Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Waselenchuk to skip Canadian Classic

The Racquetball Blog has heard that Kane Waselenchuk will not be at the Canadian Racquetball Classic - a Tier I event on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) - this weekend in Edmonton, Alberta. No reason has been given for his absence.

This news contradicts what Waselenchuk said in an interview on following his victory on Sunday against Alvaro Beltran at the Kentucky Open. There Waselenchuk indicated he would play in Edmonton - his hometown, and was "excited" to be going home to play in front of friends and family.

Waselenchuk has started the 2008-09 IRT season with three straight tournament victories and a 17 match winning streak. But that streak will stop - or at least be interrupted - this weekend making his goal to "win every tournament" this season unfulfilled.

Edmonton is Waselenchuk's hometown, so the Canadian Classic would have been a rare chance to play in front of his hometown fans. However, Edmonton was also the site of Waselenchuk's greatest misfortune, as he had a positive drug test there at the 2006 Canadian National Championships, which led to a 2 year ban from racquetball competition.

He's only returned to IRT competition last month, making his success this season all the more remarkable.

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