Sudsy Monchik

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Sudsy Monchik (born October 12, 1974), is an American racquetball player. As a five-time Pro World Champion, Monchik is considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the sport.[1] Monchik was known for his power and speed, as well as his shot-making ability, especially his backhand, which many[who?] believed was the best in the game. Sudsy revolutionized the sport with his electric personality combined with his tremendous shot power from both his backhand and forehand along with his jaw dropping shot making ability.

Professional career[edit]

Monchik won the US Open, racquetball's most prestigious event, in its first year 1996, and then again three more times, in 1998, 2000, and 2002. He and Kane Waselenchuk are the only two men to win the US Open more than twice.[2]

Monchik's 41 tournament wins places him fourth in career tournament wins behind only Cliff Swain (70), Kane Waselenchuk (70), and Marty Hogan (60). He compiled those wins in 137 tournament appearances, 13th all time,[3] a tournament winning rate of 29.9%.

Monchik won at least one pro tournament in each of his first 8 seasons competing on the pro tour from 1993-94 to 2000-01. However, after failing to win for a second season, Monchik retired from the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) after the 2003-04 season. He came back in the 2006-07 season, playing 9 of 13 events, but only reached the semi-finals once, and retired again.

Sudsy continues to stay involved as a commentator and advisor to the top organizations and governing bodies in the sport.

International career[edit]

Prior to turning pro, Monchik won three consecutive World Junior titles in Boy's 18 and under from 1991–1993, as well as doubles titles in Boys 18 & under with James Mulcock in 1993 and Jason Mannino in 1992.[4]

Monchik represented the USA in the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina, where he played doubles with Tim Sweeney, winning the gold medal by defeating Canadians Chris Brumwell and Jacques Demers in the final.[5]

Sudsy is the only player in the history of the sport to win every age division at the Junior Nationals in both singles and doubles. All doubles titles with Jason Mannino.

Post-playing career[edit]

In 2006, Monchik was forced into retirement due to a back injury diagnosed as spondylolisthesis.[6] Monchik was selected as an inductee into the 2008-2009 Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame.[7]

In 2013, Monchik began an association with Dunlop Racquetball.[8] He also was a commentator for that year's US Open Racquetball Championships, which were broadcast on Tennis Channel.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Cliff Swain
Cliff Swain
Number 1 Men's Pro Racquetball Player
1995-1996 to 1996-1997
1998-1999 to 2000-2000
Succeeded by
Cliff Swain
Cliff Swain