IRT Top 10 Shakeup and the Future

The 2010-2011 IRT season is just at the two-thirds mark and the possibility of a “new” Top 10 looks more likely with some recent and anticipated future events.

The first is the retirement announcement by #7 IRT Pro Mitch Williams. Mitch has not publicly stated the reason for his early retirement, but the we speculate the injuries he has been dealing with over the past year certainly played a large part in his decision. (From the IRT website: “After months of trying to rehab his dislocated shoulder he felt it was time to end his career and focus on the next chapter of his life.”)

The second is the recent knee surgery for #10 (and former Top-8) Alvaro Beltran. Alvaro was still on the comeback trail from knee surgery in 2009, and he made a strong showing at not only IRT Grand Slam and T1 events, but outdoor WOR tournaments as well. While it is not clear how long Alvaro will be out rehabilitating his knee, we believe it is safe to assume he will be out of contention as a serious competitor for the remainder of this season.

The third is the probably the biggest “event” and is actually a prediction on our part – the retirement of #4 Jack Huczek at the end of this season. In Terre Haute and NYC, Jack actually played the best racquetball we have seen from him in a while.¬† Jack won the Cactus Salon ProAm T1 in NYC (thanks in part to the Kane illness forfeit) and he lost in the Semi Finals at the Lawler ProAm T1 in Terre Haute (to Kane).¬† Jack’s contract with Head is up this year and with all the recent sponsorship moves, nothing is etched in stone. Jack’s contributions and involvement with USA Racquetball is well recognized and respected and we would not be surprised to see him take on an even greater role at USRA.

The current Top 20 IRT Pro’s are listed below. We think it is a safe bet that the next person(s) to beak into the Top 10 will either have the name “Herrera” and/or “Alejandro“.

See you on the 40By20…

1 KANE WASELENCHUK
2 ROCKY CARSON
3 BEN CROFT
4 JACK HUCZEK
5 CHRIS CROWTHER
6 SHANE VANDERSON
7 MITCH WILLIAMS
8 ANDY HAWTHORNE
9 JOSE ROJAS
10 ALVARO BELTRAN
11 CHARLIE PRATT
12 JUAN HERRERA
13 ANTHONY HERRERA
14 ALEJANDRO HERRERA
15 ALEJANDRO LANDA
16 JASON MANNINO
17 CLIFF SWAIN
18 JAVIER MORENO
19 CARSON, TONY
20 ANDRES HERRERA

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