The World Racquetball Tour spent this past weekend streaming the first ever broadcast of the Longhorn Open Racquetball Tournament. The Longhorn Open was started by Tournament Director, Soly Kor and his doubles partner, Jack Long, in 1995. Soly and Jack were part of the UT Racquetball Team and looking for a way to successfully generate enough proceeds to pay for all expenses in full for the team get players to the United States National Intercollegiate Championships. It has grown to be one of the most popular events in Texas, and one of the largest in the nation. This year, the event sold out on Thanksgiving, reaching capacity at 326 participants with over 105 people on the waitlist.
The UT Racquetball Team involvement has been a crucial part to getting this event off the ground. The students work very hard to run a top-notch event. The tournament also engages new players and excites club members by introducing them to the world of competitive racquetball on a large stage.
The WRT was at the event this year to provide the first ever Longhorn Open live streaming broadcast which featured the Men’s Open Quarters, Semis and Finals. The live broadcasts are currently in post production, so be sure to subscribe to the WRT YouTube Channel and watch them at your leisure as soon as they’re posted. Congratulations to Alex Cardona, who won the Championship against Jaime Martell (15-12, 15-4). Notably, Cardona and Martell were also doubles partners, winning the Doubles Final over Ethan Wadsworth and Chase Robison (15-8, 15-1).
Congratulations to the UT Racquetball Club and Tournament Director, Soly Kor for hosting another exciting annual event. Best of luck to the UT Racquetball Club as they prepare to head to the US Intercollegiate Nationals!