Racquetball World Championships

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The World Racquetball Championships, organized by the International Racquetball Federation (IRF), were first held in 1981 as part of the World Games. The second World Championships were in 1984, and have been held every two years since.

The 2014 World Championships were in Burlington, Ontario June 14-21. This was the first time Worlds were in Canada since 1992, when Montreal was the host city. A site for the 2016 World Championships has not been named.

In previous years, the World Championships had two parts. An individual competition, where every player competes for himself or herself, or in the case of doubles, themselves, and also a team competition, where men's and women's teams from each country compete against each other in a best of three matches: two singles matches and a doubles match. The overall team title is a sum of the men's and women's team performances.

But in 2014, there were only individual competitions in Men's and Women's Singles and Doubles. The competition did have two parts: a pool play part from which players were seeded into an elimination draw. The winners were American Rocky Carson, who won for the fourth time in Men's Singles, Mexican Paola Longoria, who won both Women's Singles and Women's Doubles with Samantha Salas, and those two titles put her 2nd on the all time list of World Champions with five titles overall - two in singles and three in doubles. Winning for the first time were Colombians Sebastian Franco and Alejandro Herrera, who became the first South Americans to win any Racquetball World Championship when they won the Men's Doubles title.

Team winners were named, but it was based on performance in the individual competitions, rather than an on court competition. The USA took the Men's Team title and Overall Team title with Mexico taking the Women's Team title.

IRF World Championships
Year Host Men's Team Women's Team Overall/Combined
I 1981 USA   -   - United States USA
II 1984 USA United States USA United States USA United States USA
III 1986 USA Canada Canada United States USA United States USA & Canada Canada
IV 1988 Germany Canada Canada United States USA United States USA
V 1990 Venezuela United States USA United States USA United States USA
VI 1992 Canada United States USA United States USA United States USA
VII 1994 Mexico United States USA United States USA United States USA
VIII 1996 USA Canada Canada United States USA United States USA
IX 1998 Bolivia United States USA United States USA United States USA
X 2000 Mexico Canada Canada United States USA Canada Canada
XI 2002 Puerto Rico Canada Canada United States USA United States USA
XII 2004 South Korea United States USA United States USA United States USA
XIII 2006 Dominican Republic United States USA United States USA United States USA
XIV 2008 Ireland United States USA United States USA United States USA
XV 2010 South Korea United States USA United States USA United States USA
XVI 2012 Dominican Republic United States USA Mexico Mexico United States USA
XVII 2014 Canada United States USA Mexico Mexico United States USA


IRF World Championships - Individual Competitions
Year Host Men's Singles Women's Singles Men's Doubles Women's Doubles
I 1981 USA United States Ed Andrews United States Cindy Baxter United States Mark Malowitz & Jeff Kwartler United States Mary Ann Cluess & Karen Borga
II 1984 USA Canada Ross Harvey United States Mary Dee United States Stan Wright & Steve Trent United States Carol French & Malia Kamahoahoa
III 1986 USA United States Egan Inoue United States Cindy Baxter United States Jack Nolan & Todd O'Neil Canada Carol McFetridge & Marion Sicotte
IV 1988 Germany United States Andy Roberts Canada Heather Stupp United States Doug Ganim & Dan Obremski United States Diane Green & Trina Rasmussen
V 1990 Venezuela United States Egan Inoue Canada Heather Stupp United States Doug Ganim & Dan Obremski United States Malia Bailey & Jackie Paraiso
VI 1992 Canada United States Chris Cole United States Michelle Gould United States Doug Ganim & Eric Muller United States Malia Bailey & Robin Levine
VII 1994 Mexico Canada Sherman Greenfeld United States Michelle Gould United States John Ellis & Eric Muller United States Laura Fenton & Jackie Paraiso Gibson
VIII 1996 USA United States Todd O'Neil United States Michelle Gould United States Adam Karp & Bill Sell United States Joy MacKenzie & Jackie Paraiso
IX 1998 Bolivia Canada Sherman Greenfeld Canada Christie Van Hees United States Adam Karp & Bill Sell United States Joy Mackenzie & Jackie Paraiso
X 2000 Mexico Mexico Alvaro Beltran United States Cheryl Gudinas Mexico Luis Bustilos & Javier Moreno United States Kersten Hallander & Kim Russell
XI 2002 Puerto Rico United States Jack Huczek United States Cheryl Gudinas Mexico Polo Gutierrez & Gilberto Mejia United States Jackie Paraiso Rice & Kim Russell
XII 2004 South Korea United States Jack Huczek United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Shane Vanderson & Mike Dennison United States Jackie Paraiso Rice & Kim Russell
XIII 2006 Dominican Republic United States Jack Huczek Canada Christie Van Hees Mexico Alvaro Beltran & Javier Moreno United States Aimee Ruiz & Laura Fenton
XIV 2008 Ireland United States Rocky Carson United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Jason Thoerner & Mitch Williams United States Aimee Ruiz & Jackie Paraiso
XV 2010 South Korea United States Rocky Carson United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Ben Croft & Mitch Williams Mexico Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas
XVI 2012 Dominican Republic United States Rocky Carson Mexico Paola Longoria Mexico Alvaro Beltran & Javier Moreno Mexico Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas
XVII 2014 Canada United States Rocky Carson Mexico Paola Longoria Colombia Sebastian Franco & Alejandro Herrera Mexico Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas


List of Multiple World Champions[edit]

Champion Singles Championships Doubles Championships Total
Jackie Paraiso United States 0 7 7
Paola Longoria Mexico 2 3 5
Rocky Carson United States 4 0 4
Michelle Gould United States 3 0 3
Cheryl Gudinas United States 3 0 3
Jack Huczek United States 3 0 3
Alvaro Beltran Mexico 1 2 3
Javier Moreno Mexico 0 3 3
Doug Ganim United States 0 3 3
Kim Russell United States 0 3 3
Joy MacKenzie United States 0 3 3
Samantha Salas Mexico 0 3 3
Malia Bailey United States 0 3 3
Christie Van Hees Canada 2 0 2
Heather Stupp Canada 2 0 2
Sherman Greenfeld Canada 2 0 2
Aimee Ruiz United States 0 2 2
Egan Inoue United States 2 0 2
Rhonda Rajsich United States 2 0 2
Cindy Baxter United States 2 0 2
Mitch Williams United States 0 2 2
Dan Obremski United States 0 2 2
Eric Muller United States 0 2 2
Adam Karp United States 0 2 2
Bill Sell United States 0 2 2
Laura Fenton United States 0 2 2

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