Platt Hill Nursery Turkey Pro Am Crowns New Champ(s)
November 21, 2022
The annual, pre-Thanksgiving racquetball tournament hosted at the Glass Court Swim & Fitness was packed with exciting matches, upsets, great food, and wonderful people. LPRT pros battled on the glass, fish-bowl court vying for the 2022 title, and to be part of this club’s rich racquetball history. Montse Mejia (MEX) caused a stir of upsets to earn the singles title, while the new double’s pairing of Alexandra Herrera (MEX) and Samantha Salas (MEX), earned the doubles title.
Thank you to Dan Jaskier, Cheryl Kirk, and all the sponsors and volunteers who made the event possible.
2022 3WallBall Championships Hosted on Vegas Strip
October 30, 2022
The 2022 3WallBall Outdoor Championships, held on the Vegas strip and right in front of The STRAT hotel, was a huge success again this year. The 4-day event offered 4 different sports: racquetball, handball, paddleball, and squash 57, and showcased the pro battles which were broadcast by both the LPRT and IRT.
Thank you to Tournament Director, Mike Coulter, a talented team of volunteers, and all the sponsors who made the event possible. The 3WallBall Outdoor Championships is the biggest, and final event, of the 3, outdoor majors.
Rankings Update, Fall 2022
October 4, 2022
The LPRT rankings have been updated following the 2022 US Open and prepared leading into the 30th Annual Turkey Shoot in November. We have some movement in and out of the top 10 as the depth of competition on tour has never been better.
The LPRT ranking system runs on a 52-week cycle, with players earning points for rounds and games won at each pro tour event.
Longoria Clinches 12th US OPEN Title and Mendez/Manilla are the New Doubles Champs!
October 2, 2022
A new, multi-court location at the University of Minnesota; a convenient and very cool, eclectic host hotel; and unique logistical challenges may mark the 2022 USA Racquetball US OPEN, but we also witnessed a phenomenal showcase of amazing professional racquetball. Paola Longoria (Mexico) earned an astonishing 12th US OPEN title, a feat unbelievable for most sports. Coming off a quarterfinal loss just weeks earlier in Virginia Beach, Longoria was laser focused and prepared to win. She was pressed, mostly by first-time finalist Erika Manilla (USA), but she executed when needed and demonstrated why she has a record 109 Tier 1 or higher pro titles. Longoria lost game one of the final, 13-15, but adjusted her strategy to win the next two games, 15-5, 11-3.
Invicta Security Services Crowns Herrera Champion
September 11, 2022
The LPRT returned to Chesapeake, Virginia for a pro event full of epic matches and a few upsets. Alexandra Herrera (MEX) earned her 3rd pro title, this time battling against first-time finalist Brenda Laime (COL). Laime upset #1 Longoria in a quarterfinal battle, winning 11-10 in the tiebreaker to make her first semifinal. Laime then went on to upset Erika Manilla (USA) in the semifinals to later fall to Herrera.
The doubles team of Kelani Lawrence (USA) and Hollie Scott (USA), earned their first title together, knocking out the #1 seeds on their way. This was Lawrence’s 2nd doubles title, but her first on her home court at the Greenbrier North YMCA.
Thank you to Tournament Director, Malia Bailey, for hosting the LPRT for a second time (first was in 2019), and thank you to all of the sponsors who supported the event: Presenting Sponsor Invicta Security Services, City Wide Auto & Truck Sales, Excel Paving Corporation, LPL Financial, Manilla Athletics, Virginia Sports and Spine Rehab and Performance
Longoria Hosts Successful Event in Aguascalientes
August 14, 2022
To kick off the 2022-2023 season, the LPRT returned to Mexico for a very special event. What really set this tournament apart was how the government and the people of the city of Aguascalientes embraced the event. Dignitaries, fans, and families were in attendance all weekend to enjoy the spectacle of Paola Longoria’s glass court and the amazing athletes of the LPRT, who did not disappoint!
The 2022 Paola Longoria Experience was an athletic showcase where the all-glass court was placed in an outdoor environment for maximum viewing. Crowds were substantial, including Governor Martin Orozco Sandoval, and Mayor Leonardo Montanez Castro. The final of the singles turned out to be an instant classic, where Longoria defeated fellow Mexican Montse Mejia 11-10 in the tiebreaker in front of a raucous crowd, split in loyalty to the two players. The doubles final was also an all-Mexican affair, where the #2 seeds Mejia and Alexandra Herrera upset the #1 pairing of Longoria and Samantha Salas.
5th TeamRoot.Com Event Ends LPRT 2021-2022 Season
June 13, 2022
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
May 15, 2022
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
March 27, 2022
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)
Herrera Wins 2nd Career Title at 5th Boston Open
March 7, 2022
Alexandra Herrera (MEX) confirmed her place in racquetball history as the first player in 12 years to win back-to-back events over dominate #1 Paola Longoria (MEX). As mentioned by LPRT commentators during the LPRT LIVE! broadcasts, Herrera has been playing her best racquetball to date, this season. In the Boston final she made few errors, great gets, had a tremendous comeback when she was down 12-1, and won the match in 2 games, 15-8, 15-14.
Thank you to Stewart Solomon of Solomon Racquet & Sports for hosting the LPRT for a 5th Boston Open. Solomon, who has had a passion for racquetball since the age of 13, runs events in the Boston and surrounding area, all for the benefit of the American Cancer Society Astra-Zeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston: https://www.cancer.org/treatment/support-programs-and-services/patient-lodging/hope-lodge/boston/about-our-facility.html
Racquetball Legend Hosts Vero Beach Open
February 20, 2022
In February, Legendary Racquetball Pro Sudsy Monchick (5-time US Open Champ, 43 wins on the IRT) and his wife pro player Veronica Sotomayor, put on a fantastic Tier 1 event to host the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) at their home club in Vero Beach, Florida. Player focused, local, amazing, and friendly are words that LPRT players used to describe the vibe and excellent hospitality of the event’s off-court scene at Vero Fitness. It didn’t hurt that the club’s 2 courts sit directly beside an outdoor swimming pool and palm trees, either. On the court, there were epic battles and upsets.
Festive, Fun Annual Event Closes Out LPRT 2021
December 13, 2021
Alexandra Herrera (MEX) earned her first ever pro singles title after fighting through a draw of the best players in the world. A steady top 5 player since 2017, Herrera started the 2021-2022 season playing her best racquetball to date. At the World Singles and Doubles Championships in August, she lost in the tiebreaker in the final against Gaby Martinez (GUA), then went 11-9 tiebreaker losing to LPRT #1 Paola Longoria (MEX) in the final of Chicago’s Turkey Shoot. A few months later and plenty of time to reflect on those loses, Herrera came to Vero Beach with a new confidence and focus. Herrera won each round in 2 games, including the semifinal match against #3 Maria Jose Vargas (ARG), and the final over Longoria. Herrera and partner Montse Mejia (MEX) also took home the Vero Beach Open doubles title.