Thursday, November 3, 2022

2022 IRT Dovetail Open - Round of 128 & 64 + Doubles R16

A new month brings a new International Racquetball Tour (IRT) event: The Dovetail Open begins today in Sarasota, Florida, where 38 players are in action, including IRT #1 Daniel De La Rosa. But the most in form player is IRT #2 Conrrado Moscoso, who arrives in Florida having won back to back IRT events, including the US Open.

That said, there have been five different winners from the seven IRT tournaments this year, so perhaps there will be another different winner this weekend. Moscoso’s wins were also on back to back weekends, so he could have captured lightning in a bottle for those two weeks, and it’s fair to ask is that lightning still in the bottle?

Overall, it’s a strong field of players, as 19 of the top 23 IRT players will compete this weekend, including IRT #3 Andree Parrilla and #4 Eduardo Portillo, who have both won IRT events this season, as has De La Rosa. Two absences are due to injury. Kane Waselenchuk confirmed what many suspected: he tore his Achilles tendon in September at the Capital Classic in Maryland, and Alvaro Beltran dislocated his left elbow and broke his arm last weekend at the 3WallBall Outdoor World Championships. So those veteran players will be out of action for some time.

In early action, two players won twice on Thursday to make Friday’s Round of 32. Christian Longoria - younger brother of Paola Longoria - held on to upset Alan Natera, 15-7, 11-15, 11-5. He’ll play Thomas Carter in the 32s with the winner to face Parrilla in the Round of 16.

Also, Rodrigo Mendoza beat Juan Salvatierra, 15-9, 8-15, 11-5, to claim the 6th qualifying spot, which puts him against Rodrigo Montoya in the 32s Friday morning. Samuel Murray - IRT #6 - will face the winner of Mendoza and Montoya in the 16s Friday afternoon.

In doubles, Murray and Parrilla are the top seeds, and they are coming off a win last month at the Golden State Open. Javier Mar and Montoya are the second seeds, with two new teams seeded 3rd and 4th.

De La Rosa usually plays with Beltran. Indeed, they are the current International Racquetball Federation World Champions, but with Beltran’s injury De La Rosa has teamed up with Kadim Carrasco, and they are the 3rd seeds.

Seeded 4th is the team of Alejandro Landa and Conrrado Moscoso, who are the two most recent IRF World Champions in Men’s Singles: Moscoso won the title this year and Landa last year.

Two other notable doubles teams are brothers Jake and Sam Bredenbeck, who are seeded 5th, and will take on Landa and Moscoso in the quarterfinals, and 6th seeds Rocky Carson and Eduardo Portillo, who have been a successful partnership. They could give give Carrasco and De La Rosa trouble in the quarters.

You can see the 2022 IRT Dovetail Open matches via the usual IRT media outlets: The IRT YouTube channel or the IRT Facebook page. Play has already begun with the Round of 128, and will continue Thursday afternoon with the Round of 64 at 4 and 5 PM. The Round of 32 will be Friday morning with the Round of 16 in the afternoon. The final will be Sunday at 11 AM. The doubles begins Thursday night with the Round of 16, then the quarterfinals will be Friday evening and the semi-finals Saturday afternoon, and final Sunday at noon. All times Eastern.

2022 IRT Dovetail Open, Novemer 3-6, 2022
Sarasota, Florida

Round of 128 - Thursday

Erick Trujillo - BYE
Diego Gastelum d. Carlos Ramirez, 15-11, 15-12

Rodrigo Rodriguez - BYE
Sam Bredenbeck - BYE

Erick Cuevas Fernandez - BYE
Marcelo Vargas d. Cole Sendrey, 15-7, 15-7

Alex Xamudio d. David Lopez Sosa Erikson, 15-9, 15-12
Jaime Martell - BYE

Alan Natera - BYE
Christian Longoria d. Alejandro Herrera, 15-10, 8-15, 11-4

Rodrigo Mendoza d. Lincoln Andres-Beck, 15-10, 15-10
Juan Salvatierra - BYE

Edwin Galicia - BYE
Jim Douglas - BYE

Esteban Reque d. Fabian Cuesta, 14-15, 15-7, 11-4
Kadim Carrasco - BYE

Round of 64 - Thursday

Q1 - Erick Trujillo d. Diego Gastelum, 15-3, 15-10
Q8 - Rodrigo Rodriguez d. Sam Bredenbeck, 15-12, 10-15, 11-5

Q5 - Erick Cuevas Fernandez d. Marcelo Vargas, 12-15, 15-12, 11-8
Q4 - Jaime Martell d. Alex Xamudio, 15-4, 15-6

Q3 - Christian Longoria d. Alan Natera, 15-7, 11-15, 11-5
Q6 - Rodrigo Mendoza d. Juan Salvatierra, 15-9, 8-15, 11-5

Q7 - Edwin Galicia d. Jim Douglas, 15-0, 15-2
Q2 - Kadim Carrasco d. Esteban Reque, 15-3, 15-4

Round of 32 - Friday

1) Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
16) Javier Mar v. Erick Trujillo - 11 AM

9) Mario Mercado v. Rodrigo Rodriguez - 11 AM
8) Jake Bredenbeck - BYE

5) Alejandro Landa - BYE
12) Andrés Acuña v. Erick Cuevas Fernandez - 11 AM

13) Sebastian Franco v. Jaime Martell - 11 AM
4) Eduardo Portillo - BYE

3) Andree Parrilla - BYE
14) Thomas Carter v. Christian Longoria - Noon

11) Rodrigo Montoya v. Rodrigo Mendoza - Noon
6) Samuel Murray - BYE

7) Rocky Carson - BYE
10) Adam Manilla v. Edwin Galicia - Noon

15) Eduardo Garay v. Kadim Carrasco - Noon
2) Conrrado Moscoso - BYE

Doubles - Round of 16 - Thursday

1) Samuel Murray & Andree Parrilla - BYE
8) Andrés Acuña & Alan Natera d. Adam Manilla & Erick Trujillo, 15-8, 15-6

5) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck d. 12) Erick Cuevas Fernandez & Carlos Ramirez, 15-6, 14-15, 11-4
4) Alejandro Landa & Conrrado Moscoso - BYE

3) Kadim Carrasco & Daniel De La Rosa - BYE
6) Rocky Carson & Eduardo Portillo d. 11) Edwin Galicia & Juan Salvatierra, 15-9, 15-7

7) Sebastian Franco & Eduardo Garay d. 10) Mario Mercado & Marcelo Vargas, 15-5, 15-6
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya - BYE

Doubles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Samuel Murray & Andree Parrilla v. 8) Andrés Acuña & Alan Natera - 6 PM
4) Alejandro Landa & Conrrado Moscoso v. 5) Jake Bredenbeck & Sam Bredenbeck - 6 PM

3) Kadim Carrasco & Daniel De La Rosa v. 6) Rocky Carson & Eduardo Portillo - 7 PM
2) Javier Mar & Rodrigo Montoya v. 7) Sebastian Franco & Eduardo Garay - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

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