Kane Waselenchuk, the record-holding pro racquetball 9-time #1 World Champion is leading the Men’s Professional Racquetball Tour back to Chicagoland for the weekend of March 12-15 at The Glass Court Swim & Fitness Club in west suburban Lombard, IL. This top-tier professional and amateur tournament features a sport that demands players jump and dive to match ball speeds reaching almost 200 mph inside an 800-square foot court as they vie for a prize purse of over $20,000. Top professional players will include IRT #5 Ben Croft — who hails from Lake Bluff and has relocated to California – as well as local players looking to break through and qualify for the main draw on Friday afternoon. These will include such local standouts as #58 Zach Archer, #62 Filip Vesely, and top amateurs like Juan Martinez III, Keith Minor, Geoff Goldblatt, Eugene Coyle, Juan Herrera, and others.
Professional qualifying will start on Thursday morning at The Glass Court Swim & Fitness, 830 East Roosevelt Road in Lombard, and is free to all spectators. All Men’s Professional quarterfinal, semifinal, and finals action will take place on the exhibition Glass Court itself (with three glass walls) and require either tournament participation or paid admission ($15/day or $25/weekend) for spectators.
Amateur play will begin Thursday night, and the draw will be limited to allow the event to run on schedule all weekend. The weekend will include a Sponsor Pro Doubles event on Thursday night (media day), a special Junior Clinic on Saturday morning featuring IRT Professional players, and a live DJ at the official Party with the Pros Saturday night in the Glass Court lounge. This competition is being jointly sponsored by the Illinois State Racquetball Association (ISRA), the IRT, and Glass Court, and it is being coordinated by Tournament Directors Doug Halverson and Geoff Peters.
All matches on the exhibition Glass Court will be live-streamed on the IRT Network all weekend. “We are excited to bring the top IRT players and local amateurs to The Glass Court where they will show why racquetball is the fastest, most athletic, and exciting racquet sport in the world. This event will be memorable and thrilling to the thousands of people that visit the club and/or watch online at www.IRTNetwork.com,” said IRT President Jason Mannino.
Media credentials are available through the contacts above or by attending a Press Conference, Thursday, March 12, at 3:00 pm CST, at The Glass Court featuring IRT #1 player Kane Waselenchuk, IRT President Jason Mannino, and the tournament directors.
“We’re hoping for a great turnout from all ISRA and regional players at this event,” commented Doug Halverson. “With $2,300 in total prize money in both the Men’s and Women’s Open as well as dropdown AA divisions, this is an opportunity for local players to see how they match up against some of the best players in the world. The Women’s prize money is the largest we have seen in the region in over five years, and we hope to draw players from all the surrounding states!”
Click on the tournament listing at www.illinoisracquetball.com to enter the competition. With an event of this magnitude, entries could be closed prior to the actual tournament deadline; players should enter early.
Contacts: Doug Halverson, email@example.com; Geoff Peters, firstname.lastname@example.org