Juan Martínez de Irujo

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Mtz. de Irujo
Full name Juan Martínez de Irujo
Born (1981-12-04) 4 December 1981 (age 32)
Ibero, Olza, Navarra
Country Spain
Province Navarra
Height 1,86 m
Weight 84 kg
Debut date June 6, 2003
Debut fronton Labrit fronton
Categories Hand-pelota
Position Forward
Management ASPE
Singles
1st Hand-Pelota singles championship 2004, 2006, 2009
Doubles
1st Hand-Pelota doubles championship 2005, 2006, 2009
Cuatro y Medio
Cuatro y Medio 2006, 2008

Juan Martínez de Irujo (born 4 November 1981) is a professional Basque pelota player for the Aspe team.[1]

Early life[edit]

Martínez de Irujo was born in 1981 in Ibero, Olza. He is the son of Juan Angel Martinez de Irujo and the nephew of the late professional pelotari (pelota player) Javier Martínez de Irujo.

Professional career[edit]

Martinez de Irujo made his debut on the Labrit fronton in 2003, and soon became an important player, winning the Hand-pelota championship and runner-up with Lasa III on the doubles tournament held the same year. In 2005 he was again runner-up of the 1st hand-pelota championship, but won the doubles with Goñi III. In 2006 he won the three pelota titles: hand single, hand doubles and Cuatro y Medio like Julián Rategui had done back in 1990. In 2008 he was again runner-up at cuatro y medio to Olaizola II. In 2009 he again won the doubles championship along with Fernando Goñi, and won his third single hand-pelota title against Olaizola II.

1st Hand-pelota championship finals[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score Fronton
2004 Martínez de Irujo Xala 22-12 Atano III
2005 Olaizola II Martínez de Irujo 22-18 Atano III
2006 Martínez de Irujo Olaizola II 22-17 Atano III
2009 Martínez de Irujo Olaizola II 22-12 Atano III
2010 Martínez de Irujo Xala 22-13 Atano III
2014 Martínez de Irujo Retegi Bi 22-9 Atano III

Doubles hand-pelota championship finals[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Score Fronton
2004 Titín III - Goñi III Martínez de Irujo - Lasa III 22-8 Atano III
2005 Martínez de Irujo - Goñi III Bengoetxea VI - Beloki 22-12 Atano III
2006 Martínez de Irujo - Martínez de Eulate Olaizola II - Zearra 22-11 Ogueta
2009 Martínez de Irujo - Goñi III Olaizola II - Mendizabal II 22-21 Atano III

Cuatro y Medio Euskadi Championships[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score Fronton
2006 Martínez de Irujo Barriola 22-21 Ogueta
2008 Olaizola II Martínez de Irujo 22-17 Atano III
2009 Sébastien González Martínez de Irujo 22-18 Atano III
2010 Martínez de Irujo Barriola 22-17 Atano III
2011 Olaizola II Martínez de Irujo 22-12 Bizkaia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Juan Martínez de Irujo profile in the website of Aspe.