Friday, January 24, 2014

IRT - 36th Lewis Pro-Am Preview

The 36th Annual Lewis Pro-Am is a Tier 1 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) event for the first time, and although there's a small draw, players are clearly happy to be there. Also, the tournament features a small doubles competition, which will have IRT President and former #1 player Jason Mannino competing for the first time in a few years. He's teamed up with the current IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk, and they are seeded 3rd in the draw.

In the singles draw, there are a few good match ups early on, including Jansen Allen and Andy Hawthorne, Marco Rojas and Alejandro Landa and Tony Carson - making his return to the tour after missing some events do to injury - versus Charlie Pratt. Also, Japanese veteran, Hiroshi Shimizu, who almost knocked off Alvaro Beltran at the California Open, will likely play Chris Crowther in the Round of 16.

The tournament will have the first singles round (Round of 32) on Friday morning wit the Round of 16 on Friday afternoon. The quarter finals and semi-finals will both be on Saturday and the final on Sunday.

This is the format that is used by the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), and our understanding is that some players favour that formatting rather than all the qualifying on Thursday night, when a player can play two or three times almost back to back and then have to play again at 10 AM Friday morning. That's a tough schedule for anyone.

The IRT Network will carry the action live over the web beginning Friday morning at 11:45 AM CST.

2014 Lewis Pro-Am 36th Annual
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Preliminary Round 1

Q8: Lee Meinerz v. Tyler Thielen
Q1: Andy Hawthorne

Q4: Hiroshi Shimizu v. Matt Greenway
Q5: Lee Connell v. Joel Cassens

Q6: Derek Izzi v. Mike Guidry
Q3: Charlie Pratt

Q2: Alejandro Landa
Q7: Tanner Gross v. Tim Landeryou

Main Draw of 16
(with seeding)

1 Kane Waselenchuk v. Q8
8 Jansen Allen v. Andy Hawthorne

5 Chris Crowther v. Q4
4 Jose Rojas v. Q5

3 Alvaro Beltran v. Q6
6 Tony Carson v. Charlie Pratt

7 Marco Rojas v. Alejandro Landa
2 Rocky Carson v. Q7

Pro Doubles

1 Rocky Carson & Jose Rojas - BYE
4 Jansen Allen & Tony Carson v. 5 Alejandro Landa & Charlie Pratt

3 Jason Mannino & Kane Waselenchuk v. 6 Lee Connell & Tim Landeryou
2 Alvaro Beltran & Chris Crowther - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

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