Álvaro Beltrán

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Álvaro Beltrán
Personal information
Born (1978-10-15) October 15, 1978 (age 36)
Tijuana, Mexico

Álvaro Beltrán (born October 15, 1978), is a Mexican professional racquetball player. Beltrán is a former World Champion in both singles and doubles. Also, he is one of the top ranked players on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT). Beltran was ranked 3rd at the end of the 2013-14 IRT season.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Beltrán has been the highest ranked Mexican player ever on the IRT. He's been ranked in the top 10 IRT at season's end in 10 of the last 12 seasons since 2000-01, finishing as high as #2 as of October, 2014.[2] He won his first IRT event in 2013, when he defeated fellow Mexican Daniel De La Rosa in the final of the Red Swain Shootout.[3] Overall, Beltrán has been in 33 finals in 156 appearances on tour, which is 8th most all time.[2]

Beltrán has been in the finals of the US Open Racquetball Championships twice: once in 2010 and again in 2014. He was the first Mexican to do so. He lost both finals to Kane Waselenchuk, but did win the first game of the 2010 final, which was Waselenchuk's first loss of a game in six US Open finals. The 2010 final was the first US Open final with two non-American players.

Also of note, Beltrán is one of only two players to beat IRT #1 Waselenchuk in a completed match, since Waselenchk's return to the IRT tour in the fall of 2008. That win occurred at the 2009 California Open, when Beltrán defeated Waslenchuk in four games in the semi-finals.[2]

International career[edit]

Beltrán is the only racquetball player to win World Championships in both singles and doubles. Beltrán won the 2000 Racquetball World Championships hosted by the International Racquetball Federation[4] in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, defeating American Rocky Carson in the final.[5] He has two doubles titles, which were both won with Javier Moreno. They first won at the 2006 Racquetball World Championships, defeating Americans Carson and Jack Huczek in the final, and won again in 2012, defeating Americans Tony Carson and Jansen Allen. Both doubles wins were in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Beltrán and Moreno also won the gold medals in doubles at the 2003,[6] and 2011 Pan Am Games. In 2003, they beat Americans Ruben Gonzalez and Mike Guidry in the final, and in the 2011 final, defeated Venezuelans Cesar Castillo and Jorge Hirsekorn. Beltrán also won gold in the team competition at the 2011 Pan Am Games.

In addition, Beltrán won three consecutive Pan American Racquetball Championships from 2007–2009, and he was the gold medalist at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games defeating countryman Gilberto Meija in the final.

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