2017 US OPEN Racquetball Championships Recap

Defending Champions Reign Supreme
For the sixth consecutive year, the UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Racquetball Championships Women’s & Men’s Professional Singles titles were successfully by Paola Longoria (Mexico) and Kane Waselenchuk (Canada). The last time the duo did not win the US OPEN in the same year was in 2010, the tournament’s first year in Minneapolis.

Paola Longoria Wins Eighth US OPEN Title
Longoria continued her dominance of the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) by defeating Frédérique Lambert (Canada) in the US OPEN Women’s Professional Singles Final 11-1, 11-4, 2-11 & 11-3. The appearance in the final for Paola was her 10th consecutive and the win was her seventh consecutive US OPEN Championship. Lambert’s appearance in the US OPEN Final was her first.

Kane Waselenchuk Wins 13th US OPEN Title
For the 13th time in the last 15 years, Waselenchuk is again the US OPEN Men’s Professional Singles Champion. In the 2017 Final, Kane defeated Rocky Carson (USA – California) 11-6, 11-4, 8-11 & 11-4. The match-up between the top two players on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) was the 73rd time they have met during their professional careers – an all-time professional racquetball record.

Thrilling Pro Doubles Action Highlights Saturday Night
In one of the most epic professional doubles matches ever seen, Kane Waselenchuk and Ben Croft (USA) needed a tiebreaker to defeat Alvaro Beltran (Mexico) and Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) 15-10, 10-15 & 11-7. The match featured several multiple dive and behind the back shot rallies before a packed house of fans surrounding the All-Glass Stadium Court at the Target Center in Downtown Minneapolis. The Professional Doubles divisions were introduced to the US OPEN in 2014 and Kane and Ben have won the Men’s Division each year.

Paola Longoria and Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) defeated Cristina Amaya (Colombia) and Adriana Riveros (Colombia) 15-5, 15-8 in the Women’s Professional Doubles Final. Longoria has also won the Professional Doubles division each year since 2014, although with three different partners.

A Legend Returns to the Court
Four-time US OPEN Champion Sudsy Monchik (USA – New York) last played in the sport’s largest Grand Slam event in 2006. This year at the age of 42, he made quite the triumphant return to the US OPEN. Not only did he make it through the tough Qualifier Draw, he kept his winning streak going and reached the Men’s Professional Singles Quarterfinals before falling to Alvaro Beltran.

Remember This Name:
Natalia Mendez – At just the age of 20 and just over a year spent on the professional circuit, the Argentinean made the US OPEN Women’s Professional Singles Semifinals. Natalie already holds a Top 8 ranking on the LPRT and looks like a force to be reckoned with for many years to come. Will it be Mendez who finally dethrones Longoria?

Upsets of the Tournament:
As an unseeded qualifier, Sudsy Monchik defeated the No. 5 seed Jansen Allen (USA – Texas) in the Men’s Professional Singles Round of 16.

In the Women’s Professional Singles draw, qualifier Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) upended No. 8 seed Susana Acosta (Mexico) in the Round of 32.

By the Numbers:
726 – Number of players competing in the 2017 UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Racquetball Championships.

15 – Countries represented at this year’s US OPEN (ARG, BOL, CAN, COL, CRI, ECU, GBR, GUA, JPN, KOR, MEX, PAK, PER, USA & VEN).

1,247 – Matches played among the three LIFE TIME clubs and University of Minnesota this week.

The Amateurs Came to Play Too!
Nearly 750 players came to Minneapolis to play in more than 80 age and skill divisions.

Winners of the top amateur divisions:

Men’s Open Singles:
Dylan Reid (USA – Oregon) def. Mario Mercado (Colombia) 4-15, 15-11 & 11-8

Women’s Open Singles:
Jenny Daza Navia (Bolivia) def. Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) 15-2, 15-14

Men’s Open Doubles:
Jose Diaz (USA – California) & Harold Jogoda (USA – California) def. Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) & Roland Keller (Bolivia) Won by Forfeit

Women’s Open Doubles:
Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica) & Melania Sauma (USA – Arizona) Won Round Robin Division

Mixed Open Doubles:
Francisco Troncoso (USA – California) & Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) Won Round Robin Division

Racquetball’s Premier Grand Slam Event

See all of the top players in the world from the IRT and LPRT compete for the largest total prize money purse in the sport. Experience the thrill of dramatic player introductions featuring boom-ing music and laser light shows. Stroll through the UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Players Village and see what’s new from the world’s top
racquetball manufacturers.

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MADE-FOR-TV PORTABLE STADIUM RACQUETBALL COURT

One of the most exciting aspects of the UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Racquetball Championships is that the stunning “made-for-TV” portable racquetball court will be used for all feature matches! The unique construction of the court allows stadium seating for more than 1,200 in addition to courtside luxury boxes for sponsors and VIPs. Dramatic player introductions complete with laser light shows and booming music will treat racquetball fans to a total entertainment experience. The crystal clear acrylic walls will make you feel like you are in the court with the players!