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What did it take for a former top pro, national, world and Pan American champion to dust off his racquet and dig out directions to the local club? “A Tier 1 tournament,” joked Tournament Director John Ellis, referring to Adam Karp, IRT VP of Event Development who competed on the pro tour with Ellis. “For Adam, me, and some of the others, we’re coming back to what we enjoyed before even as we’re working to pull it off again.”
The exclusive “Club” of Tier 1 Champions
The racquetball community was buzzing about the Tier 1 victories of Ben Croft and Jose Rojas. Just how exclusive is the “Club” of Tier 1 winners? According to the Todd Boss IRT Historical Data Archive, it is a very exclusive club. We dug deeply into the files, noting who’s in and with how many wins plus a bit about what the numbers missed.
Combating Nagging Arm Issues
If you play racquetball then you most likely play or have played racquetball with some form of arm pain. Problems as basic as soreness, to injuries as serious as torn rotators, are unfortunate parts of the game we love so much. In a perfect world, our mechanics would be flawless so we wouldn’t run into arm problems. But the chances of that are about as slim as Kane losing in straight games in the first round of a satellite event.
Jose Rojas Joins Elite Tier 1 “Club”
The second half of the season served up highs and lows for the men’s pro tour as a reoccurring back injury forced #1-ranked Kane Waselenchuk out of several tier one tournaments even as the racquetball world buzzed about two new champions who stepped up to claim the top purse. Kane charged back onto the court in March, but by then #4 Jose Rojas had won his first tier one title just three weeks after Ben Croft
had joined the exclusive list of pros who earned entry into “the club.”
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Illness and how it Affects Performance
Rocky Carson gets sinus infections every month or two. Kane Waselenchuk had vertigo and played with a back injury. Paola Longoria and Jason Mannino each have had a very bad case of the flu. No one is exempt from unfortunate timing in getting sick. The key is to understand what happens to your body, what you can do to cope, and how you might possibly perform at your best.
St. Louis Party with the Pros: Results!
Waselenchuk defeated Carson 1, 8, 5 to take the championship. For the first time since Kane returned from his injury, Rocky and Kane once again traveled their usual fateful path to meet in the finals. And once again it seemed like the result was predetermined to be the same. Kane was warming up for the finals about one hour and fifteen minutes before the match even started. It showed from the start. All of Kane’s serves had seemingly impossible amounts of pop and velocity to them. Rocky didn’t seem ready to handle them as Kane earned several points of aces early. Despite a few good shots from Rocky, the first game was all Kane…