Opening Up

Opening Up

Opening Up

It looks like we are getting back to playing racquetball!. We, the IRT, along with the LPRT, have a tournament in Denver, CO, May 20-23. In addition to the pro men’s and women’s singles, we are excited to have the rarely seen pro mixed doubles. The last time we had it in Syosset, the players and fans all had a great time. I’m sure there will be some exciting teams in the Mixed.

Following that, USA Racquetball recently announced the 2021 National Championships Festival in St. Louis, MO, June 3-12. This festival will encompass singles, doubles, and juniors all in one massive event.

And, for our slightly older players – don’t forget National Masters tournaments (NMRA), one in St. Louis in early May and then another in Chicago in June.

So what can you do to help racquetball? Play in a tournament, or better yet, play in several!

We, the racquetball players, need to come back to the sport – to competitions, to clubs, to getting on the courts and playing. We hope you have or will soon have the opportunity to do so where you live.

With respect to the IRT, the goal remains to have eight tournaments in 2021. We had one in Atlanta; then there’s Denver. The UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Racquetball Championships, the John Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions, and the 36.5 Annual KWM Gutterman (Fall) Shamrock Shootout have set dates (see EVENTS page for schedule). We are working on setting dates for the other events. Scheduling is challenging as we work in conjunction with the International Racquetball Federation (IRF), 3WalBalll, and local events now compressed more tightly than usual. But, hey, that’s a better problem than having the world shut down.

So come back and play. Watch the pro matches stream. Play tournaments, play indoor, play outdoor, just play.

Mike Grisz

1 Comment

  • David Stob, March 2, 2021 @ 12:21 pm Reply

    It’s nice to see hope for change! I look forward to watching these events. Once I can get vaccinated, I’ll be actively seeking events to participate in. Good luck to all.

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