Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy 40th Birthday Tim Doyle!

Twenty years ago you won the first of two consecutive US Nationals titles (1989 & 1990). That led to three appearances with Team USA: twice at the Tournament of the Americas (now Pan American Championships) in 1990 and 1991, when you won gold in Santiago, Chile and in the 1990 IRF World Championships in Caracas, Venezuela, where you came second to fellow American Egan Inoue.

On the pro tour, you won five titles and were runner up 13 times. You were in the season ending top 6 five straight seasons from 1990-91 to 1994-95, including twice at #2 (in 1990-91 behind Mike Ray & 1993-94 behind Cliff Swain) and twice at #3.

Then after two seasons when you played fewer than half the events, you returned to the tour full time in 1998-99 and finished with a 23-13 match record and at #6 at season's end. You followed that with three more top 10 seasons.

You last played on the pro tour in 2002-03, but now that you're 40 maybe you could pick up your racquet again and play on the Classic Professional Racquetball Tour (CPRT).

All in all, you had a fine career, and we wish you a happy 40th birthday.

Follow the bouncing ball....

*Note - pro record from Boss Consulting, which notes that records are incomplete from the early 1990s, when Doyle was in his prime so he may have won more tournaments than listed above.

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