Written by Tribune Staff, syossetJericho@antonnews.com Friday, 27 December 2013 11:10
Men’s professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT) competition returns to New York for the Cactus Salon NYC Pro/Am held from Jan. 9 through Jan. 12 at Synergy Fitness North in Syosset.
“We are very excited to bring the top IRT players and local amateurs back to New York, where they will show why racquetball is the fastest, most athletic, and exciting racquet sport in the world,” said Jason Mannino, IRT President.
The pro/am tournament will feature local rising star, #22 Nick Montalbano who upset the #4-ranked pro to reach his first Tier 1 semifinal finish last season at the Rollout New Jersey IRT Open. At the top of the ranks, Rocky Carson has overtaken 8-time World Champion, Kane Waselenchuk, in the IRT year-to-date rankings
In addition to the top men’s professional players, amateurs will compete in age-specific and skill-level racquetball divisions. About 300 athletes from several countries and almost 20 US states are expected to compete for around $20,000 in prize money and awards in this USA Racquetball-sanctioned event. Entry to the club is limited to players and those who have bought tickets to the event. Seating to watch the professional matches is limited. Video streaming of select matches will be available online at www.irtnetwork.com.