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Racquetball World Championships

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Racquetball World Championships

The World Racquetball Championships, organized by the International Racquetball Federation (IRF), were first held in 1981 as part of the World Games. The second World Championships were in 1984, and have been held every two years since.

The 2014 World Championships were in Burlington, Ontario June 14-21. This was the first time Worlds were in Canada since 1992, when Montreal was the host city. A site for the 2016 World Championships has not been named.

In previous years, the World Championships had two parts. An individual competition, where every player competes for himself or herself, or in the case of doubles, themselves, and also a team competition, where men's and women's teams from each country compete against each other in a best of three matches: two singles matches and a doubles match. The overall team title is a sum of the men's and women's team performances.

But in 2014, there were only individual competitions in Men's and Women's Singles and Doubles. The competition did have two parts: a pool play part from which players were seeded into an elimination draw. The winners were American Rocky Carson, who won for the fourth time in Men's Singles, Mexican Paola Longoria, who won both Women's Singles and Women's Doubles with Samantha Salas, and those two titles put her 2nd on the all time list of World Champions with five titles overall - two in singles and three in doubles. Winning for the first time were Colombians Sebastian Franco and Alejandro Herrera, who became the first South Americans to win any Racquetball World Championship when they won the Men's Doubles title.

Team winners were named, but it was based on performance in the individual competitions, rather than an on court competition. The USA took the Men's Team title and Overall Team title with Mexico taking the Women's Team title.

IRF World Championships
Year Host Men's Team Women's Team Overall/Combined
I 1981 USA   -   - USA
III 1986 USA Canada USA USA & Canada
IV 1988 Germany Canada USA USA
V 1990 Venezuela USA USA USA
VI 1992 Canada USA USA USA
VII 1994 Mexico USA USA USA
VIII 1996 USA Canada USA USA
IX 1998 Bolivia USA USA USA
X 2000 Mexico Canada USA Canada
XI 2002 Puerto Rico Canada USA USA
XII 2004 South Korea USA USA USA
XIII 2006 Dominican Republic USA USA USA
XIV 2008 Ireland USA USA USA
XV 2010 South Korea USA USA USA
XVI 2012 Dominican Republic USA Mexico USA
XVII 2014 Canada USA Mexico USA
IRF World Championships - Individual Competitions
Year Host Men's Singles Women's Singles Men's Doubles Women's Doubles
I 1981 USA Ed Andrews Cindy Baxter Mark Malowitz & Jeff Kwartler Mary Ann Cluess & Karen Borga
II 1984 USA Ross Harvey Mary Dee Stan Wright & Steve Trent Carol French & Malia Kamahoahoa
III 1986 USA Egan Inoue Cindy Baxter Jack Nolan & Todd O'Neil Carol McFetridge & Marion Sicotte
IV 1988 Germany Andy Roberts Heather Stupp Doug Ganim & Dan Obremski Diane Green & Trina Rasmussen
V 1990 Venezuela Egan Inoue Heather Stupp Doug Ganim & Dan Obremski Malia Bailey & Jackie Paraiso
VI 1992 Canada Chris Cole Michelle Gould Doug Ganim & Eric Muller Malia Bailey & Robin Levine
VII 1994 Mexico Sherman Greenfeld Michelle Gould John Ellis & Eric Muller Laura Fenton & Jackie Paraiso Gibson
VIII 1996 USA Todd O'Neil Michelle Gould Adam Karp & Bill Sell Joy MacKenzie & Jackie Paraiso
IX 1998 Bolivia Sherman Greenfeld Christie Van Hees Adam Karp & Bill Sell Joy Mackenzie & Jackie Paraiso
X 2000 Mexico Alvaro Beltran Cheryl Gudinas Luis Bustilos & Javier Moreno Kersten Hallander & Kim Russell
XI 2002 Puerto Rico Jack Huczek Cheryl Gudinas Polo Gutierrez & Gilberto Mejia Jackie Paraiso Rice & Kim Russell
XII 2004 South Korea Jack Huczek Cheryl Gudinas Shane Vanderson & Mike Dennison Jackie Paraiso Rice & Kim Russell
XIII 2006 Dominican Republic Jack Huczek Christie Van Hees Alvaro Beltran & Javier Moreno Aimee Ruiz & Laura Fenton
XIV 2008 Ireland Rocky Carson Rhonda Rajsich Jason Thoerner & Mitch Williams Aimee Ruiz & Jackie Paraiso
XV 2010 South Korea Rocky Carson Rhonda Rajsich Ben Croft & Mitch Williams Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas
XVI 2012 Dominican Republic Rocky Carson Paola Longoria Alvaro Beltran & Javier Moreno Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas
XVII 2014 Canada Rocky Carson Paola Longoria Sebastian Franco & Alejandro Herrera Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas

List of Multiple World Champions

Champion Singles Championships Doubles Championships Total
Jackie Paraiso 0 7 7
Paola Longoria 2 3 5
Rocky Carson 4 0 4
Michelle Gould 3 0 3
Cheryl Gudinas 3 0 3
Jack Huczek 3 0 3
Alvaro Beltran 1 2 3
Javier Moreno 0 3 3
Doug Ganim 0 3 3
Kim Russell 0 3 3
Joy MacKenzie 0 3 3
Samantha Salas 0 3 3
Malia Bailey 0 3 3
Christie Van Hees 2 0 2
Heather Stupp 2 0 2
Sherman Greenfeld 2 0 2
Aimee Ruiz 0 2 2
Egan Inoue 2 0 2
Rhonda Rajsich 2 0 2
Cindy Baxter 2 0 2
Mitch Williams 0 2 2
Dan Obremski 0 2 2
Eric Muller 0 2 2
Adam Karp 0 2 2
Bill Sell 0 2 2
Laura Fenton 0 2 2

External links

  • World championships - IRF - Team Standings
  • World championships - IRF - Individual Standings
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