International Racquetball Tour

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International Racquetball Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018-2019 International Racquetball Tour Season
International-Racquetball-Tour-Logo.png
SportRacquetball
Founded1991
CountriesInternational
HeadquartersWashington, MO
Official websitewww.irt-tour.com

The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) is the leading professional racquetball organization for men's competition. It was founded in 1991 and is the successor to previous iterations of the tour by different names. Professional Men's racquetball events have been offered since 1973 [1]. Events are played mostly in the USA.

In June 2017, the IRT was taken over by E.J. Promotions Inc. with John Scott to serve at the IRT CEO.[2] Previously, Jason Mannino, a former pro player, served as IRT President.[3], who succeeded Dave Negrete in 2009. Negrete was Commissioner from 2001 to 2009. Initially, Mannino continued to play on the tour during the 2009-2010 season as well as serve as the IRT's leader, but retired at the end of that season to concentrate on being IRT President.

Rules of play[edit]

IRT matches primarily use the rules as set out by USA Racquetball.[4] IRT matches were best of five games to 11 points each beginning in 1981 with each game won by a minimum of two points[5] (e.g., a 12-10 score can end a game, but 11-10 cannot). But in the middle of the 2017-18 season, the IRT changed its match scoring from best of 5 games to 11 points to a best of 3 games with the first 2 games to 15 points and the tie-breaker to 11.[6] Moreover, each of the three games was win by 1 point rather than 2 points, as it was under the previous rule with games to 11 points. The rule came into effect at the start of the 2018 calendar year.

Beginning in the 2010-2011 season, the IRT has changed its service rule so that players get two opportunities to put the ball into play (two serve rule),[7] as in tennis where players are allowed two faults before losing a point. Since the 1990s, the IRT had been using a one serve rule, so a fault serve resulted in an immediate loss of serve.

Results[edit]

2018-2019 (Tier 1 and Grand Slam Events)[edit]

Event Winner Runner Up Semi Finalists
2018 MWRA Season Opener IRT Pro-Am[8]

Laurel, Maryland, September 13-16, 2018

United States Rocky Carson
15-7, 15-12
Canada Samuel Murray Colombia Sebastian Franco
Mexico Alejandro Landa
UnitedHealthcare US Open[9]

Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 3-7, 2018

Canada Kane Waselenchuk
15-11, 15-6
Mexico Daniel De La Rosa Mexico Andree Parrilla
United States Rocky Carson
Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions[10]

Portland, November 29-December 2, 2018

Canada Kane Waselenchuk
15-6, 15-12
Mexico Alvaro Beltran United States Charlie Pratt
United States Rocky Carson
2019 California Open[11]

Canoga Park, California, January 3-6, 2019

Canada Kane Waselenchuk
15-8, 15-10
Mexico Daniel De La Rosa Mexico Alejandro Landa
United States Rocky Carson
41st Annual Lewis Drug Pro-Am

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, January 17–20, 2019

Canada Kane Waselenchuk
15-4, 15-2
Mexico Daniel De La Rosa United States Rocky Carson
Mexico Rodrigo Montoya
34th Annual Shamrock Shootout Pro-Am

Lombard, Illinois, March 14-17, 2019

Bolivia Grand Slam

Bolivia, March 26-30, 2019

Florida Spring Break Open

Florida, April 26-28, 2019

New York City Unity Championships

Syosset, New York, May 1-5, 2019

Season summaries (Tier I and Grand Slam Events)[edit]

Season Tournament Wins[12] US Open winner
2018-19 Canada Kane Waselenchuk (4), United States Rocky Carson (1) Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2017-18 Canada Kane Waselenchuk (5), Mexico Alejandro Landa (2)
Mexico Daniel De La Rosa (1), United States Charlie Pratt (1), Colombia Sebastian Franco (1), Mexico Andree Parrilla (1)
Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2016-17 Canada Kane Waselenchuk (7), United States Rocky Carson (1), Mexico Daniel De La Rosa (1) Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2015-16 Canada Kane Waselenchuk (10), United States Rocky Carson (3), Mexico Álvaro Beltrán (1) Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2014-15 Canada Kane Waselenchuk (10), United States Rocky Carson (3), Mexico Daniel De La Rosa (1) Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2013-14 Canada Kane Waselenchuk (8), Mexico Álvaro Beltrán (1), United States Rocky Carson (1), United States Jose Rojas (1) Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2012-13 Canada Kane Waselenchuk (9), United States Rocky Carson (3) Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2011-12 Canada Kane Waselenchuk (9), United States Rocky Carson (1), United States Ben Croft (1), United States Jose Rojas (1) Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2010-11 Canada Kane Waselenchuk (12), United States Rocky Carson (1), United States Jack Huczek (1) Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2009-10 Canada Kane Waselenchuk (8), United States Jason Mannino (1) Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2008-09 Canada Kane Waselenchuk (10), United States Rocky Carson (2), United States Jack Huczek (1) Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2007-08 United States Rocky Carson (7), United States Jack Huczek (6), United States Jason Mannino (1) United States Rocky Carson
2006-07 United States Jack Huczek (9), United States Jason Mannino (3), United States Rocky Carson (1) United States Jason Mannino
2005-06 United States Jack Huczek (5), Canada Kane Waselenchuk (4) Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2004-05 Canada Kane Waselenchuk (8), United States Cliff Swain (2), United States Jack Huczek (2) Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2003-04 Canada Kane Waselenchuk (6), United States Jack Huczek (3), United States Jason Mannino (3), United States Rocky Carson (1) Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2002-03 United States Jason Mannino (6), United States Sudsy Monchik (3), Canada Kane Waselenchuk (3)
United States Jack Huczek (1), United States Rocky Carson (1), United States Mike Guidry, United States John Ellis, Mexico Alvaro Beltran
United States Sudsy Monchik
2001-02 United States Cliff Swain (4), United States Jason Mannino (3), Canada Kane Waselenchuk (1)
United States Jack Huczek (1), United States John Ellis (1)
United States Cliff Swain
2000-01 United States Sudsy Monchik (7), United States Cliff Swain (3), United States Jason Mannino (2), United States John Ellis (1) United States Sudsy Monchik
1999-2000 United States Sudsy Monchik (6), United States Cliff Swain (4), United States Jason Mannino (1), United States John Ellis (1) United States Jason Mannino
1998-1999 United States Sudsy Monchik (8), United States Cliff Swain (2), United States Jason Mannino (1), United States John Ellis (1) United States Sudsy Monchik
1997-1998 United States Cliff Swain (10), United States Sudsy Monchik (3), United States John Ellis (2), United States Andy Roberts (1) United States Cliff Swain
1996-1997 United States Sudsy Monchik (7), United States Cliff Swain (7), United States Andy Roberts (2), United States Jason Mannino (1) United States Sudsy Monchik
1995-1996 United States Sudsy Monchik (6), United States Cliff Swain (5), United States Andy Roberts (2), United States John Ellis (1), United States Drew Kachtik (1) -
1994-1995 United States Cliff Swain (9), United States Andy Roberts (3), United States Sudsy Monchik (2), United States Tim Doyle (2) -
1993-1994 United States Cliff Swain (13), United States Sudsy Monchik (1), United States Andy Roberts (1), United States Tim Doyle (1)
United States Mike Ray (1), United States Drew Kachtik (1), United States Jack Newman (1)
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1992-1993 United States Cliff Swain (6), United States Ruben Gonzalez (3), United States Andy Roberts (3), United States Mike Ray (3) -
1991-1992 United States Andy Roberts (3), United States Drew Kachtik (2), United States Mike Yellen (2), United States Mike Ray (1)
United States Tim Doyle (1), United States Marty Hogan (1), United States Dan Obremski (1), United States Brian Hawkes (1), United States Bret Harnett (1)
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1990-1991 United States Andy Roberts (2), United States Drew Kachtik (2), United States Mike Ray (1)
United States Tim Doyle (1), United States Jack Newman (1), United States Dan Obremski (1), United States Tim Sweeney (1)
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1989-1990 United States Ruben Gonzalez (1) -
1988-1989 United States Bret Harnett (2), United States Mike Ray (1) -
1987-1988 United States Bret Harnett (3), United States Ruben Gonzalez (2), United States Cliff Swain (2), United States Egan Inoue (1) -
1986-1987 United States Bret Harnett (3), United States Ed Andrews (2), United States Marty Hogan (2)
United States Cliff Swain (1), United States Egan Inoue (1), United States Mike Yellen (1)
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1985-1986 United States Marty Hogan (4), United States Bret Harnett (4), United States Mike Yellen (2), United States Gregg Peck (2), United States Cliff Swain (1) -
1984-1985 United States Marty Hogan (4), United States Mike Yellen (3), United States Cliff Swain (1), United States Gregg Peck (2), United States Jerry Hilecher (1) -
1983-1984 United States Marty Hogan (3), United States Mike Yellen (2), United States Ed Andrews (1), United States Dave Peck (1), United States Brett Harnett (1) -
1982-1983 United States Mike Yellen (8), United States Marty Hogan (3), United States Dave Peck (1), United States Brett Harnett (1) -
1981-1982 United States Dave Peck (4), United States Marty Hogan (4), United States Jerry Hilecher (2), United States Brett Harnett (1) -

Note: The US Open Racquetball Championships began in November 1996.

Rankings at season's end[edit]

Sources[13][14]
Position 2015–2016[15] 2016–2017 2017–2018
1 Canada Kane Waselenchuk Canada Kane Waselenchuk United States Rocky Carson
2 United States Rocky Carson United States Rocky Carson Canada Kane Waselenchuk
3 Mexico Daniel De La Rosa Mexico Daniel De La Rosa Mexico Alejandro Landa
4 Mexico Alvaro Beltran Mexico Alvaro Beltran Mexico Daniel De La Rosa
5 United States Jose Rojas United States Jose Rojas Mexico Alvaro Beltran
6 United States Jansen Allen United States Jansen Allen Colombia Sebastian Franco
7 United States Marco Rojas United States Marco Rojas Bolivia Mario Mercado
8 Costa Rica Felipe Camacho Colombia Sebastian Franco Canada Samuel Murray
9 Colombia Sebastian Franco Bolivia Mario Mercado United States Jansen Allen
10 Bolivia Mario Mercado Mexico Alejandro Landa United States David Horn
Position 2010–2011 2011–2012 2012–2013 2013–2014 2014–2015
1 Canada Kane Waselenchuk Canada Kane Waselenchuk Canada Kane Waselenchuk Canada Kane Waselenchuk Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2 United States Rocky Carson United States Rocky Carson United States Rocky Carson United States Rocky Carson United States Rocky Carson
3 United States Ben Croft United States Jose Rojas Mexico Alvaro Beltran Mexico Alvaro Beltran Mexico Alvaro Beltran
4 United States Jack Huczek United States Ben Croft United States Jose Rojas United States Jose Rojas Mexico Daniel De La Rosa
5 United States Chris Crowther Mexico Alvaro Beltran United States Chris Crowther Mexico Daniel De La Rosa United States Jose Rojas
6 United States Andy Hawthorne United States Chris Crowther United States Ben Croft United States Chris Crowther United States Ben Croft
7 United States Jose Rojas United States Shane Vanderson United States Tony Carson United States Ben Croft United States Jansen Allen
8 United States Shane Vanderson United States Andy Hawthorne United States Shane Vanderson United States Jansen Allen United States Marco Rojas
9 United States Charlie Pratt United States Tony Carson Mexico Daniel De La Rosa United States Tony Carson United States Charlie Pratt
10 United States Anthony Herrera United States Charlie Pratt Mexico Javier Moreno United States Marco Rojas United States Tony Carson
Position 2005–2006 2006–2007 2007–2008 2008–2009 2009–2010
1 Canada Kane Waselenchuk United States Jack Huczek United States Rocky Carson Canada Kane Waselenchuk Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2 United States Jack Huczek United States Jason Mannino United States Jack Huczek United States Rocky Carson United States Jack Huczek
3 United States Cliff Swain United States Rocky Carson Mexico Alvaro Beltran United States Jack Huczek United States Rocky Carson
4 Mexico Alvaro Beltran Mexico Alvaro Beltran United States Jason Mannino Mexico Alvaro Beltran United States Jason Mannino
5 United States Jason Mannino United States Shane Vanderson United States Shane Vanderson United States Jason Mannino United States Shane Vanderson
6 United States Rocky Carson United States Mitch Williams United States Mitch Williams United States Shane Vanderson United States Ben Croft
7 United States Shane Vanderson United States Ben Croft United States Ben Croft United States Mitch Williams United States Chris Crowther
8 United States Jason Thoerner United States Chris Crowther United States Chris Crowther United States Ben Croft United States Mitch Williams
9 United States Mitch Williams United States Jason Thoerner United States Jason Thoerner United States Chris Crowther United States Andy Hawthorne
10 United States Chris Crowther United States Andy Hawthorne Mexico Javier Moreno United States Andy Hawthorne United States Jose Rojas
Position 2000–2001 2001–2002 2002–2003 2003–2004 2004–2005
1 United States Sudsy Monchik United States Cliff Swain United States Jason Mannino Canada Kane Waselenchuk Canada Kane Waselenchuk
2 United States Cliff Swain United States Jason Mannino Canada Kane Waselenchuk United States Jack Huczek United States Jack Huczek
3 United States John Ellis United States John Ellis United States Cliff Swain United States Jason Mannino United States Cliff Swain
4 United States Jason Mannino Canada Kane Waselenchuk United States Jack Huczek United States Rocky Carson United States Jason Mannino
5 United States Rocky Carson United States Jack Huczek Mexico Alvaro Beltran Mexico Alvaro Beltran United States Rocky Carson
6 Mexico Alvaro Beltran Mexico Alvaro Beltran United States Rocky Carson United States Cliff Swain Mexico Alvaro Beltran
7 United States Derek Robinson United States Rocky Carson United States John Ellis United States Derek Robinson United States Shane Vanderson
8 United States Tim Doyle United States Derek Robinson United States Sudsy Monchik Canada Mike Green United States Mike Guidry
9 United States Mike Guidry United States Tim Doyle United States Derek Robinson United States Sudsy Monchik United States Derek Robinson
10 United States Dan Fowler United States Mike Guidry United States Mike Guidry United States Shane Vanderson United States Josh Tucker
Position 1995-1996 1996-1997 1997-1998 1998-1999 1999-2000
1 United States Sudsy Monchik United States Sudsy Monchik United States Cliff Swain United States Sudsy Monchik United States Sudsy Monchik
2 United States Cliff Swain United States Cliff Swain United States Sudsy Monchik United States Cliff Swain United States Cliff Swain
3 United States Andy Roberts United States Andy Roberts United States John Ellis United States John Ellis United States John Ellis
4 United States Mike Ray United States Jason Mannino United States Andy Roberts United States Jason Mannino United States Jason Mannino
5 United States John Ellis United States John Ellis United States Jason Mannino United States Mike Guidry United States Tim Doyle
6 United States Mike Guidry United States Mike Guidry United States Dan Fowler United States Mike Guidry United States Tim Doyle
7 United States Jason Mannino United States Mike Ray United States Mike Guidry United States Derek Robinson United States Rocky Carson
8 United States Drew Kachtik United States Drew Kachtik United States Mike Ray United States Adam Karp United States Adam Karp
9 United States Tony Jelso United States Woody Clouse United States Kelly Gelhaus United States Andy Roberts United States Derek Robinson
10 United States Dan Fowler United States Dan Fowler United States Adam Karp United States Dan Fowler United States Dan Fowler
Position 1990–1991 1991–1992 1992–1993 1993–1994 1994–1995
1 United States Mike Ray United States Drew Kachtik United States Cliff Swain United States Cliff Swain United States Cliff Swain
2 United States Tim Doyle United States Andy Roberts United States Andy Roberts United States Tim Doyle United States Andy Roberts
3 United States Andy Roberts United States Tim Doyle United States Mike Ray United States Andy Roberts United States Tim Doyle
4 United States Dan Obremski United States Mike Yellen United States Ruben Gonzalez United States Drew Kachtik United States Mike Guidry
5 United States Drew Kachtik United States Mike Ray United States Drew Kachtik United States Mike Guidry United States Drew Kachtik
6 United States Egan Inoue United States Dan Obremski United States Tim Doyle United States Mike Ray United States Mike Ray
7 United States Ruben Gonzalez United States Jack Newman United States Bret Harnett United States Ruben Gonzalez United States Aaron Katz
8 United States Mike Yellen United States Ruben Gonzalez United States Dave Johnson United States Jack Newman United States Sudsy Monchik
9 United States Marty Hogan United States Dave Johnson United States Jack Newman United States John Ellis United States John Ellis
10 United States Brian Hawkes United States Brian Hawkes United States Mike Guidry United States Woody Clouse United States Woody Clouse
Position 1985–1986 1986–1987 1987–1988 1988–1989 1989–1990
1 United States Mike Yellen United States Mike Yellen United States Ruben Gonzalez United States Marty Hogan United States Cliff Swain
2 United States Brett Harnett United States Brett Harnett United States Brett Harnett United States Ruben Gonzalez United States Mike Ray
3 United States Marty Hogan United States Marty Hogan United States Cliff Swain United States Brett Harnett
4 United States Gregg Peck United States Ed Andrews United States Egan Inoue United States Cliff Swain
5 United States Cliff Swain United States Egan Inoue United States Ed Andrews United States Mike Ray
6 United States Mike Ray United States Cliff Swain United States Marty Hogan United States Mike Yellen
7 United States Dave Peck United States Ruben Gonzalez United States Mike Yellen United States Egan Inoue
8 United States Ruben Gonzalez United States Steve Lerner United States Gregg Peck United States Doug Johnson
9 United States Ed Andrews United States Gregg Peck United States Gerry Price United States Jack Newman / Corey Brysman / Dan Obremski
10 United States Scott Oliver United States Gerry Price United States Mike Ray
Position 1981–1982 1982–1983 1983–1984 1984–1985
1 United States Dave Peck United States Mike Yellen United States Mike Yellen United States Mike Yellen
2 United States Marty Hogan United States Marty Hogan United States Marty Hogan United States Marty Hogan
3 United States Jerry Hilecher _ United States Brett Harnett United States Gregg Peck
4 United States Brett Harnett United States Jerry Hilecher
5 United States Mike Yellen United States Cliff Swain
6 United States Rich Wagner United States Ruben Gonzalez
7 United States Craig McCoy United States Brett Harnett
8 United States Don Thomas United States Gerry Price / Steve Oliver / Dave Peck
9 United States Gregg Peck
10 United States John Egerman

Most seasons in top 10[edit]

[16]

Player Years in Top 10
1. United States Cliff Swain 20
2. United States Rocky Carson 19
3. Mexico Alvaro Beltran 16
4. Canada Kane Waselenchuk 15
4. United States Jason Mannino 15
6. United States Mike Ray 12
7. United States Mike Guidry 11
8. United States Shane Vanderson 10
8. United States Mike Yellen 10
8. United States John Ellis 10
8. United States Jack Huczek 10

Year-end number 1[edit]

Years ended No. 1
1. Kane Waselenchuk 12
2. Cliff Swain 6
3. Sudsy Monchik 5
3. Mike Yellen 5
5. Rocky Carson 2
6. Ruben Gonzalez 1
6. Marty Hogan 1
6. Jack Huczek 1
6. Drew Katchtik 1
6. Jason Mannino 1
6. Dave Peck 1
6. Mike Ray 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.proracquetballstats.com/irt/tour_name.html
  2. ^ "E.J. Promotions Inc. Purchases IRT and IRT Network". IRT Tour. IRT. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
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  7. ^ "Home". irt-tour.com. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  8. ^ "MWRA Season IRT Pro-AM". www.r2sports.com. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  9. ^ "2018 UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Racquetball Championship - IRT Singles". www.r2sports.com. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions". www.r2sports.com. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  11. ^ "2019 California Open". www.r2sports.com. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
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  14. ^ "Home". irt-tour.com. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  15. ^ "2015-2016 IRT Rankings". irt-tour.com. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  16. ^ http://www.proracquetballstats.com/cgi-bin/print_results_new.pl?tour=IRT&query=all_top_ten_matrix

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