Álvaro Beltrán

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Álvaro Beltrán
Personal information
Born (1978-10-15) October 15, 1978 (age 40)
Tijuana, Mexico

Álvaro Beltrán (born October 15, 1978), is a Mexican professional racquetball player. Beltrán is a current World Champion in Men's Doubles, winning the title for the fourth time in 2018 in San José, Costa Rica. Beltran is a former World Champion in Men's Singles and is one of two men to win both singles and doubles at Worlds. Also, Beltran was ranked 5th at the end of the 2017-18 International Racquetball Tour (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 14 of the last 16 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] Beltran's second win came in November 2015 at the Galaxy Custom Printing Pro-Am in Atlanta, where he defeated Rocky Carson, in the final, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4.[2] Overall, Beltrán has been in 35 finals in 178 appearances on tour, which is 6th 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 2010 final, which was Waselenchuk's first loss of a game in six US Open finals. 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 Men's Singles and Men's Doubles. Beltrán won Men's Singles at 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 won Men's Doubles thrice, all with Javier Moreno. Most recently, he and Moreno won the 2016 Worlds Championships in Cali, Colombia, where they defeated Americans Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz in the final, 15-12, 15-9. Beltran and Moreno first won Men's Doubles in 2006, defeating Americans Carson and Jack Huczek in the final, and then six years later in 2012, defeating Americans Tony Carson and Jansen Allen. Both those wins were in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Beltrán and Moreno also won the gold medals in doubles at 2003,[6] and 2011 Pan Am Games. In 2003, they beat Americans Ruben Gonzalez and Mike Guidry in the final, and in 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 Championships in Men's Singles from 2007–2009, and the 2015 Pan Am Championship in Men's Doubles with Javier Moreno. He is a two time the gold medalist in Men's Singles at the Central American and Caribbean Games, as he defeated countrymen Gilberto Meija in 2010 final and Daniel De La Rosa in 2014 final, 15-7, 15-2.

In 2018, Beltrán and Rodrigo Montoya captured gold at the Pan American Championships in Temuco, Chile by defeating Bolivians Roland Keller and Conrrado Moscoso in the final, 13-15, 15-10, 11-6.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Current Rankings & IRT Ranking System".
  2. ^ a b c d http://www.bossconsulting.com/irt/ IRT Historical Data Archive
  3. ^ http://www.irt-tour.com/irt-news/42-alvaro-beltran-wins-red-swain-shootout-takes-first-tier-1-title.html
  4. ^ http://www.internationalracquetball.com/worlds/03worlds.htm
  5. ^ http://www.internationalracquetball.com/racquetball/recordbook/irf-recordsbooks/match-results.aspx
  6. ^ http://www.proracquetball.net/irt/bios/beltran.html
  7. ^ "Men's Doubles Draw" (PDF). International Racquetball Federation. IRF. Retrieved 4 April 2018.

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