Friday, January 17, 2020

More upsets than not in Round of 32 at 2020 IRT Longhorn Open

No fewer than five (5!) upsets in the Round of 32 at the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2020 Longhorn Open in Austin, Texas, so there will be some different faces in the Round of 16 Friday night. Perhaps equally amazing is that none of the upsets were tie-breakers. The only breaker of the 32s was a win by 11th seed Mario Mercado over Alejandro Amada, 7-15, 15-11, 11-6. Mercado will play Eduardo Portillo in the 16s tonight.

The biggest upset was Alan Natera taking out 9th seed Jake Bredenbeck, 15-12, 15-8. Natera will play 8th seed Conrrado Moscoso in the Round of 16. The 10th seed Sebastian Franco lost to Javier Estrada, 15-13, 15-7, so Estrada will play 7th seed Daniel De La Rosa next.

Seeds 13, 14 and 15 also went out. Javier Mar defeated 13th seed Carlos Keller, 15-13, 15-10. Adam Manilla got a forfeit victory against 14th seed Gerardo Franco, and Eduardo Garay took out 15th seed Thomas Carter, 15-12, 15-11. In the Round of 16, Mar will play 4th seed Alvaro Beltran, Manilla plays 3rd seed Andree Parrilla, and Garay will be up against 2nd seed Alejandro Landa.

Also, 12th seed David Horn defeated Shai Manzuri, 15-13, 15-4, and will play 5th seed Samuel Murray in the 16s. Finally, 16th seed Andres Acuña beat Robert Collins, 15-7, 15-9, and will play IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk in the Round of 16.

You can follow the Longhorn Open action via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The Round of 16 is Friday at 7:35 and 8:35 PM. On Saturday, the quarterfinals begin at 9:45 AM with the semi-finals at 7:35 and 8:35 PM, and the final at noon Sunday. All times Central.

2020 IRT Longhorn Open, January 16-19, 2020
Austin, Texas


Round of 32 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk - BYE
16) Andres Acuña d. Robert Collins, 15-7, 15-9

Alan Natera d. 9) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-12, 15-8
8) Conrrado Moscoso - BYE

5) Samuel Murray - BYE
12) David Horn d. Shai Manzuri, 15-13, 15-4

Javier Mar d. 13) Carlos Keller, 15-13, 15-10
4) Alvaro Beltran - BYE

3) Andree Parrilla - BYE
Adam Manilla d. 14) Gerardo Franco, forfeit

11) Mario Mercado v. Alejandro Almada, 7-15, 15-11, 11-6
6) Eduardo Portillo - BYE

7) Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
Javier Estrada d. 10) Sebastian Franco, 15-13, 15-7

Eduardo Garay d. 15) Thomas Carter, 15-12, 15-11
2) Alejandro Landa - BYE

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 16) Andres Acuña - 8:35 PM
8) Conrrado Moscoso v. Alan Natera - 8:35 PM

5) Samuel Murray v. 12) David Horn - 8:35 PM
4) Alvaro Beltran v. Javier Mar - 8:35 PM

3) Andree Parrilla v. Adam Manilla - 7:35 PM
6) Eduardo Portillo d. 11) Mario Mercado - 7:35 PM

7) Daniel De La Rosa v. Javier Estrada - 7:35 PM
2) Alejandro Landa v. Eduardo Garay - 7:35 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

Round of 64 results from 2020 IRT Longhorn Open

Only one tie-breaker in the 2nd round of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2020 Longhorn Open in Austin, Texas, and it was an odd match, with Adam Manilla coming back from a game down to defeat Miguel Arteaga Guzman, 13-15, 15-0, 11-5. Manilla will play 14th seed Gerardo Franco in the Round of 32 later today, with the winner to face 3rd seed Andree Parrilla Saturday in the Round of 16.

In other action, Robert Collins beat Andrés Gómez, 15-7, 15-10, and will play Andres Acuña in the 32s. Javier Mar will play Carlos Keller in the 32s after defeating Juan Loreto, 15-7, 15-6, this morning.

Also, Eduardo Garay beat Erick Cuevas Fernandez, 15-1, 15-11, to set up a match with lefty Thomas Carter in the Round of 32, and Javier Estrada defeated Kadim Carrasco, 15-10, 15-13, so he’ll play Sebastian Franco this afternoon.

You can follow the Longhorn Open action via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The Round of 32 Friday at 1:55 PM and 3:05 PM, and Round of 16 at 7:35 and 8:35 PM. On Saturday, the quarterfinals begin at 9:45 AM with the semi-finals at 7:35 and 8:35 PM, and the final at noon Sunday. All times Central.

2020 IRT Longhorn Open, January 16-19, 2020
Austin, Texas


Round of 64 - Friday

Q1 - Robert Collins d. Andrés Gómez, 15-7, 15-10
Q8 - Alan Natera d. Set Cubillos, 15-4, 15-2

Q5 - Shai Manzuri d. Jose Diaz, forfeit
Q4 - Javier Mar d. Juan Loreto, 15-7, 15-6

Q3 - Adam Manilla d. Miguel Arteaga Guzman, 13-15, 15-0, 11-5
Q6 - Alejandro Almada d. Felipe Camacho, forfeit

Q7 - Javier Estrada d. Kadim Carrasco, 15-10, 15-13
Q2 - Eduardo Garay d. Erick Cuevas Fernandez, 15-1, 15-11

Round of 32 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk - BYE
16) Andres Acuña v. Robert Collins - 3:05 PM

9) Jake Bredenbeck v. Alan Natera - 3:05 PM
8) Conrrado Moscoso - BYE

5) Samuel Murray - BYE
12) David Horn v. Shai Manzuri - 3:05 PM

13) Carlos Keller v. Javier Mar - 3:05 PM
4) Alvaro Beltran - BYE

3) Andree Parrilla - BYE
14) Gerardo Franco v. Adam Manilla - 1:55 PM

11) Mario Mercado v. Alejandro Almada - 1:55 PM
6) Eduardo Portillo - BYE

7) Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
10) Sebastian Franco v. Javier Estrada - 1:55 PM

15) Thomas Carter v. Eduardo Garay - 1:55 PM
2) Alejandro Landa - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

More wins without playing than with at 2020 IRT Longhorn Open

The first round of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2020 Longhorn Open began Thursday in Austin, Texas. But it began with a whimper, as there were more matches defaulted than actually played. Moreover, there are two matches on Friday that have already been defaulted. It’s not a good start to 2020 for the IRT, although hard to fault the tournament officials for this.

A few matches did get played, and there was one tie-breaker. Alejandro Almada was an upset winner over Scott McClellan, 15-12, 6-15, 11-9. Veteran Shai Manzuri got the better of Justus Benson, 15-10, 15-8, which was also an upset by the rankings, but Manzuri is definitely in that wily veteran category with numerous caps playing for Argentina at international events, so his victory isn't a real surprise. Finally, Bolivian Kadim Carrasco got the better of Mexican Edson Martinez, 15-5, 15-11.

But Jose Diaz, Felipe Camacho, Alejandro Cardona, Christian Longoria, Ernesto Ochoa and Jordy Alonso all defaulted their matches, and the tournament is worse off without them.

You can follow the Longhorn Open action via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. The Round of 64 begins Friday morning at 9:45 AM with the Round of 32 Friday at 1:55 PM and 3:05 PM, and Round of 16 at 7:35 and 8:35 PM. On Saturday, the quarterfinals begin at 9:45 AM with the semi-finals at 7:35 and 8:35 PM, and the final at noon Sunday. All times Central.

2020 IRT Longhorn Open, January 16-19, 2020
Austin, Texas


Round of 128 - Thursday

Robert Collins - BYE
Andrés Gómez d. Christian Longoria, forfeit

Set Cubillos - BYE
Alan Natera - BYE

Jose Diaz - BYE
Shai Manzuri d. Justus Benson, 15-10, 15-8

Juan Loreto d. Alejandro Cardona, forfeit
Javier Mar - BYE

Adam Manilla - BYE
Miguel Guzman d. Ernesto Ochoa, forfeit

Alejandro Almada d. Scott McClellan, 15-12, 6-15, 11-9
Felipe Camacho - BYE

Javier Estrada - BYE
Kadim Carrasco d. Edson Martinez, 15-5, 15-11

Erick Fernandez d. Jordy Alonso, forfeit
Eduardo Garay - BYE

Round of 64 - Friday

Q1 - Robert Collins v. Andrés Gómez - 10:35 AM
Q8 - Alan Natera v. Set Cubillos - 10:35 AM

Q5 - Shai Manzuri d. Jose Diaz, forfeit
Q4 - Javier Mar v. Juan Loreto - 10:35 AM

Q3 - Adam Manilla v. Miguel Guzman - 9:45 AM
Q6 - Alejandro Almada d. Felipe Camacho, forfeit

Q7 - Javier Estrada v. Kadim Carrasco - 9:45 AM
Q2 - Eduardo Garay v. Erick Fernandez - 9:45 AM

Round of 32 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk - BYE
16) Andres Acuña v. Q1 - 3:05 PM

9) Jake Bredenbeck v. Q8 - 3:05 PM
8) Conrrado Moscoso - BYE

5) Samuel Murray - BYE
12) David Horn v. Shai Manzuri - 3:05 PM

13) Carlos Keller v. Q4 - 3:05 PM
4) Alvaro Beltran - BYE

3) Andree Parrilla - BYE
14) Gerardo Franco v. Q3 - 1:55 PM

11) Mario Mercado v. Alejandro Almada - 1:55 PM
6) Eduardo Portillo - BYE

7) Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
10) Sebastian Franco v. Q7 - 1:55 PM

15) Thomas Carter v. Q2 - 1:55 PM
2) Alejandro Landa - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….