Monday, September 11, 2017

Manilla wins 1st IRT Futures Division

A new feature of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) this season is the Futures Division. This is a second opportunity for up and coming players to win prize money, and possibly ranking points. The method for awarding the latter has not been finalized, so that’s not happening yet. Nonetheless, this is a nice addition to the IRT.

Andree Parrilla won the first IRT Futures division Sunday at the Phase IV Scientific Health and Performance Pro-Am in Canoga Park, California, where he defeated David Horn in the final, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9. In the semi-finals, Parrilla beat Adam Manilla, 11-3, 11-7, 11-7, while Horn had a forfeit win over Mario Mercado.

Manilla was the surprise of the division, as the young American left-hander defeated two IRT regulars en route to the semi-finals. In the Round of 16, Manilla beat another lefty in Robert Collins, 8-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-0, then in the quarterfinals, he came back from 2-1 down to upset Samuel Murray, 13-11, 4–11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7.

The next IRT event is the US Open, October 4-8 in Minneapolis, where they will also play singles and doubles. Then there will be three IRT events in November: the Creatix - Atlanta IRT Pro-Am, November 2-5 in Atlanta, the Party with the Pros in St. Louis, November 16-19, and finally the Portland Tournament of Champions in Portland, Oregon November 30-December 3.

2017 IRT Phase IV Scientific Health & Performance Pro-Am, September 7-10, 2017
Canoga Park, California


Final

2) Andree Parrilla d. 4) David Horn, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9

Semi-finals

4) David Horn d. 1) Mario Mercado, forfeit
2) Andree Parrilla d. 22) Adam Manilla, 11-3, 11-7, 11-7

Quarterfinals

1) Mario Mercado d. 9) Thomas Carter, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9
4) David Horn d. 5) Felipe Camacho, 9-11, 11-1, 11-3, 11-8

22) Adam Manilla d. 3) Samuel Murray, 13-11, 4–11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7
2) Andree Parrilla d. 26) Ramon De Leon, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10

Round of 16

1) Mario Mercado d. 16) Wayne Antone IV, 11-3, 11-0, 11-0
9) Thomas Carter d. 8) Andés Gómez, 11-7, 13-11, 11-2

5) Felipe Camacho d. 21) Miguel Rodriguez Jr., 11-2, 11-6, 11-1
4) David Horn d. 13) Luis Avila, 11-3, 12-10, 11-4

3) Samuel Murray d. 14) Sebastian Fernandez, 11-8, 11-6, 11-8
22) Adam Manilla d. 6) Robert Collins, 8-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-0

26) Ramon De Leon d. 10) Francisco Troncoso, 11-4, 5-11, 11-3, 3-11, 11-9
2) Andree Parrilla d. 15) Dane Elkins, 11-5, 11-4, 10-12, 11-6

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