Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Temperature Controls New York City Pro-Am Preview

Pro racquetball is back! We can say that the new year really begins this weekend with the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) 2015 Temperature Controls New York City Pro-Am. There are fewer players that in past years, as there will be only one round of qualifying on Thursday, when often there have been three rounds in past years.

Also of note, Rocky Carson is the top seed in New York, as Kane Waselenchuk is #2 after missing three of the last four events and had to default in the quarterfinals of the fourth. Waselenchuk has not had the best luck in New York, as he's lost there more than in any other tour location. But of his five losses there four have been by default. Only Mike Guidry defeated Waselenchuk in a completed match in New York.

Hopefully, Waselenchuk's completely fit for this weekend. If so, then he should be the player to beat.

Matches to look forward to this weekend - apart from any involving Waselenchuk - should include Charlie Pratt versus Marco Rojas, who will likely meet in the Round of 16.

Daniel De La Rosa's performances will also be of interest, as he won the last IRT event: the New Jersey Open in December. De La Rosa is on course to meet Jose Rojas in the quarterfinals, and with a win there could meet Rocky Carson in the semi-finals, which would be a repeat of their New Jersey Open semi.

The IRT Network will carry the action live over the web from Friday at 10 AM EST.

2015 Temperature Controls New York City Pro-Am - Syosset, New York

Preliminary Round

Q8: Samuel Murray v. Joseph Palazzo
Q1: Marco Rojas v. Tom Keogh

Q4: Matthew Majxner v. John Behm
Q5: Tim Landeryou v. Mitch Posner

Q6: Robert Collins v. Abraham Cardenas
Q3: Jose Diaz v. Jose Flores Jr.

Q2: Danny Lavely v. Alejandro Romo Garcia
Q7: Mauricio Zelada v. Jonathan Clay

Main Draw of 16
(with seeding)

1 Rocky Carson v. Q8
8 Charlie Pratt v. Q1

5 Daniel De La Rosa v. Q4
4 Jose Rojas v. Q5

3 Alvaro Beltran v. Q6
6 Ben Croft v. Q3

7 Jansen Allen v. Q2
2 Kane Waselenchuk v. Q7

Follow the bouncing ball….

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