Sunday, October 9, 2016

Rojas & Rojas are 2016 UnitedHealthcare US Open IRT Doubles Champions

Brothers Jose and Marco Rojas are the 2016 UnitedHealthcare US Open International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Men's Doubles Champions, as they defeated Daniel De La Rosa and Edson Martinez, 15-10, 15-5, Saturday at the Life Time Athletic Target Center club in Minneapolis.

After the win the brothers agreed they were on "Cloud 9." Jose said "it's indescribable really," and Marco was "lost to words. The moment still hasn't hit yet."

They also both felt they took a "leap of faith" last year, as they left partners that they had been successful with. Jose was playing with Jansen Allen, and together that pair won the 2015 Pan American Games Men's Doubles gold medal, while Marco played with Jose Diaz.

After those break ups, the brothers lost in the semi-finals last year, and Marco saw Diaz get to the US Open final with Jake Bredenbeck, and then win the US Team Championship that earned that pair a spot on Team USA for the World Championships last summer.

But the brothers wanted to win together, and said it was extra special to win with each other. Jose said, "being able to do it with my man here: wow!" He added "we wanted to do it [play together] for our father, who's the whole reason why we play racquetball." Mr. Rojas was courtside for all of his sons games in Minneapolis, including their championship victory.

The US Open is a long tournament, and Jose admitted to feeling "beat up," but he's beat up as a US Open Champion, so recovering from the tournament will be that much easier.

2016 United Healthcare US Open
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 5-9, 2016

IRT Men’s Doubles - Final - Saturday

Jose Rojas & Marco Rojas d. Daniel De La Rosa & Edson Martinez, 15-10, 15-5

Follow the bouncing ball….

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