men are heading to Portland for a Satellite event this weekend, then to Pleasanton for the final event of the season. The #1 ranking is up for grabs.

After that, the LPRT heads to DC for its annual Xmas classic, to wrap up the year.



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LPRT Turkey Shoot Wrap-up

Vargas dominates to win in Chicago. Photo US Open 2019 Kevin Savory

Congrats to your Pro winners on the weekend:

– Singles: Maria Jose Vargas

– Doubles: Montse Mejia & Alexandra Herrera

Vargas wins her 6th career LPRT singles title, bringing her back into a tie with current #1 Montse Mejia for 13th all time. See for a complete list of LPRT tournament winners with their career totals.

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Lets review the notable matches in the Singles draw.

Singles Match report in the PRS database:


In the 32s, Floridian Chanis Leon got a solid win over Colombian Maria Paz Riquelme , while @Lexi York got the win over fellow American @Stephanie Synhorst to move on.


In the 16s:

– Natalia Mendez took a topsy-turvy match over Carla Muñoz in the 8/9 match-up, winning the first game 15-5, then losing the second game 15-1, before cruising in the tie-breaker 11-2. Odd score-line for sure.

– #10 Kelani Lawrence got a first career win over #7 Samantha Salas Solis 12,11.


In the Quarters

– #1 Monserrat Mejia dropped the first game against Mendez before advancing.

– #4 Vargas ground out two close game wins against #5 Alexandra Herrera 13,11.

– #6 Erika Manilla got her first career win over #3 Brenda Laime Jalil with a very solid 9,7 win.

– #2 Paola Longoria subdued Kelani 9,6 to move into another semi.


In the Semis, two upsets.

– #4 Vargas crushed #1 Mejia 7,7 to move into the final. Vargas continues to show why she’s putting her name in the hat for #1.

– #6 Manilla got her career best win, topping the 13-time LPRT tour champion Longoria in a tie-breaker ot move into the final. It’s her second career final after last year’s US Open.

In the Finals, Vargas was just too strong and cruised to a 9,5 win in a match between the two hardest hitters on tour. Vargas completes a dominant performance in Chicago, where not one player even scored double digits on her the entire weekend.


Points Implications of results

Vargas should move up to #3, pushing Laime down a spot Herrera’s loss will push her back to #7, a spot she hasn’t seen in nearly a decade. With Alexandra’s falling, Manilla moves up to #5 and the absent Gaby up to #6. Mendez rebounds back up to #8.


Doubles review

The doubles contest came down to the two top Mexican teams as expected, with Herrera & Mejia winning their 7th pro doubles title together.

Match report in the PRS database:


Open Singles, other notable draws

– Lawrence took the Women’s Open draw over Munoz.

– Thomas Carter beat fellow Illinois native Jeremy Dixon in Men’s Open.

– Carter teamed with @Alok Mehta to win Men’s Open Doubles too.


Thanks for all the streaming on the weekend from the LPRT crew.


Next up?

Per our handy master racquetball calendar …

We get a break for turkey day, then there’s just 3 pro tournaments left. An IRT Satellite in Portland, then the final tour stop of the 2023 season for the men in Pleasanton, and lastly the long running Xmas Classic in the DC area for the ladies.



LPRT Turkey Shootout Preview

Can Laime make another run? Photo US Open 2019 Kevin Savory

The LPRT is back in action after a 3 month hiatus; the last time we saw the pro ladies on the court was in Denver for World Singles & Doubles. This is the 5th year in a row the famed Glasscourt club in Lombard outside of Chicago has hosted the Ladies for the “Turkey Shoot,” and it’ll be great to see the pros battling it out on the “Fishbowl” court in the club (which features glass on three sides).

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We have a bit of a smaller draw than expected: just 18 players here in Chicago. Two of the top 10 are missing (Barrios and Gaby) but most of the rest of the top 10 is here, making for a pretty solid draw.


Lets preview the draw. With 18 players there’s just two play ins: @Lexi York takes on @Stephanie Synhorst and @Maria Paz Riquelme takes on Chanis Leon . Both could be pretty tight, and it’ll be interesting to watch the two lefties (Riquelme and Leon) battle for a spot in the 16s.


round of 16: Some fun matches coming our way in the opening round:

– 8/9: Carla Muñoz versus Natalia Mendez : Carla is just 1-8 lifetime against the Argentine. They’ve split their last 2 meetings, but Natalia got her in Denver at this same juncture.

– 5/12: @Alexandra Herrera versus Jessica Parrilla . Herrera has slipped out of the top 4 for the first time since January 2018. Parrilla spent all of last season in the top 8 and now is on the outside looking in. These two have met 13 times in all competitions, and Leoni hasn’t gotten a win over her lefty counterpart since 2016. Odds are Alexandra is moving on here.

– 6/11: @Erika Manilla versus @Valeria Centella : Centellas shocked Erika in December of last year, and Erika won the rematch rather handily in May in Greenville. Which Centellas shows up here? Manilla is coming off a gold medal in Chile, a career accomplishment, and is riding high.

– 7/10: Samantha Salas vs Kelani Lawrence: 4 career meetings between these two and Samantha is 4-0. Kelani has pushed their last two meetings to the bring though and will be pushing to get a breakthrough win.


Projected Qtrs:

– #1 Monserrat Mejia over Mendez. Montse is 3-1 lifetime, but they’re usually close. But Mejia should advance here.

– #4 @Maria Jose Vargas over Herrera. Vargas is 9-2 lifetime, and Herrera’s wins came during a time when Vargas was down and Alexandra was seriously “up.” The tides have changed now, and Vargas is going to be tough to beat.

– #3 Brenda Laime over Manilla: Laime has quietly ascended to #3 with a slew of top finishes this season. But she’s jeckyl and hyde: in six events in the calendar year 2023, Laime has three round of 16 losses … and two finals. She’s 2-0 over Manilla this year, handling her with relative ease in their last meeting in Denver, and her time training with Mercado & Zelada is paying off. She moves on.

– #2 @Paola Longoria over Salas: Longoria and Salas meet again; they’ve met 60 times previously on the LPRT (and more in Mexican nationals) and they’ll meet again. Longoria moves on.


– Mejia over Vargas: despite Vargas’ career rebound, Mejia has owned her in 2023, winning all three of their matchups. Mejia’s mental game is solid and she handles Vargas’ power with ease.

– Longoria over Laime: Brenda may have famously beaten Paola in Virginia last September, but Longoria otherwise has owned this matchup. Laime needs to play flawless racquetball and have a strategy to win here.

Finals; Longoria over Mejia.

I do think Paola is highly motivated to regain #1. And despite Mejia winning the title and being ranked #1 right now, Longoria has won their last three matchups (Mexican Nationals in Feb, World Singles in Aug, and then the Pan Am Games gold medal match). Three wins, three different confederations.


Doubles review

Just 8 teams competing, but all the regulars partnerships are present. Longoria & Salas are #1, Herrera & Mejia are #2 and are the favorites to get to the final to battle again. Team Argentina (Vargas & Mendez) will try to stop Longoria & Salas in the semis, while an intriguing team of Laime & Manilla will test their mettle against the long-time partners Scott & Lawrence before getting to the semis.

Look for Mejia & Herrera to take this.


Look for Streaming in the regular places; follow the LPRT on Facebook and sign up to get notifications when they go Live. Regular broadcaster @Timothy Baghurst is busy coaching the kids in Bolivia, so look for others on the mike this weekend to join Jerry J Josey Jr. ., and Tj Baumbaugh on the mike.

Thanks to the Tourney Director Dan Jaskier for putting this event on!

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Coincidentally, if you’re interested in playing Fantasy Racquetball for this event, the links to the brackets are advertised on LPRT’s main page. The winner each week gets free swag!



IRT Boston Rally for the Warriors Wrap-up

Parrilla gets back into the winner’s circle in Boston Photo 2019 US Open via Kevin Savory

Congrats to your IRT Singles Pro winner on the weekend: Andree Parrilla

Parrilla surprises the field, taking out the #1, #2 and #4 seeds en route to the title. This is Andree’s 3rd career IRT tier 1 title, and he becomes the 5th different player to take a tier 1 title this year. Each of the top 5 ranked players on tour have taken a title this year, after 6 different players won last year, continuing to show the diversity on tour that we have right now.

R2 Sports App home page for event:


Lets review the notable matches in the Singles draw.

Singles Match report in the PRS database:


In the 32s:

– 14-time IRT season-ending champion @Kane Waselenchuk made his return to pro singles, nearly 14 months after he tore his Achilles heel, and on the weekend of his 42nd birthday. He had entered Denver in August but pulled out last minute. Not this time, as he took the court against fellow lefty veteran Robert collins to open the event. Seeded 22nd out of 22, Kane made fast work of the #11 seed Collins 5,5 to announce his return to the sport.


In the 16s:

– #8 @Andres Acuña got a nice win against the streaking Alan Natera 13,13.

– Kane survived his first real test against a top ranked opponent, taking out #6 Adam Manilla with ease 2,4.

– #7 Samuel Murray was taken to a breaker by veteran lefty #10 Thomas Carter but rebounded to advance in three.


In the Quarters:

– #1 @Daniel De La Rosa was pushed to the limit by Costa Rican Acuna, advancing 14,14. It doesn’t get much closer than that, and it makes this observer wonder if DLR is entirely “into” this tourney.

– #5 Parrilla reverses a recent trend of losing to his long time Mexican Rival #4 Rodrigo Montoya , winning an 11-7 breaker to move into the semis.

– In the match that I, along with many neutrals wanted to see, former #1 King Kane trounced #3 @Conrrado Moscoso 8,6 to move on. Kane mixed up power and touch masterfully, using power-based accuracy on his serves to force attackable returns from Conrrado, and then using his amazing touch in the front court to dink balls away for winners. Moscoso was unable to adapt his all-attack game and had no answers really for Kane’s approach. The scores probably weren’t as close as they indicated, as game two was mostly one way traffic once it became clear Conrrado had no answer. This was a real eye-opening result for this observer; i was certain a 42-yr old Kane coming off a massive injury would fall here, and It really makes me question the status of the current top ranked pros in the game’s hierarchy if Kane can win so easily. More importantly to the 2023 points race, this early round loss combined with DLR’s advancing to the semi most likely sealed the 2023 title for DLR; more on that later.

– #2 Jake Bredenbeck survived match point against versus Big Canada Murray to move on to the semis for the 8th time in 9 tournaments this year, continuing to be the most consistent player on tour.


In the Semis

– #1 De La Rosa frittered away game one 15-14 against Parrilla and then played catchup most of game 2 before losing 14,13 and missing out on an opportunity to really seal the 2023 title.

– #2 Bredenbeck showed more of a game plan against Kane than the opponents prior, but still had to survive another match point against in game two to get this to a tiebreaker. There, a clearly injured Kane limped his way to an 11-4 game3 loss that he probably should have just forfeited. Nonetheless, its Jake who advances to the title game.

In the Finals, Andree and Jake gave a fantastic showing, with the game going to the very end. Andree takes the title with an 11-10 thriller.


Points Implications of results

In the short term, I believe making the finals will vault Jake to the #1 spot on tour, if just barely over DLR. I say “I believe” because my working XLS doesn’t take into account the slight points totals that the players earn for losing in three. If this happens, it’d be the first time Jake has officially ascended to #1, even if briefly.

In the longer term (i.e. for the rest of the season), DLR increases his “season to date” points lead over Moscoso to 495 points (his lead over Jake is 540 points once you drop the lowest scores for all players). This means the following: If Pleasanton is a normal Tier 1 event in terms of points awarded, then DLR has now sewn up the year end title for 2023. If however Pleasanton is counted as a grand slam (which awards 600 points to the winner), the title technically is still up for grabs. There’s also a chance that Boston counts as a Grand Slam as well (though doubtful, since there was no money in Pro Doubles), but we’ll have to see what happens when the rankings run on Tuesday.


Open Singles, other notable draws

– In Open Singles Trujillo defeated Murray (who was “allowed” to enter Open since he has dropped out of the IRT top 😎 in the final. Top NE players Flores and Keegan Smith were in the semis.

– Open Doubles: competed on Sunday, Flores teamed with Orlando Cabana to take the doubles title, beating Alok Mehta and Erick Cuevas in the final.


Thanks for all the streaming on the weekend, especially from broadcasters @FavFavio , Steve Schulze ,Pablo Fajre and the IRTLive crew

Thanks to the Tourney Director @Stuart Solomon or putting this event on!

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Next up?

Per our handy master racquetball calendar ……/1V6OTid6rZ356voXVkoV2sN7KMMb…/

The LPRT visits Chicago next weekend, and World Juniors has already started down in Tarja Bolivia. After that, we have 3 more pro events to finish out the calendar year; a satellite IRT in Portland, the Pleasanton IRT event, then the LPRT returning to Severna Park for the Xmas classic.

IRT Boston Preview

DLR can lock up the 2023 title in Boston. Maybe. Photo US Open 2019, Photographer Kevin Savory

After months away, the IRT is back in action, heading to Boston for the 2023 Rally for our Warriors. The LPRT was at the same club (Wayside Athletic in Marlborough) back in March, but it has been some time since the Men’s pros were in the Boston area. You have to go all the way back to March of 2007, for the Red Swain Memorial for the last time the IRT was in Massachusetts, so congrats to Stuart Solomon for putting this together.

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The draw is a bit diminished for this event (22 pros are in town, probably a side effect of the expense of the Pan Am games and other travel this summer), but the stakes couldn’t be higher. With just this event, the satellite in Portland, and then the season finisher in Pleasanton, there’s very little time to settle the 2023 year end title. Assuming that this event and Pleasanton are regular Tier1 tour stops, #1 seed @Daniel De La Rosa can secure the year end title with a win here in Boston. however, #2 Jake Bredenbeck and #3 Conrrado Moscoso can both really put a monkey wrench into those plans with winning performances here.

Also interesting: none other than Kane Waselenchuk is in this draw. He turns 42 today. We havn’t seen Kane in singles since his Achilles injury in Sept 2022. Will he compete? He entered singles in Denver but withdrew, so it remains to be seen. If he competes, he’s seeded 22nd out of 22 by virtue of having expired all his previous rankings points, and is scheduled to play #11 Robert collins at 4pm EST. If he wins, he plays into #6 Adam Manilla and then to #3 Moscoso, so that’d be a heck of a test for him.


Lets preview the draw. Only the singles draw has been released as of this writing.

Two top 10 players are absent: Portillo and Landa. this slightly changes the projected round of 16 matches for the top 3 players, which could play into the year end standings heavily.


In the 32s, some notable matches:

– Should be fun to see what Mexican Axel Barojas can do against the Chilean national Rafael Gatica

– Kane should have a decent shot against Collins in a battle of veteran pro lefties.

– top New England player @JoJose Flores should move on against IRT regular @Jim Douglas


round of 16:

– The 8/9 matchup between Alan Natera and Andres Acuña could be great. Natera has been on fire lately and could push the Costa Rican here.

– #4 Rodrigo Montoya will get an early test against Erick Trujillo , who has seen his progress stall a bit after some eye opening early results.

– If he plays, and if he advances, all eyes would be on #22 Kane versus #6 Adam Manilla in this round. It’d be another matchup of lefties, but a different battle for Kane. Manilla is fresh off a gold medal in Chile in Mixed, and has been getting some pretty solid results lately. He beat Diego Garcia in Chile, he’s got pro wins over Murray and Acuna this season, and he took out Jake at USA Nationals. This would be a great litmus test for Kane’s comeback, but I suspect Adam would be too much for him.


Projected Qtrs:

– #1 DLR over the Natera/Acuna winner. I don’t think either player has what it takes to take out Daniel right now.

– #4 Montoya over #5 @Andree Parrilla ; these long-time adversaries are now settling into the realization that Montoya has the upper hand in their rivalry.

– #3 Moscoso versus the Kane/Manilla winner. Well, I’m certain that neutrals (myself included) would love to see Kane versus Conrrado. It would certainly put and end to the social media campaign that believes that Kane still would beat anyone who he plays. Many believe that, even if he got by Manilla, Kane would be overpowered at this juncture against a player who is probably the most talented in the world.

– #2 @Jake Bredenbeck over Big Canada #7 Samuel Murray


– DLR over Montoya. Montoya does have a handful of wins against DLR in their careers. I also think DLR knows precisely what he needs to do to secure the title and will be rather motivated here.

– Moscoso over Jake; Jake may be seeded #2, and Jake may have beaten Conrrado in their last meeting in Chicago, but Conrrado’s the better player.


– Moscoso over DLR. Moscoso is on a run, fresh off Pan Am gold, and looks unstoppable. He wins Boston to force Pleasanton to count.


Doubles review: no draws as of this publishing.


Look for Streaming in the regular places; follow the IRT on Facebook and sign up to get notifications when they go Live. Look for Favio Soto, Samuel Schulze, Pablo Fajre and the IRTLive crew all weekend on the mike, calling the shots!

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2023 Pan American Games Recap

Moscoso wins his 4th major IRF title in the last two years and establishes himself as the best international player in the world. Photo US Open 2019, Photographer Kevin Savory

Racquetball’s highest international honor, the Pan American Games, has completed its singles and doubles competitions. Here’s a recap of the winners:

Congratulations to the individual winners:

– Men’s Singles: Conrrado Moscoso: Bolivia

– Women’s Singles: Paola Longoria: Mexico

– Men’s Doubles: Rodrigo Montoya & Javier Mar: Mexico

– Women’s Doubles: Gaby Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez, Guatemala

– Mixed Doubles: Adam Manilla & Erika Manilla, USA

Five events and four different countries represented in the winner’s circle, a great testament to the spread of the sport and talent throughout the two continents.

R2sports link:

PRS links to Match Reports for this event:

– Men’s Singles:

– Women’s Singles:

I’ve run out of URL shorteners in my account for the month, so for the Doubles just got to, click on IRF Doubles, then pull down for these three events.

– Men’s Doubles:

– Women’s Doubles:

– Mixed Doubles:


Here’s a run-through of the notable results for me in each draw.

Men’s Singles:

In the 16s, three interesting results for me. Andres Acuña handled Canadian Coby Iwaasa in three straight, a solid win for the Costa Rican over a tough player in Iwaasa who we rarely see on tour. Mexico’s Eduardo Portillo was stretched to five games before advancing over Ecuador’s Jose Daniel Ugalde. Lastly, the toughest match of the round was USA’s Adam Manilla advancing over Argentina’s Diego Garcia in five games. Garcia regularly gets upset wins whenever he can get to a pro event, and this was a very solid win for Manilla despite the seeds.

In the quarters: #1 seed @Conrrado Moscoso handled Acuna as expected, but USA’s top player Daniel De La Rosa fell in five games to Portillo in a huge upset. Portillo won 13-11 in the fifth, with the final call being a disputed service return skip. The courts in Santiago unfortunately were constructed with a small gap between the floor and the front wall, and to this observer it looked as if DLR hit a perfect return that would have rolled out on a normal court but which “popped up” on this court; the call stood and Lalo had his win. On the other side, Manilla game Mexico’s Rodrigo Montoya a run for his money but fell in five. Lastly, the #2 seed Carlos Keller Vargas held serve against Big Canada Samuel Murray to move on.

In the semis: Moscoso blitzed Lalo, while Keller shocked Montoya (the 2019 Pan Am games gold medalist) with a 5-game win to make it an all-Bolivia final.

In the final, Moscoso and Keller, who annually seem to play for the Bolivian National singles title and who have gone back and forth for years, played another in their series. This time around, Moscoso came out on top in three games. Conrrado wins his fourth straight major IRF title (2023 PARC, 2022 Worlds, and 2022 PARC; Bolivia did not send teams to the 2022 World Games) and has really solidified his place at the top of the Men’s international game.


Women’s Singles

The 32s and 16s went basically as expected. A couple notable round of 16 matches included Costa Rica’s Maricruz Ortiz topping Guatemala’s @Maria Renee Rodriguez by the score line of 9,7,17. third game: 19-17. The match of the round though was the 2-15 seeds Carla Muñoz and Maria Jose Vargas , who went the distance with the Argentine coming from 2-1 games down to win.

In the quarters, Ortiz continued to impress, topping the draw’s #1 seed Natalia Mendez 12-10 in the fifth to move on and secure a medal. Current LPRT #1 @Montse Mejia took out the 2022 PARC champ Angelica Barrios in three. Three-time defending champ Paola Longoria moved past USA’s Erika Manilla in three, and Vargas rebounded from her near-upset loss to grind out a great 3-game win over 2018 World Champ and 7-time IRF singles finalist Ana Gabriela Martinez to move on.

In the semis, the two Mexicans held serve, with Mejia shutting down Ortiz in three, while Longoria reversed a recent trend of losses to Vargas on tour with a solid 4-game win to set up an all Mexico Final.

In the final, Longoria won her 25th IRF singles title of her career, and her fourth straight Pan American gold, with a 3-game win over her new rival.


Men’s Doubles

The clear-cut #1 Men’s Doubles team in the world Rodrigo Montoya and @Javier Mar cruised to the title, dropping just one game along the way.

The quarter finals featured two major results: the #2 seeded Bolivian team of Moscoso and @Kadim Carrasco was shocked by the Guatemalan team of @Juan Jose Salvatierra and @Edwin Galicia. Bolivia was the finalist earlier this year at PARC, but they were one-and-done here. Meanwhile, the battle of heavyweights in the quarters was team USA versus team Canada. Murray and Iwaasa won the 2022 PARC event together and are a very experienced team, and they pulled the 5-game “upset” over De La Rosa and @Alejandro Landa to send the US team home one-and done. Canada ran to the final to face team Mexico and took game one before falling.


Women’s Doubles

The Guatemalan pair of Martinez and Rodriguez finally broke through at a major and took the title, topping the surprise finalists from Argentina Mendez an Vargas. Gaby and MRR have been playing together for a decade and have made a slew of major international Women’s Doubles finals but have always fallen short of winning. Not on the day today, as they played the veteran Argentine team tough and outslugged them for the gold medal.

Vargas and Mendez were in the final by virtue of a shocking upset of the #1 seeds and heavily favored team from Mexico Mejia and Alexandra Herrera . Team USA fell to the Argentines in the quarters, while team Bolivia (Barrios and Daza) lost to the Guatemalans in four close games in the other semi.


Mixed Doubles

There’s not a long history of Mixed Doubles in IRF events, but the few that have been held have been dominated by Mexico. They’ve won 3 of the 4 such events and were the losing finalist to Bolivia in the other. So when both Mexico and Bolivia were upset in the semis, it sent some shock waves across the sport.

Team Argentina took out team Bolivia (Moscoso & Barrios) in one five-game semifinal triumph, while team USA shocked team Mexico (Portillo & Longoria) in the other, to guarantee a first-time winner in the final.

There, the Manilla’s took over and dominated, winning the Gold medal 4,4,6 with a great game plan of having Adam range over to cherry pick balls and Erika out-hitting fellow power-swinger Vargas along the right.


Team Standings.

At the end of the five bracket competitions, the conventional IRF points tally was tabulated to determine the overall Team standings. This is different from the Team competition that followed all the individual draws, an event that seems to have been added on to make the trip more worthwhile to the players. These are unofficial standings and are not generally done for events that don’t feature group stages.

Overall Team Standings:

1. Mexico 760

2. Bolivia 540

3. Argentina 440

4. USA 380

5. Guatemala 370

Mexico cruised to the combined title thanks primarily to the Bolivian’s poor Women’s showing. Only the Mixed gold saved USA from being in 5th place behind Guatemala, a country that literally only has one facility in their entire nation.

Men’s Team Standings:

1. Bolivia 360

1T. Mexico 360

3. USA 200

3T Canada 200

5. Costa Rica 150

Mexico won doubles, Bolivia won singles, so perhaps the tiebreaker is Bolivia having the better runner’s up performances.

Women’s Team Standings:

1. Mexico 400

2. Argentina 300

3. Guatemala 240

4. Bolivia 180

4. USA 180

Bolivia would win a TB by virtue of better Doubles performance over USA, if we were awarding team medals.


As was well discussed during the event, streaming/broadcasting was non-existent officially until the finals, and even then just the doubles was broadcast on the channel. It is what it is; racquetball fans are just not used to participating in an event where the broadcast rights are sold as a package and free streaming is readily available. We did get some guerrilla streams from parents and players, which kept us satiated here at home.

However, during the doubles final, the streaming was magnificent. High quality cameras showed crisp, crystal clear images of the sport. If only we could get this quality week in/week out. That was a treat.


Next up?

Per our handy master racquetball calendar ……/1V6OTid6rZ356voXVkoV2sN7KMMb…/

The IRT is in Boston in two week’s time, then the LPRT is in Chicago the week after, so we get all the pros in action in November.

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2023 Pan Am Games Racquetball Preview

Longoria is the 3-time defending Pan American Games gold medalist. Photo US Open 2019, Photographer Kevin Savory

This weekend, the sport of racquetball competes in the Pan American Games. The 19th annual Pan American Games is being hosted by Chile, who built a fantastic new racquetball complex to host this competition. Absent the sport ever being put into the Olympics, this quadriennal competition featuring all the countries in the two American continents is the absolute highest level the sport currently competes.

Racquetball first appeared in the Pan Am games in 1995, in Buenos Aires. In that tournament, John Ellis topped Michael Bronfield in an 11-10 final to cap off his amateur career before turning pro, with Derek Robinson and Canadian Sherman Greenfeld making the semis. On the Women’s side, two legendary female hall of famers from the USA battled in the final, with Michelle Wolf (at the time, Michelle Gould) topping Cheryl Gudinas for the title.

Making it into the Pan Am games was a seminal moment for the sport; it meant we were finally to be recognized as an “Olympic-level sport” in the eyes of the USOPC and IOC (since Pan Am games rises to that level), and it led to an official relationship with the highest US sports organization that lasts to this day.

Racquetball has now been competed in 6 Pan Am Games, missing only one event since the 1995 event (that being Brazil in 2007, when no courts were built). On the Men’s singles side, players from the USA won the first 5 Pan Am golds, with Rodrigo Montoya topping Alvaro Beltran in the 2019 final in Peru to break that streak. See . For those who remember this famous match, Beltran was ahead in the second game when he dove for a ball and shattered the back glass door, covering himself in shards of glass. He was on a roll but ended up losing the match.

On the women’s singles side, Paola Longoria has dominated the last three events as expected, and is in Chile to pursue a 4th straight. See .

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They play singles, doubles, mixed and a team competition. We’ll do a quick preview of the draws with some predictions.

As is normally the case in International events, the seeding is not as fans of the game would expect. That’s because the seeds are done by country (not player), and the country performance for several past events is taken into consideration. Furthermore the #1 and #2 seeds per country are driven by National results. It means we’ll have matchups of top pros way too early as always, and unbalanced brackets … as we have with practically every IRF competition.

Men’s Singles

Thanks to poor recent performances, team USA is the 3rd ranked country, meaning its representatives (Daniel De la Rosa and Adam Manilla ) are seeded 5th and 6th. DLR will have to face Mexican #2 @Eduardo Portillo in the quarters to get a shot at #1 overall seed Conrrado Moscoso in the semis.

In the bottom half, Manilla gets dark-horse #11 Diego Garcia in his opener and could be looking at a quick exit. Defending champ Rodrigo Montoya probably has to contend with Garcia and then the winner of the Carlos Keller Vargas – @Samuel Murray winner to get back to the final. Still, the top half is heavily weighted.

Usually when I look at a possible Moscoso-DLR match, i take into account the elevation, the ball, and the court construction. IRF uses the Gearbox black (slow), and Santiago is at a decent elevation (1,800 feet). I don’t know the court construction but can guess its panel. These factors seem to cancel each other out, but the slower the game plays, the better the advantage for DLR will be. DLR is healthy, has the game plan, and the patience that Moscoso doesn’t have. Meanwhile, Moscoso has won the last three major IRF events (2023 PARC, 2022 Worlds, 2022 PARC) … but has yet to have to contend with DLR in these competitions.

I’ll predict DLR takes Moscoso out in the semis and then tops Montoya in the final. DLR didn’t switch sides to fly all the way down here to lose.


Women’s Singles

Lots of top-10 LPRT matchups early on in this bracket, as Argentine Natalia Mendez gets a #1 overall seed but has to contend with former #2 LPRT pro Frederique Lambert in the 16s. If she can get past the Canadian, she may have to contend with Costa Rican dark-horse Maricruz Ortiz. Meanwhile, the following four players are all in the same quadrant: #1 LPRT pro @Montse Mejia, 2022 PARC champ Angelica Barrios, former top10 touring pro Veronica Sotomayor , and USA’s @Michelle key . Just a brutal draw for all involved, but its hard to see anyone but Mejia coming out from the top.

The bottom half features five of the top 10 on the LPRT tour right now, including several recent tourney winners. @MarMaria José Vargas is the #2 seed, but last time she faced #7 @AAna Gabriela Martinez she got beat 9,12. 3-time defending champ Longoria is seeded #3 (by virtue of her win over Mejia at Mexican Nationals earlier this year) and is set to face top American Erika Manilla in the quarters, a player she’s dropped games to but never lost to. I see Gaby taking out Vargas, then losing to Longoria in the semis.

I sense Longoria vs Mejia in the final, and even though Mejia is #1 in the rankings, Longoria is #1 in international play and wins her 4th PanAm gold.


Men’s Doubles:

There are great doubles matches all over this draw, with all the top teams present. #1 Montoya/Mar will barely sweat before making the final, while the bottom half will be a dogfight. USA (DLR & Alejandro Landa ) vs Canada (@Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray ) will be a tough one, but the winner here will be favored over #2 Bolivia (Moscoso playing with @Kadim Carrasco ). In the final though I favor Montoya & Mar to defend their Pan Am gold from 2019.


Women’s Doubles:

The #1 team of Longoria & Mejia is the clear favorite. Team USA (Manilla & Key) will have a tough quarter against team Argentina (Mendez & Vargas) to then take a crack at #1 seeds. From the bottom, the long-time Guatemalan pair of @Maria Renee Rodriguez and Gaby will be favored to get to the final, but will be tested by #3 Bolivia (Barrios and @Jenny Daza Navia ). Look for Mexico to win.


Mixed Doubles:

#1 Moscoso & Barrios won the 2023 PARC event over Montoya & Longoria; now Mexico is represented by Portillo & Longoria and I think Bolivia is an even bigger favorite to win. #4 Argentina (Vargas & Garcia) will be tough, as will #3 USA (Manilla and Manilla), but I expect this to go chalk.


After the individual events, all the players get together for a team competition. Those draws will come out later on, but its the individual matches that matter.


A comment; i’m sure fans of the sport have seen the video put out by @Cristina Amaya this week, talking about what happened and why she and teammate @Maria Paz Riquelme were excluded from the competition. The pair finished 6th in Women’s rankings at the 2023 PARC and should have qualified, but (if I’m understanding the situation) their defunct/bankrupted national federation did not file the paperwork to include their delegation, and thus their spots were given away. This all apparently happened in May but was only found out recently by the understandably crushed Colombian players. What a sh*tty thing to happen, and honestly someone should have notified them or made an exception. It’s not Amaya and Maria paz’ fault their federation collapsed due to corruption and greed. Their two spots (apparently) went to the next team in line, which was Cuba (it also looks like the Dominican Republic snuck two players in thanks to two of the countries ahead of them giving up female spots). Its a shame, and a situation that should have been avoided.


Streaming outlook: it looks grim for streaming options, in that this event (unlike practically every other racquetball tournament) features broadcast rights that have been sold elsewhere. I’m sure we’ll see guerrilla streams here and there, but don’t hold your breath for 100% coverage.


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2023 Outdoor Cup Series Results.

With the completion of the 2023 3Wall Ball Outdoor Championships in Las Vegas two weekends ago, the year-long Outdoor Cup Series have completed. Here’s a recap of the winners and the narrative of how the results changed over the course of the season.

The LPL Financial Women’s Cup and the Kwm Gutterman Men’s Cup both awarded cash prizes and other benefits to the top 2 finishers across the three outdoor majors this year (Beach Bash, Outdoor Nationals, and 3WB).

Congratulations to the prize-winning finishers;

LPL Financial Women’s Cup Final winners:

1. Hollie Scott

2. Monserrat Mejia

KWM Gutterman Men’s Cup Final winners:

1. Daniel De La Rosa

2. Rocky Carson

Links to the final standings are here online:

– Ladies;…/1LFzkzQQZU0mNLQ…/

– Men:…/1uNa…/


Lets delve into the top 10 for each cup, talk about how each finished.


1. Hollie Scott

2. Montserrat Mejia

3. Carla Munoz

4. Kelani Lawrence

5. Alexandra Herrera

6. Janel Tisinger-Ledkins

7. Michelle Key

8. Erika Manilla

9. Brenda Laime Jalil

10. Aimee Roehler

Scott took the title wire to wire in 2023, winning two titles at Beach Bash (Women’s Doubles and Mixed) along with making the singles final. From there she took another title at Outdoor Nationals, plus two more in Vegas, and won the cup with a commanding lead. 2nd place finisher Mejia missed Beach Bash but took her LPRT #1 talents to outdoor starting in Huntington Beach, where she took the singles title in her first ever outdoor appearance. She followed that up with a singles/doubles double in Vegas to just squeak past 3rd place Munoz for the money position. Carla just missed out on 2nd place for the second year in a row, taking the one-wall Pro doubles in Vegas and the Women’s pro doubles title in California. The only other touring pro to compete in all three majors was 4th place finisher Lawrence, who took the Beach Bash doubles title with Scott and had several other finals in the three wall competitions the rest of the way.

Future Hall of Famer Tisinger-Ledkins missed Beach Bash but took a title in Outdoor Nationals and came in 5th. LPRT #5 Herrera came in 6th, despite missing Outdoor Nationals. She took the Women’s doubles title in Vegas with Mejia and had two other finals along the way. Last year’s winner Key struggled with injuries and missed the first two events, but played well in Vegas and made both Mixed finals with partner Kane Waselenchuk to finish in 7th place. LPRT #6 Manilla made a slew of semi finals but never advanced any deeper, finishing in 8th place. Current LPRT #3 Laime took the one-wall pro title in Vegas, but struggled in the doubles events other wise in Vegas as compared to last year to finish in 9th place. Rounding out the top 10 was USA Racquetball Hall of Famer Roehler, who was a finalist in Florida in March in doubles and had a slew of results in Vegas to finish in 10th place.

Other notable finishers include:

– Teen-ager Victoria Rodriguez , who finished 12th and who competed in all three competitions and took a Paddleball title in Vegas.

– new mom Erica Williams bowed out of pro events in Vegas but played all three majors this year to finish 14th.

– Veronica Sotomayor was in 2nd place after Beach Bash, where she took a title and a final. However she could not travel to either of the subsequent majors to compete for the crown.


Now lets talk about how the Men finished. Here’s the final top 10 standings:

1. Daniel De La Rosa

2. Rocky Carson

3. Rick “Soda Man” Koll

4. Eduardo Portillo

5. Benny Goldenberg

6. Robert Sostre “Ice Man”

7. Alejandro Landa

8. Greg Solis

9. Alvaro Beltran

10. Kane Waselenchuk

Like his partner Scott, De La Rosa (DLR) went wire-to-wire for this title, winning 7 of the 8 titles he competed in this year. The sole blemish on his outdoor major resume this year was in the Men’s Pro Doubles final in Huntington Beach, where he and Landa lost to @Josh Tucker and newlywed Brandon Davis in the final. Daniel now holds 29 major Outdoor titles to go along with his likely 3rd straight International Racquetball Tour pro title this year. He’s already on the short list for best outdoor player of all time; is he also on the short list for best indoor/outdoor combo player of all time? A player firmly in these same outdoor GOAT conversations is certainly Carson, who finished 2nd in this cup series competition on the back of his excellent CPRT results all year. He won CPRT in Florida with Sudsy Monchik , lost in the semis in California with regular partner @Jesus Ustarroz , and went to the final with Ustarroz in Vegas.

Long-time 3WB sponsor Soda Man came in 3rd in the cup competition this year, powered by a great CPRT win with Beltran over Carson/Ustarroz in Vegas. Portillo, who finished 2nd in last year’s cup, had to miss Outdoor Nationals this year but still took the 1-wall pro doubles final in Vegas to finish 4th. Portillo’s winning doubles partner in Vegas Goldenberg also made the final in Florida and finished 5th in the standings in the end despite focusing primarily on 1-wall competitions.

Benny’s beach bash finalist partner and WOR Hall of Famer Sostre finished right behind Benny in 6th; he and William Rolon were 1-wall pro doubles finalists in Vegas. Landa teamed up with DLR and was able to net enough points playing with the top player to finish 7th nearly on his pro doubles results in two events. Hall of Famer Greg Solis came in 8th; he took the Outdoor Nationals CPRT title with Josh Tucker and made the Vegas 3-wall singles final, losing to Alan Natera . The legendary Alvaro Beltran came in 9th in the Cup standings, taking CPRT in Vegas while missing Beach Bash while recovering from his dislocated elbow suffered last year. Finally, coming in 10th is none other than the 13-time IRT champ Waselenchuk, who has discovered one-wall and is loving it apparently, and powered his team to both Pro Mixed doubles finals in Vegas.

Other notable men:

– Brandon Davis’ wedding took out a ton of top Southern California talent from 3WB, and cost a number of the attendees (including Davis himself) at a higher spot in the standings.

– Josh Tucker stood in 2nd place after two Doubles titles in July; he finished 11th overall by only playing one of the Outdoor majors this year.

– Micah Rich and Jason Geis both sat in the top 10 after Outdoor Nationals, but fell to 16th and 20th overall by missing Vegas.

– Javier Mar was 2nd overall after a great Beach Bash, but fell to 22nd.


That’s it for the Outdoor Cup Series.

next up? The 2023 Pan Am Games! We’ll do a knockout round preview once the round robins are done.

3WallBall 2023 Recap

DLR enters 4, wins 4 divisions in Vegas. PHoto from 2019 Outdoor Nationals by Mike Augustin

The 2023 Kwm Gutterman 3Wall Ball Outdoor Championships are in the books. It was a fun, long weekend in Las Vegas on the grounds of The STRAT Hotel, Casino and Skypod , with players from all over the country competing in Racquetball, Paddleball, and Handball.

Congrats to your Pro racquetball division winners on the weekend:

– Men’s Pro 3-wall Doubles: Daniel De la Rosa & Alejandro Landa

– Women’s Pro 3-wall Doubles: Monserrat Mejia & Alexandra Herrera

– Mixed Pro 3-wall Doubles: De La Rosa & Hollie Rae Scott

– Men’s Pro 1-wall Doubles: Eduardo Portillo & Benny Goldenberg

– Women’s Pro 1-wall Doubles: Brenda Laime Jalil & Carla Munoz

– Mixed Pro 1-wall Doubles: De La Rosa/Scott

– Men’s 3-wall Singles: Alan Natera

– Women’s 3-wall Singles: Mejia

A big weekend for De La Rosa, who entered 4/won 4 divisions (3 pro racquetball divisions plus a paddleball division too). DLR teamed with Scott to win both

Mixed pro titles and, for the first time ever, do a clean sweep of all four mixed pro titles from the three outdoor majors. A fantastic achievement. Mejia took

the 3-wall singles/doubles double, her second straight 3-wall outdoor singles title.

Also Congrats to the winners of the other major Racquetball divisions held this weekend:

– CPRT Pro Doubles: Alvaro Beltran & Rick “Soda Man” Koll

– Combined 75+ Men’s Doubles: Cesar Chavez & Landa

– Centurion/Combined 100+ Men’s Doubles; Tony Burg & Scott St. Clair

– Men’s Open Doubles: Chavez & Emmett Coe

– Women’s Open Doubles: Sonja Septon (competed as a King of the Court)

– Mixed Open Doubles: Mike Harmon & Sarah Noye

– King of the Court Legends competition: Keith Minor

And Here’s the winners of the non-racquetball disciplines competed this weekend

– Paddleball Men’s Doubles: Daniel De La Rosa/ Emmett Coe

– Paddleball Mixed Doubles: Victoria Rodriguez/ Emmett Coe

– Handball 3-wall Big Ball Men’s Doubles: Anthony Hernandez / Tywan Cook

– Handball 1-wall Big Ball Men’s Doubles: Tywan Cook / Michael Christopher:

– Handball 3-wall Big Ball Men’s Singles: Anthony Hernandez

– Handball 1-Wall Big Ball Men’s Singles: Tywan Cook

A triple crown for Brooklyn’s Cook, and a double Paddleball title for Coe, which should be no surprise given the number of national titles he holds.

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Match Reports in the database by division (racquetball divisions only)

– Men’s Pro 3-wall Doubles:

– Women’s Pro 3-wall Doubles:

– Mixed Pro 3-wall Doubles:

– Men’s Pro 1-wall Doubles:

– Women’s Pro 1-wall Doubles:

– Mixed Pro 1-wall Doubles:

– Men’s 3-wall Singles:

– Women’s 3-wall Singles:

Here’s the Triple Crown reports in the database, showing all the winners of all divisions over the years.

– Men’s Doubles Triple Crown Report:

– Women’s Doubles Triple Crown Report:

– Mixed Doubles Triple Crown Report:

– Men’s Singles Triple Crown Report:

– Women’s Singles Triple Crown Report:


Here’s a recap of the draws. Because of the number of divisions to cover, we’ll run through in narrative format instead of round-by-round.

– Men’s 3-wall Pro Doubles: De La Rosa won this title for the 6th time in 7 years, teaming this year with the very improved Alex Landa to take the title over last year’s finalists Manilla & Riffel. Adam and Nick, as they did last year, rolled into the final playing smart, tactical racquetball and were not seriously challenged until the final. DLR continues to show why he’s the best all-around player in the world, killing everything in his reach and leading his team to victory.

There were a couple of notable early round matches. In the opener, #13 seeds Chris & Jack McDonald absolutely pulverized the #4 seeds Waselenchuk & Beltran 8 & 4, surprising the crowd who turned out to watch two legends of the sport. Chris (who has made the pro final in Men’s doubles three times in his career) was just lights out and the brother-brother team created a tactical nightmare for the IRT veterans, who had no answers for McDonald’s pace and aggression. In the quarters, 1-wall specialists Sostre & Goldenberg faced the 3-wall veterans Solis & Allin and played a fantastic, brutal 11,(11),10 match in the 95-degree sun. There was little between the teams on the day, and the crowd was treated to an awesome match.

– Women’s 3-wall Pro Doubles: 10 of the currently ranked top 17 LPRT pros were in Las Vegas, and the pro draws were littered with the sport’s top females mixing it up with outdoor veterans. In the pro doubles, current #1 Mejia, relatively new to outdoor, continues to impress, taking her first outdoor pro doubles title with the improving Herrera. They topped Scott & Lawrence in a tightly-contested 11-8 final.

– Mixed 3wall Pro Doubles: the final pro match competed at the event lived up to its billing as the highly anticipated rematch of DLR/Scott & Kane/Key (full of all sorts of interpersonal overtones) became a highlight show of shot-making from all parties. DLR and Scott ground out a 15-10 win in game one, then ran away with it in game 4 as DLR finger-wagged his way through one kill shot after another. Nonetheless, Kane and Key were an impressive team, and Kane will only improve in the 3-wall discipline going forward. It’s fantastic having the 13-time IRT pro champ here, and I hope he continues to play the outdoor majors.

– Men’s One wall Pro Doubles; The ever improving Lalo Portillo joined forces with NY-one wall veteran Goldenberg to grind out a title over the #1 seeds and multi-time champions of this event Sostre & Rolon in a slugfest on the show-court.

– Women’s One Wall Pro Doubles: Munoz won her second straight Vegas One-wall pro ladies doubles title, teaming with Laime to take a strange final over the eventual 3-wall champs Herrera & Mejia. After edging them 11-10 in game one, they blew out the two top LPRT pros 11-1 in game two for the win. This was a great division, with each of the 6 teams featuring a past pro doubles outdoor champion.

– Mixed One Wall Pro Doubles: The semis of the Mixed one-wall pro doubles tournament featured men who had combined for a grand total of 20 year end IRT #1 titles (between Kane, Cliff Swain , and DLR). The action on the court bore that out. Waselenchuk, who recently relocated to San Antonio and who has been playing with the big one-wall community there, showed just how quickly he’s picking up the discipline, but the more experienced outdoor player DLR drove his team to the win.


Other Rball divisions:

– CPRT Pro Doubles: Alvaro Beltran & Rick “Soda Man” Koll outlasted Rocky Carson and Jesus Ustarroz in the CPRT final, with the two veteran IRT champions battling it out on one side while the west coast outdoor specialists battled it on on the other.

– Combined 75+ Men’s Doubles: Cesar Chavez & Landa: Chavez and Landa ground out a tough win over the Gainesville-based McDonald brothers Chris & Jack in one of the very last matches played on Sunday.

– Centurion/Combined 100+ Men’s Doubles; @Tony Burg & Scott St. Clair, who are tough enough in 40+ or 75+, cruised to the 100+ win.

– Men’s Open Doubles: Chavez & Emmett Coe: SoCal’s Chavez got the double, pairing with Coe to take the Open title. They topped Dj Mendoza & Rhys Andersen in the final.

– Women’s Open Doubles: Sonja Septon took the Open Doubles title … how did she do that by herself you ask? Well, because the competitors played it as a “King of the Court” style where each of the 6 entrants played a full doubles match paired with each of the other 5. It gives everyone a ton of play. LPRT commissioner @TTj Baumbaugh came in 2nd.

– Mixed Open Doubles: Mike Harmon & Sarah Noyes from Florida took the 4-team mixed open draw, with NorCal’s @Walter Ramos and Erica Williams coming in 2nd.

– King of the Court Legends competition: Keith Minor topped the IRT legends-heavy King of the Court division and won the “Belt” for next year. It was awesome to see all the KOTC competitors all weekend.


Thanks for all the streaming on the weekend from both pro tours, especially the work all weekend from broadcasters Favio Soto and @Pablo Fajre and the IRTLive crew, as well as Jerry J Josey Jr. JT R Ball , and Tj Baumbaugh and guest stars on the LPRT feed.

Thanks to the Tourney Directors Mc Vegas for putting this event on, as well has his entire 3Wall Ball team. Peggine Tellez , Jen O’Meara , and especially @Peter McMillan worked tirelessly all weekend, along with dozens of other volunteers at the front desk and behind the scenes to make this tourney happen.

Thanks to the primary Tourney Sponsors @KWM Kwm Gutterman, PROKENNEX , @AGE Age Solutions , @LPL Financial, and Randy Root . Thanks also to the dozen other sponsors who helped either with product or finances. Without you, we do not have a pro sport, and without you we don’t have 3WallBall. Thank for all you do.


Next up?

Per our handy master racquetball calendar ……/1V6OTid6rZ356voXVkoV2sN7KMMb…/

We have a break in the action for most of October, then the sport’s biggest international stages is here in the Pan Am Games. The top representatives from every country will bein Chile from 10/21 to 10/26 to compete.



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2023 Kwm Gutterman 3WallBall Preview

Kane is back at 3WB playing some outdoor! Photo via 2020 Vegas/Mike Augustin

Hello racquetball fans. Its time for the big daddy of outdoor, the 2023 14th annual 3WallBall championships. More than 350 players are here in Las Vegas, ready to pound it out on the powder blue courts.

Yours truly is here, and I’ll be teaming up with Pablo Fajre and Favio Soto all weekend to broadcast on the IRT stream. We’ll pull in special guests along the way, but we’re looking forward to the event!

Here’s a direct link to the Media Guide/Broadcast binder, a big book of player profiles I publish every year for these events:…/3WallBall-2023-Broadcast-Binder… . As always (as I was reminded last night when i got into Vegas) if you have corrections or updates please DM me and I’ll make them at least on the electronic version for next time.


Previews: I’ve already written a couple of previews for this event, published on teh USA Racquetball feed.

– an event preview:…/2023-3wallball-event…

– A player/draw preview:…/2023-3wallball-event…

Now that the draws are out (see r2 sports home page: for more) we can see the matchups and make some quick predictions.

I got a sneak preview of the seeds for these events, and this year was especially tough to seed. I”m sure there are some looking at the seeds and saying, “well that’s wrong.” These draws are deep and unpredictable this year, as a number of top males in particular are missing the event for Brandon Davis’ wedding, and the female pros have all jumbled partners from years’ past.

Here’s some quick thoughts on the pro draws:

– Men’s 3-Wall Pro Doubles: I like the top 4 seeds to prevail to the semis, though Kane/Alvi may have trouble in the opener against the McDonald brothers and have a tough projected qtr against Natera/Lalo. I think Landa/DLR are the favorites, despite Landa’s outdoor inexperience, simply b/c of how dominant DLR can be.

– Women’s 3-Wall Pro Doubles: You could make a case for 4 or 5 of the 7 teams here to win. Mejia/Herrera as a 4th seed is brutal for the top seeds Munoz/Janel. Whoever wins that, wins the draw.

– Mixed 3-Wall Pro Doubles: just a completely stacked draw. Munoz for example, is one of the top Women’s doubles pros out there and is only seeded 9th. Laime made the mixed final last year with a different partner and is only seeded 10th. So look for bigtime upsets here. It will be tough to beat DLR & Scott, but look for a great semi between Kane/Key and the Manilla siblings.

– Men’s One-Wall Pro Doubles: lots of heavy hitters here, but Sostre/Rolon will be tough to top. I can’t wait to watch Chris McDonald in this format, with his “toes on the line” receiving strategy.

– Women’s One-Wall Pro Doubles: Lawrence & Scott won Beach Bash, but Herrera & Mejia are better players. Will that translate to a win on the court?

– Mixed One-Wall Pro Doubles: a really fun draw, with a ton of great names, all gunning to top DLR & Scott, who have yet to lose as a mixed doubles partnership.


Streaming: both the IRT and LPRT streaming teams are here as always; follow both tours and sign up for live feed notifications.

Thanks to the Tourney Directors Peggine Tellez , @Mike Coulter and Jen O’Meara for putting this event on! Thanks to our main sponsors Kwm Gutterman , @prPROKENNEX and Age Solutions , @lplfLPLFinancial and Randy Root . It goes without saying that without you and your support, we don’t have a sport.

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