The Texas Racquetball Association's mission is to develop and promote the growth of racquetball.

Sanctioned Racquetball Tournaments Return to Houston with a Bang!

Not since the 2009 National Singles Racquetball Tournament has there been so much anticipation and excitement about a USAR sanctioned tournament in Houston, TX.  On September 22-23, 2018, Houston hosted the inaugural Houston Open Racquetball Tournament at the University of Houston central campus.  According to Jon Friedman, one of the 3 co-directors of the tournament, “Texas has some of the most talented and accomplished players in racquetball”.  Amateur legends like Patric Mascorro, John Rhodes, Matthew Anderson and Sam Hojat clashed with local talent like Michael Magana, Bill Adams, Eddie & Nicholas Pavloski, Bobby Romana and Steve Wright – and that was just in the Open divisions!  This tournament sold out in less than 3 weeks and a waiting list of over 20 players vied for any last minute cancellations.


The Houston Open featured mens and ladies, singles and doubles divisions.  “It was important that the tournament feature competitive play at ALL skill levels” explained Lou Garcia, co-director.  And, merciless it was in every division!  In order to get to the Single Elimination playoff, players (or teams) first had to win their round robin flight.  Players had to fight for every single point in order to avoid elimination.  “So many matches went to nail-biting tie-breakers, which goes to show the equality of competition and  the determination of the players” offered Sean Arnold, the final co-director.

Every player was treated to serious Houston Hospitality!  The UofH Recreation and Wellness Center offered glass back panel courts with stadium seating – perfect for viewing!  And the UofH campus has ample parking, restaurants and even an on-site hotel, just steps from the venue.  Parker Ewing drove in from Louisiana to participate and shared “I’ve played 12 tournaments this year in 4 different states.  The Houston Open offered the most of any of them!”  Every player was treated to a goody bag with over $100 in retail value including FREE Ashaway PowerKill Strings, E-Force headbands and sweatbands, Discount cards for E-Force, Lupe Tortilla $25 gift certificates and more!  “Our Sponsors really stepped up for the first Houston Open”, declares Lou Garcia.  Players were also entered into a raffle to win multiple Gearbox Hats, E-Force Bags, and E-Force Goggles.  Tournament players also received a one-of-a-kind dri-fit Houston Open Tournament shirt, and the 1st and 2nd place winner of each division received engraved silver platters.  (You have to see the photos!)


Here is the tournament by the numbers:

  • 9 unique Ladies and Mens Singles and Doubles Divisions
  • 114 players played 148 matches
  • Sold out in 18 Days!
  • 20 Sponsors provided cash, food and giveaways for the goody bags and raffle
  • Over 500 photos posted online for FREE of the event and matches
  • In a follow-up survey, 96.77% of players say “I definitely would” play in future Houston Open Racquetball Tournaments


The Houston Open Racquetball Tournament would not have happened without some amazing people!  “First and foremost, we have to thank the TXRA.  Their commitment provided the financial courage to fund the tournament”, reveals Jon Friedman.  “This is a BIG tournament with a lot of moving parts and it takes so many sponsors and volunteers to pull this off”, continued Friedman.  The Houston Open would like to thank all of its charitable sponsors including the Title Sponsor – KyraHomes.com.  “We are thrilled to be a part of a new tradition in Houston”, exclaims KyraHomes.com CEO Lionel Lopez.  And the Houston Open tournament directors would like to thank the selfless volunteers that made this happen including Jeremy Ruggiero, Corey Smith, Davis Friedman, Kenneth Fletcher, Abel Barba and everyone else that helped promote and pull off an amazing tournament!


The Houston Open would like to offer a special thanks and recognition to Jonas Mancuso!  Jonas is a professional photographer who graciously volunteered his services to take photos of the venue and tournament play over the entire 2 days.  He took over 500 photos which have been uploaded to a Dropbox Folder. View & Download Photos for FREE!


The next Houston Open Tournament will be combined with Texas State Seniors in mid-February.  If you would like to receive information about the tournament, and have the opportunity to sign-up before it sells out … then please send an email to:  houstonopentournament@gmail.com