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.
Glass Court Hosts 29th Annual Turkey Shoot Presented by Platt Hill Nursery
November 22, 2021
Thank you to the sponsors who made the event possible, and who not only supported with prize money, but many came out to watch and cheer on the LPRT players. Our sincere thanks goes to sponsors MVP – Miller Value Partners, Patient Capital Management, Frank Hotels, Performance Chemicals, LLC, Mike & Karen Grisz, Gene Fry, Team Dovetail, and to hosts Sudsy Monchick, and Veronica Sotomayor.
2021 3WallBall Outdoor World Championships
October 24, 2021
What happened in Vegas?
Racquetball, paddleball, handball, 3 wall, 1 wall, pros, amateurs, and a whole lot of fun happened.
The annual 3WallBall Outdoor World Championships presented by KWM Gutterman, held in the popular destination city and right in front of the iconic Strat hotel, showcased 3 different sports on temporarily constructed outdoor courts.
Thank you, Mike Coulter and team, for pulling off another successful event!
LPRT player Michelle De La Rosa (USA) successfully won all 3 divisions that she entered, including the women’s pro 3wall doubles with partner LPRT player Carla Munoz (Chile’). Full a full rundown of winners, check out the recap by Todd Boss o proracquetballstats.com.
Photo credit: Mike Augustin of Game Changer Photography
United Healthcare U.S. Open 2021
October 10, 2021
The biggest, most prestigious event for the sport of racquetball went off without a hitch this year. The 2-year wait (US Open 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic) seemed to increase anticipation, excitement, and attendance. Over 700 people showed up in Minneapolis for Event Director Doug Ganim’s 25th and final year. Thank you, Doug, for 25 years of effort and hard work to make a grand showcase for our sport.
Paola Longoria (Mexico), #1 ranked LPRT pro, won her 11th US Open singles title defeating #3 ranked player Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina). Longoria also earned her 6th US Open Doubles title with partner Samantha Salas Solis (Mexico).
World Singles & Doubles Open Championships
August 15, 2021
The LPRT draw at the World Singles and Doubles Open Championships had all the excitement of a good sports movie. It was obvious that the absence of the #1 tour player had opened the door for someone to earn the pro event title, because the matches were fierce, and the upsets were heart-breaking. Ana Gabriela “Gaby” Martinez, the #11 seed, won the event and her first pro title.
Thank you to Jim Hiser, all the sponsors, and the team of people who put on a successful tournament. Referred to as a “Mini U.S. Open,” the event was full of LPRT and IRT pros, amateur competitors, and great hospitality. Equal prize money was offered to the pro tours for singles, along with a $10,000 Mixed Pro Double’s purse. The victorious team, who came out on top of one of the toughest Mixed Pro Draws in racquetball history, was LPRT player Samantha Salas Solis and IRT player Rodrigo Montoya.
2021 TeamRoot.Com Super Max Slam Full of Upsets!
June 20, 2021
The 2021 TeamRoot.Com Super Max Slam was a battle of the best players in the world. Thirty-six pros ascended on the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas in Overland Park, to compete for $60,000 in prize money. The event, which started in the singles round of 64, was not shy of thrillers, 11-10 tiebreakers, and upsets. Montse Mejia (Mexico), who entered as the 10 seed, took top prize in both pro singles and pro doubles with partner Alexandra Herrera (Mexico). This was Mejia’s first pro tour singles title.
Another first for the event was an invitation to LPRT fans to make their picks in a TeamRoot.Com SuperMaxSlam Fantasy Bracket. Congratulations to former LPRT pro Jen Saunders who won with an almost perfect bracket, missing only two picks.
Sweet Caroline Open 2021 and 1st LPRT Hall of Fame Inductions
May 2, 2021
The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour traveled to Greenville to compete in the Sweet Caroline Open’s 5th Annual Grand Slam. The event, hosted by Sportsclub Fitness & Wellness, South Carolina Racquetball Players’ Association, and title sponsor Ob Hospitalist Group, welcomed 36 pro players from seven different countries who battled in both singles and doubles. The three-day tournament also offered a variety of skill and age divisions to over 100 amateur players.