Rocky Carson is an American professional racquetball player (born May 21, 1979). Carson is the current racquetball World Champion, a title he won for the 4th time in 2014, which is a International Racquetball Federation (IRF) career record. Carson was the #1 player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) at the end of the 2007-08 season., and finished ranked 2nd at the end of the 2013-14 season. A California native, Carson developed his game outdoors, and is known for an unorthodox game style that makes his opponents do the work. In 2008, he became the first man to hold the World Outdoor Championship, International Racquetball Federation (IRF; indoor) World Championship, and US Open titles simultaneously.
Carson has won 18 IRT tournaments in his career, tied for 7th all time with Mike Yellen, with the highlight being the 2007 US Open Racquetball Championship. He began to play the pro tour seriously in 1998-99, and won his first tournament in the 2002-03 season. Prior to the 2007-08 season Carson had only won 3 tournaments, but that was his breakout season, as he won 7 tournaments including the US Open and finished the season as the #1 IRT player.
Domestic and international career
Carson's four gold medals in men's singles at the 2014, 2012, 2010 and 2008 World Championships is the most ever for a man, one more than Jack Huczek. Previously at Worlds, Carson was the silver medalist in 2000, and a bronze medalist in 2004 and 1998. Carson is the current Pan American Games gold medalist, which was his second Pan Am Games medal, as he won bronze in 2003. Carson was part of Team USA that were finalists in the 2011 Pan Am Games team competition. He also won gold at the 2001 Pan American Championships and bronze in the 2002 Pan Am Championships.
In all, Carson has been a member of Team USA on 14 occasions: thirteen times as a singles player and once as a doubles player. He played in eight IRF World Championships: 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014 as well as two Pan American Championships in 2001 and 2002, and two Pan American Games in 2003 and 2011.
Carson has won the US Nationals five times, first in 2000, then again in 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He also won the US National doubles title three consecutive years from 2004-2006 with Jack Huczek.
Carson is married with two children and lives in Orange County, California. Outside of competing, Rocky stays busy teaching private Racquetball lessons and group lessons for adults and children exclusively at the Renaissance ClubSport fitness resort in Aliso Viejo, California. He also uses Renaissance ClubSport's world-class fitness facility to maintain his athletic physique and strong mental focus. His family also lives in California, along with his sister Dawn Carson who teaches math at a private school. She is known amongst her students as "Baby Dawn."
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