The ProKennex Tournament of Champions returns to Portland, Oregon May 14-17. Portland, located in the heart of the Northwest in a storied racquetball city. The thriving racquetball community enthusiastically and passionately supports its sport. One club stands above the rest in the middle of this epicenter: the Multnomah Athletic Club. “The Mac” as it’s known to Oregonians, will host the top-8 players in the world, the best amateur players in the region, juniors, and international athletes converge in a tournament that can be traced back to the invention of the sport.
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Fresno, CA will join Lombard, IL and San Marcos, TX as the third former satellite location to transition to Tier 1 status, and now closes the men’s professional International Racquetball Tour 2014-2015 season with the Fresno IRT Summer Kickoff at the Sierra Athletic Club May 28-31, 2015. When asked why the change to tier 1, “My main reason is for the people of the club (they love watching the pros and the excitement of awesome play) and for the pros to have another Tier 1,” said Nancy Feramisco, Tournament Director.
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#2-ranked Kane Waselenchuk defeated top ranked Rocky Carson 11-4, 11 to -1, 11-3 to win the Krowning Moment Pro Invitational Internacional title at the University of Texas–Pan American in Edinburg. With this win Kane swept both Texas Krowning Moment tournaments this season.
Relive the Krowning Moment Pro Invitational Internacional by watching the Kane Waselenchuk vs. Marco Rojas quarterfinal match on the IRT’s YouTube Channel
Despite a dominant performance by Kane Waselenchuk at the Krowning Moment Pro Invitational Internacional last weekend when he conceded zero games and less than 10 points per match, “The Champ” remains at #2 on the May 4, 2015 IRT rankings. Current world #1 Rocky Carson played solidly earlier in the week and delivered a mixed performance in the final (losing game two -1 to 11), yet improved upon his semifinal finish at the 2014 Ektelon Battle of the Ages in Stockton, CA last season to extend his 2-point advantage to 78 points over Waselenchuk.
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Sudsy Monchik to be Inducted into USAR HOF
Retired professional racquetball player SudsyMonchik unfortunately will not be able to attend the 2015 Hall of Fame and Annual Awards Celebration on May 23 in Denver, CO. “I am very disappointed that I can’t make it to Colorado this year for the ceremony,”Monchik said. Doug Ganim will accept the honor on Monchik’s behalf and an acceptance video will be played during the ceremony.
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