Paola Longoria Experience
LPRT at the Beach
2022 USA Racquetball US Open
5th TeamRoot.Com Event Ends LPRT 2021-2022 Season
The 2022 TeamRoot.Com Super Max Slam showcased epic battles and upsets as the pros competed for
$60,000 in prize money. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas was LPRT’s stage for this
season-ending event, where Paola Longoria (MEX) clenched her 13 th season-ending, #1 title!
In singles action, Longoria edged out last year’s winner, Montse Mejia (MEX), in a tight, come-back final.
In doubles, the #1 seeds went out in a semifinal upset to Gaby Martinez (GUA) and Maria Renee
Rodriguez (GUA), but the Guatemalans lost a close final to unexpected pair Alexandra Herrera (MEX) and
Erika Manilla (USA).
Thank you to sponsor Randy Root of TeamRoot.com for supporting this event over the last 5 years!
Two Exciting Finals at 6th Sweet Caroline Open
The LPRT was invited back to Greenville, South Carolina in May for the 6th annual Sweet Caroline Open presented by Proactive MD. This unique event, which exudes southern hospitality, could really be a blueprint for other groups interested in hosting the pro tour. The SCO group of volunteers fundraise over a year’s time to support charities in the local community while combining their efforts to showcase the LPRT in a local amateur racquetball tournament. This year, they successfully chose two charitable organizations: Fostering Great Ideas and Carolina C.O.P.S.
Paola Longoria (MEX) won the SCO pro singles title for the 6th time. Nipping at her heals was #2 ranked player Alexandra Herrera (MEX) who had won the last two LPRT events (Boston and Vero Beach), and who took Longoria to an edge of your seat, 11-7 tiebreaker this time. Longoria faced Jessica Parilla (MEX) in the semifinals, while Herrera faced first time semifinalist Kelani Lawrence (USA). The pro doubles title was won by the #2 seeds, Herrera and Parilla, who were a dominate force playing the final almost flawlessly. They overcame #1 seeds Longoria and partner Samantha Salas Solis (MEX) in two games.
Beach Bash a Big Hit with LPRT
The one wall courts of Hollywood Beach, Florida hosted close to 200 racquetball players for the APCON 2022 Beach Bash. Many of the participants ascend on the beach-side courts annually, but this year the event hosted 55 first time players, including some top talents of the LPRT.
When asked about the event, Tournament Director Mike Coulter commented “It was a great start to the 3 outdoor majors and the road to Vegas. We are glad to partner with LPRT again this year and are excited about the LPL Financial Pro Cup Series for 2022.” Coulter also runs the 3WallBall Outdoor World Championships in Las Vegas, October 23-30, 2022, the final of the 3 majors. (The 2nd major is the Team Root Outdoor National Championships in July)