Mitch Williams Announces Retirement
[CHICAGO] – Top-ranked International Racquetball Tour (IRT) pro, Mitch Williams, has announced his retirement from professional racquetball. Mitch was clearly having the best year of his professional career when he suffered a devastating shoulder injury in the quarterfinals at the 2010 US Open Racquetball Championships in the first half of the 2010-2011 IRT season. After months of trying to rehab his dislocated shoulder he felt it was time to end his career and focus on the next chapter of his life.
“Mitch has been a tremendous asset to the Wilson brand,” said Terri Graham, Business Director Indoor Racquet Sports. “Though it saddens me to hear this news, I am excited for his future in the pharmaceutical world and his upcoming wedding this summer. Mitch should remember all the great things he did accomplish and that the Wilson team will always support him.”
Mitch is a two time US Racquetball Association National Doubles Champion (2007, 2010) and won the amateur US Racquetball Association National Championship in 2007. He has been playing in the top 8 on the IRT for the past 5 years and with his aggressive style of play he was one of the most dynamic players on the court to watch. Mitch will stay involved with Wilson racquetball by conducting clinics and playing a limited schedule of amateur and satellite events once his shoulder is healed.
“I am very proud of my relationship with Wilson,” Mitch said after announcing the news. “Wilson provided me the opportunity to travel around the country and play this great game. I have met some great people in racquetball who will be in my life forever.”
Wilson Racquet Sports is a division of Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sports equipment and owned by Amer Sports. Wilson designs, manufactures and distributes sporting goods throughout the world and focuses on making technologically advanced products which help players of all levels perform better. Wilson’s core sport categories include: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Soccer, Youth Sports, Uniforms/Apparel, Golf, Footwear and Racquet Sports (Tennis, Racquetball, Squash, Badminton and Platform Tennis).
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