Sunday, October 11, 2015

Croft & Waselenchuk win IRT doubles at 2015 US Open

Ben Croft and Kane Waselenchuk successfully defended their International Racquetball Tour (IRT) US Open doubles title at the 2015 United Healthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis by defeating Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz, 15-0, 15-5.

Waselenchuk did most of the work in the match, as Croft isn't fully match fit a few months after shoulder surgery. But Waselenchuk "knew it was important" to his partner to defend their title, adding "I wasn't going to play with anybody else."

Because of that Croft said it was "the best racquetball performance of any single player in doubles history. I've never seen anything like what Kane did [in the final]."

Doug Ganim, a former elite doubles player himself and US Open tournament director concurred, saying "I've seen all the greats, and I've never seen anything like that," referring to Waselenchuk's performances in winning the title.

Earlier in the tournament, when it looked like Croft wasn't 100%, Waselenchuk said to Ganim "don't be mad when I win this two on one," which is not far from the truth of what he did.

Regarding whether he'll play in upcoming IRT events, Croft said "I don't know where I'm at," so he didn't feel he was in a position to make any judgment about what he's going to for the upcoming events.

2015 United Healthcare US Open - IRT Draw
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 7-11, 2015

Final - Saturday

1) Ben Croft & Kane Waselenchuk d. Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz, 15-0, 15-5

Follow the bouncing ball….

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