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The 2018 WPH Outdoor 7 Full Preview: Schedule, Entries, Bios, Cities, Rules, and More!
Tucson, AZ, WPH Press, 11/17/17- WPH Outdoor is proud to announce the 2018 WPH Outdoor 7 schedule. The 2018 WPH Outdoor 7 features nine events in seven different cities, starting in Florida and ending in Arizona, with stops in California, Nevada, Utah, Pennsylvania, and New York. The WPH Outdoor 7 will test the overall skills of the WPH Outdoor stars, as players will need to demonstrate proficiency in 4-Wall, 3-Wall, and 1-Wall to challenge for the top men’s and women’s rankings.
The WPH Outdoor Tour was created in 2012 to inspire the next generation of players and to showcase the greatest WallBall (Big Ball) players in the world. Starting as a 3-Wall Big Ball tour based in Southern California in 2012, the WPH Outdoor Tour has added 1-Wall and 4-Wall events to the tour that has hosted 37 events in California, Nevada, Utah, Pennsylvania and Mexico. The WPH Outdoor Tour not only provides opportunities for the world’s best WallBall players, but also hosts JR WPH youth handball clinics and tournaments in conjunction with virtually each WPH Outdoor stop. The WPH Outdoor Tour is a professional, competitive and family-friendly tour that promotes sportsmanship and community spirit while partnering with WPH Outdoor elite players to serve as mentors and coaches for the next generation of players. To learn more about WPH Outdoor, please visit our homepage here>
2018 WPH Outdoor 7 Schedule
Stop #1: Hollywood, FL January 13-14 men’s and women’s 1-Wall Big Ball singles and doubles, mixed Big Ball doubles, men’s Small Ball singles
Stop #2 January 27-28: Iceman in 4-Wall Big Ball men’s singles and doubles
Stop #3 February Royal Flush (in conjunction with the R48 stop in Las Vegas Feb 9-11: singles only) 4-Wall Big Ball men’s singles and doubles
Stop #4 March 3-4: Battle 4 Combined event with AZ Outdoor Racquetball 3-Wall men’s Big Ball singles and doubles, men’s 3-Wall Small Ball singles, Women’s Big Ball 3-Wall singles
Stop #5 May 5-6 Salt Lake City Aces 3-Wall: men’s 3-Wall Big Ball singles only (1-Wall Big Ball singles for 9th place)
Stop #6 July 7-8 RFC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor 1-Wall X-fest format, men’s and women’s Small Ball and Big Ball 1-Wall singles
Stop #7 August 25 Big Blue Ballers 1-Wall Big Ball men’s singles, August 26, Lady Baller’s 1-Wall Big Ball Women’s Doubles (St. John’s Park, 1251 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, NY 11213)
Stop #8 October 13-14 Pima in Tucson X-Fest format 3-Wall men’s Big Ball singles and doubles, women’s Small Ball 3-Wall singles, men’s Small Ball 3-Wall singles
Stop #9 November date TBD WPH Outdoor Championship, 4-Wall Big Ball men’s singles and doubles
The WPH Outdoor tour boasts some of the best men’s and women’s athletes in the world, all of whom possess a deep love for the sport of handball and a passion for winning coveted WPH Outdoor titles. WPH Outdoor pros travel across the country to test their skills in 1-Wall, 3-Wall, and 4-Wall, relishing the challenge of playing different codes and finding ways to master the different games. Meet several of the top men’s and women’s WPH Outdoor stars below.
Samzon Hernandez: Samzon Hernandez was recognized as being the best Big Ball player in Southern California in his mid teens, traveling to virtually every court in L.A. to challenge and defeat the best player on his home court. Nothing changed with the inception of the WPH Outdoor tour in 2012, as Hernandez won nine of the first 16 WPH Outdoor events, all five WPH Outdoor Simple Green U.S. Opens, and a record 14 WPH Outdoor singles events overall. Hernandez appeared to be unbeatable throughout much of the first three seasons and reclaimed the WPH Outdoor #1 ranking during the 2017 WPH Outdoor 6 season. Hernandez possesses the skills and burning desire to continue to win to dominate, and “The Machine” has no plans to relinquish the top spot in the sport
Timbo Gonzalez: Timbo Gonzalez is one of the fiercest competitors in the sport, playing each point as if it’s his last. Gonzalez is the top 1-Wall Big Ball player in the world but has proven that he can adapt to 3-Wall and 4-Wall as well, as evidenced by his 3-Wall singles titles at the WPH Outdoor 3WallBall Vegas Lte ’16 and ’17 and 3WallBall 3-Wall Big Ball title at the 2017 3WallBall Outdoor World Championships. Gonzalez is also the two-time defending X-Fest champion (’16, ’17), proving that he is unquestionably the game’s greatest all-around outdoor star. Gonzalez’s matches are rarely lacking drama, as the opponent, the referee, the cameraman, and the fans become part of the spectacle. Gonzalez creates must-see matches with his sensational athleticism and compelling style of play and has his sites set on the WPH Outdoor #1 ranking
Shorty Ruiz: Shorty Ruiz has been revered for his outstanding skills since his teenage years, combining power, a full arsenal of shots, and a crowd-pleasing style to his all-around game. Ruiz was the first player to be ranked on the Race 4 Eight and WPH Outdoor tours simultaneously, proving that his all-around skills translate indoors and outdoors with the big ball and small ball. Ruiz was carried off the court by his fans after slamming the 2011 WPH 3WallBall Championships, defeating David Chapman and Sean Lenning along the way. Ruiz has since added two more 3WallBall 3-Wall small ball singles titles, making him the most winning small ball pro in 3WallBall history. Ruiz is a big-game player who loves the biggest stage and should hoist many WPH Outdoor huge titles in the coming years
Chava Cordova: The freakishly talented Chava Cordova has been a regular in WPH Outdoor semifinals since his early 20’s, always on the cusp on breaking into the elite group of WPH Outdoor singles champions. Cordova possesses two equally strong hands that can end rallies from virtually anywhere on the court. Cordova often plays the most exciting matches against the game’s top players and as he comes into his prime, Cordova will be on the short list of favorites in each WPH Outdoor event in which he competes
Juan Santos: Playing with serenity unique to pro handball, Juan Santos appears to simply float around the court. Santos is never rattled or rushed, even in the closest matches. Santos has won four Player’s Cup Player of the Year trophies in the first six years of the tour, making him the most successful player in WPH Outdoor history. Santos relies on his unmatched anticipation to be in the perfect position to hit virtually every shot, and once in position, Santos delivers precision kills or passes. Santos plays the game unlike any other on the WPH Outdoor tour, making him a treat to watch and the greatest challenge for his peers
Sal Duenas: Known as the Wizard of Orange County, the Wiz has been a fixture in the WPH Outdoor top 10 since the inception of the tour in 2012. Duenas is the WPH Outdoor “Ironman,” holding the distinction of being the only player in WPH Outdoor history to have played in every official WPH Outdoor event, no small feat considering events have spanned two countries and four states over the history of the tour. Duenas uses his lifetime of handball experience to find ways to win, even when the odds seems to be stacked against him. Duenas’ adaptability is likely his greatest strength, as the proud father of two is one of the best in the sport at making mid-match adjustments to frustrate and overcome his rivals
Tracy Davis: At 40 years of age, Tracy Davis is a living legend in the sport and became the oldest WPH pro on the Race 4 Eight or the WPH Outdoor tour to finish a season at #1 by clinching the year-end WPH Outdoor #1 ranking in 2017. Davis is unquestionably the fittest player competing in any of the WPH Outdoor brackets, as well as being one of the most well liked superstars in the game. Davis wins and loses with class, always serving as an ambassador to the sport. Davis’ “serve-and-shoot” style makes her dangerous against any opponent and a threat to hoist any trophy on the WPH Outdoor series. With age, Davis’s desire to compete has only intensified, while her ability to win remains a constant
Catriona Casey: Catriona Casey is perhaps the most skilled women’s player in history, possessing no discernable weaknesses, two equally strong hands and the ability to make match-changing adjustments on the biggest stages. Casey plays must-see handball, as her on-court elegance and grace in unmatched in today’s game. Casey won the 1-Wall Big Ball singles at the 2017 WPH Outdoor RFC and finished second overall in the WPH Outdoor RFC X-Fest, narrowly losing to WPH Outdoor #1. Casey is a multiple-time WPH Outdoor champion capable of beating any woman in the sport at any version of the outdoor game
Sandy Ng: Long known as one of the most talented women’s stars in the sport. Sandy Ng fulfilled her immense talent at the 2017 3WallBall Outdoor World Championships, winning the 2017 Women’s X-Fest by winning the 1-Wall Small Ball singles and the 3-Wall Big Ball singles, and finishing second in the 1-Wall Big Ball singles. Although reserved on and off the court, Ng is fiercely competitive and her all-around game makes her a contender to win any WPH Outdoor event in any code of the game
Jenny Qu: New York’s Jenny Qu exploded onto the WPH Outdoor scene with a dominant victory in her first WPH Outdoor start at the 2016 3WallBall Outdoor World Championships, overwhelming 1-Wall superstars Danielle Daskalakis and Sandy Ng to win the 1-Wall Big Ball singles title. Qu returned to Las Vegas in 2017 to repeat in the 3WallBall 1-Wall Big Ball singles and is now the player to beat in the 1-Wall WPH Outdoor women’s field. Qu may be small in stature, but hits one of the hardest balls in the sport and combined power with sensational placement and strategy. Look for Qu to continue to win yellow jerseys in the coming years
Danielle Daskalakis: Danielle Daskalakis has established herself as one of the best all-around handball players in the world, ranking at or near the top in women’s 4-Wall, 3-Wall, and 1-Wall. Daskalakis owns the best serves in women’s handball and often follows her devastating serve with a first-strike kill. Daskalakis’ impressive all-around play makes her a fan favorite in every city in which she competes and a threat to any player on the Women’s WPH outdoor tour. Daskalakis brings a hybrid outdoor-indoor style to the Women’s WPH Outdoor tour that befuddles even the greatest stars in the women’s game, as evidenced by Daskalakis’ impressive tiebreaker victory against WPH Outdoor #1 Tanisha Groomes at the 2014 3WallBall Outdoor World Championships. Daskalakis is also one of the WPH’s top coaches, leading the WPH sponsored Harry Mellis Westside YMCA junior handball program in weekly clinics in Brooklyn and coaching JR WPH clinics across the country. Danielle is truly an ambassador in the world of handball, idolized and by junior players and revered by fans and peersRead much more here: https://wphlive.tv/18wphoutdoor/
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