Racquetball World Championships

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The World Racquetball Championships are the top-tier racquetball competitions organized by the International Racquetball Federation (IRF). [1]

Racquetball a racquet sport played with a hollow rubber ball in an indoor or outdoor court.

Racquetball is a racquet sport played with a hollow rubber ball on an indoor or outdoor court. Joseph Sobek is credited with inventing the modern sport of racquetball in 1950, adding a stringed racquet to paddleball in order to increase velocity and control. Unlike most racquet sports, such as tennis and badminton, there is no net to hit the ball over, and, unlike squash, no tin to hit the ball above. Also, the court's walls, floor, and ceiling are legal playing surfaces, with the exception of court-specific designated hinders being out-of-bounds.

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History

The first event was held in 1981 as part of the 1981 World Games. The second World Championships were in 1984, and have been held every two years since.

1981 World Games

The 1981 World Games were the first World Games, an international multi-sport event, and were held in Santa Clara, California in the United States. The games featured sports that were not included in the Olympics, including tug-of-war, racquetball, baseball and softball, artistic roller skating, roller hockey, roller speed skating, finswimming, karate, women's water polo, bowling, bodybuilding, waterskiing, casting, badminton, trampoline, powerlifting and taekwondo. Best estimates for attendance figures were that about 80,000 spectators witnessed the first World Games.

The 2016 World Championships were in Cali, Colombia, which was the first time Worlds was in South America since 1998, when Cochabamba, Bolivia hosted the event. As in 2014, the team standings were determined by players' performances in the medal round, rather than a team-to-team competition, as was done previous to 2014. Thus, there was a group stage of play followed by a medal round with the seeding for the medal round based on the group stage results.

The International Racquetball Federation's 18th Racquetball World Championships were held in Cali, Colombia from July 15 to 23, 2016. This was the first time Colombia has hosted Worlds, and the first time Worlds have been in South America since 1998, when Cochabamba, Bolivia hosted the event.

Cali City in Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Santiago de Cali, or Cali, is the capital of the Valle del Cauca department, and the most populous city in southwest Colombia, with an estimated 2,319,655 residents according to 2005-2020/DANE population projections. The city spans 560.3 km2 (216.3 sq mi) with 120.9 km2 (46.7 sq mi) of urban area, making Cali the second-largest city in the country by area and the third most populous. As the only major Colombian city with access to the Pacific Coast, Cali is the main urban and economic centre in the south of the country, and has one of Colombia's fastest-growing economies. The city was founded on 25 July 1536 by the Spanish explorer Sebastián de Belalcázar.

Colombia Country in South America

Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a sovereign state largely situated in the northwest of South America, with territories in Central America. Colombia shares a border to the northwest with Panama, to the east with Venezuela and Brazil and to the south with Ecuador and Peru. It shares its maritime limits with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Colombia is a unitary, constitutional republic comprising thirty-two departments, with the capital in Bogotá.

The 2014 men's and women's singles champions were American Rocky Carson, who won a fifth consecutive title in men's singles, Mexican Paola Longoria, who won women's singles for a third consecutive time, respectively. The men's doubles winners were Mexicans Alvaro Beltran and Javier Moreno, who won for a third time, while the women's doubles title was won by Americans Aimee Ruiz and Janel Tisinger, which was the third title for Ruiz but first for Tisinger. In the overall team standings Mexico came out on top for the first time in World Championships history, as they won the women's team event and were only one point behind the USA in the men's team event. [2]

Rocky Carson American racquetball player

Rocky Carson is an American professional racquetball player. Carson is the current USA Racquetball National Doubles Champion and the reigning Pan Am Games Champion in Men's Singles. Carson’s a former World Champion in Men’s Singles - a title he’s won a record five times. He has been the season ending #1 player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) twice, including in 2017-18. Carson has also played outdoor racquetball, and in 2008, he became the first man to win Men’s Singles at the World Outdoor Championship, as well as the indoor International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championship, and US Open.

Paola Michelle Longoria López is a Mexican racquetball player. She's a three-time International Racquetball Federation World Champion in Women's Singles, tied with Michelle Gould and Cheryl Gudinas for the most ever World Singles titles by a female. She is also a three-time World Champion in Women's Doubles, and is the only woman to have won both singles and doubles at Worlds. Longoria is also the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) tour, and was the first Mexican woman to attain the #1 pro ranking, doing so at the end of the 2008-09 season. She repeated the feat at the end of 2009–2010 season, and has been #1 for the last seven seasons. Longoria's style is characterized by a semi-western grip of the racquet, which is unusual for racquetball; Longoria is the only pro player using this grip style.

Aimee Ruiz is a left handed American racquetball player. She is the current USA Racquetball Champion in Women's Doubles - her 12th title. She won with Janel Tisinger-Ledkins for the 5th time. In addtion to her USA doubles titles, Ruiz has three Women's Doubles World Championships and one USA National Women's Singles title.

Editions and team results

No.YearHostMen's teamWomen's teamOverall / combined
I 1981 United States Flag of the United States.svg USA
II1984 United States Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA
III 1986 United States Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA &
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
IV1988 Germany Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA
V1990 Venezuela Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA
VI1992 Canada Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA
VII1994 Mexico Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA
VIII1996 United States Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA
IX1998 Bolivia Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA
X2000 Mexico Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
XI 2002 Puerto Rico Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA
XII 2004 South Korea Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA
XIII 2006 Dominican Republic Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA
XIV 2008 Ireland Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA
XV 2010 South Korea Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the United States.svg USA
XVI 2012 Dominican Republic Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Flag of the United States.svg USA
XVII 2014 Canada Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Flag of the United States.svg USA
XVIII 2016 Colombia Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico
XIX 2018 Costa Rica

Winners

No.YearHostMen's SinglesWomen's SinglesMen's DoublesWomen's Doubles
I 1981 United States Flag of the United States.svg Ed Andrews Flag of the United States.svg Cindy Baxter Flag of the United States.svg Mark Malowitz & Jeff Kwartler Flag of the United States.svg Mary Ann Cluess & Karen Borga
II1984 United States Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ross Harvey Flag of the United States.svg Mary Dee Flag of the United States.svg Stan Wright & Steve Trent Flag of the United States.svg Carol French & Malia Kamahoahoa
III 1986 United States Flag of the United States.svg Egan Inoue Flag of the United States.svg Cindy Baxter Flag of the United States.svg Jack Nolan & Todd O'Neil Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Carol McFetridge & Marion Sicotte
IV1988 Germany Flag of the United States.svg Andy Roberts Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Heather Stupp Flag of the United States.svg Doug Ganim & Dan Obremski Flag of the United States.svg Diane Green & Trina Rasmussen
V1990 Venezuela Flag of the United States.svg Egan Inoue Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Heather Stupp Flag of the United States.svg Doug Ganim & Dan Obremski Flag of the United States.svg Malia Bailey & Jackie Paraiso
VI1992 Canada Flag of the United States.svg Chris Cole Flag of the United States.svg Michelle Gould Flag of the United States.svg Doug Ganim & Eric Muller Flag of the United States.svg Malia Bailey & Robin Levine
VII1994 Mexico Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Sherman Greenfeld Flag of the United States.svg Michelle Gould Flag of the United States.svg John Ellis & Eric Muller Flag of the United States.svg Laura Fenton & Jackie Paraiso Gibson
VIII1996 United States Flag of the United States.svg Todd O'Neil Flag of the United States.svg Michelle Gould Flag of the United States.svg Adam Karp & Bill Sell Flag of the United States.svg Joy MacKenzie & Jackie Paraiso
IX1998 Bolivia Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Sherman Greenfeld Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Christie Van Hees Flag of the United States.svg Adam Karp & Bill Sell Flag of the United States.svg Joy Mackenzie & Jackie Paraiso
X2000 Mexico Flag of Mexico.svg Alvaro Beltran Flag of the United States.svg Cheryl Gudinas Flag of Mexico.svg Luis Bustilos & Javier Moreno Flag of the United States.svg Kersten Hallander & Kim Russell
XI 2002 Puerto Rico Flag of the United States.svg Jack Huczek Flag of the United States.svg Cheryl Gudinas Flag of Mexico.svg Polo Gutierrez & Gilberto Mejia Flag of the United States.svg Jackie Paraiso Rice & Kim Russell
XII 2004 South Korea Flag of the United States.svg Jack Huczek Flag of the United States.svg Cheryl Gudinas Flag of the United States.svg Shane Vanderson & Mike Dennison Flag of the United States.svg Jackie Paraiso Rice & Kim Russell
XIII 2006 Dominican Republic Flag of the United States.svg Jack Huczek Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Christie Van Hees Flag of Mexico.svg Alvaro Beltran & Javier Moreno Flag of the United States.svg Aimee Ruiz & Laura Fenton
XIV 2008 Ireland Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Carson Flag of the United States.svg Rhonda Rajsich Flag of the United States.svg Jason Thoerner & Mitch Williams Flag of the United States.svg Aimee Ruiz & Jackie Paraiso
XV 2010 South Korea Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Carson Flag of the United States.svg Rhonda Rajsich Flag of the United States.svg Ben Croft & Mitch Williams Flag of Mexico.svg Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas
XVI 2012 Dominican Republic Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Carson Flag of Mexico.svg Paola Longoria Flag of Mexico.svg Alvaro Beltran & Javier Moreno Flag of Mexico.svg Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas
XVII 2014 Canada Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Carson Flag of Mexico.svg Paola Longoria Flag of Colombia.svg Sebastian Franco & Alejandro Herrera Flag of Mexico.svg Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas
XVIII 2016 Colombia Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Carson Flag of Mexico.svg Paola Longoria Flag of Mexico.svg Alvaro Beltran & Javier Moreno Flag of the United States.svg Aimee Ruiz & Janel Tisinger
XIX 2018 Costa Rica Flag of Mexico.svg Rodrigo Montoya Flag of Guatemala.svg Ana Gabriela Martinez Flag of Mexico.svg Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa Flag of Bolivia.svg Valeria Centellas & Yasmine Sabja

Multiple world champions

ChampionSinglesDoublesTotal
Flag of the United States.svg Jackie Paraiso 077
Flag of Mexico.svg Paola Longoria 336
Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Carson 505
Flag of Mexico.svg Alvaro Beltran 145
Flag of Mexico.svg Javier Moreno 044
Flag of the United States.svg Michelle Gould 303
Flag of the United States.svg Cheryl Gudinas 303
Flag of the United States.svg Jack Huczek 303
Flag of the United States.svg Aimee Ruiz 033
Flag of the United States.svg Doug Ganim 033
Flag of the United States.svg Kim Russell 033
Flag of the United States.svg Joy MacKenzie 033
Flag of Mexico.svg Samantha Salas 033
Flag of the United States.svg Malia Bailey033
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Christie Van Hees 202
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Heather Stupp 202
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Sherman Greenfeld 202
Flag of the United States.svg Egan Inoue 202
Flag of the United States.svg Rhonda Rajsich 202
Flag of the United States.svg Cindy Baxter202
Flag of the United States.svg Todd O'Neill112
Flag of the United States.svg Mitch Williams022
Flag of the United States.svg Dan Obremski022
Flag of the United States.svg Eric Muller022
Flag of the United States.svg Adam Karp022
Flag of the United States.svg Bill Sell022
Flag of the United States.svg Laura Fenton 022

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