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The 2018/19 Race 4 Eight 8 hosted its third event of the nine-event R48 8 season at the 2018 Portland R48 at the Multnomah Athletic Club, featuring one of the deepest fields in R48 history. The 2018 Portland R48 8 featured the 51st Race 4 Eight event in the eight-year history of the tour since the first Race 4 Eight stop in 2011 at the Plummer Bash in Coeur d’Alene, ID, producing the third different R48 champion of the season in as many events and the second first-time R48 champion of the season.

2018/19 Race 4 Eight 8 Fun Facts

Through three event s on the 2018/19 Race 4 Eight season, a number of interesting stats are starting to emerge. Check out the 2018/19 R48 8 Fun Facts below.

  • The Invited 8 are a combined 21-3 against the qualifiers in the round of 16 through three events on the R48 8 Men’s Pro
  • Daniel Cordova (6: current), Luis Cordova (6), and Sean Lenning (6) have held the longest winning streaks on the 2018/19 R48 8 tour
  • In the first three 2018/19 R48 8 stops, only the top five in the R48 rankings have advanced to a R48 8 semifinal
  • There have been three different R48 champions in three events this season (Lucho Cordova, Sean Lenning, Danos Cordova) and two first-time R48 champions (Lucho, Danos)
  • Catriona Casey won her 16th WR48 title in 18 WR48 events in Tucson ’18 and now holds the maximum number of WR48 ranking points (25)
  • Through three R48 8 Men’s Pro events, there have been five different semifinalists
  • The first two R48 8 events have produced four different finalists: Atlanta: L. Cordova/D. Cordova, Tucson: Lenning/Carroll. The last time there were four different finalists in back to back events were New Orleans’16 (Brady/Carroll) and Houston ’16 (Lenning/Ortiz)
  • With his win in the SR48 Tucson ’18, David Fink has now won three of his four career SR48 starts. Fink has also finished third on the R48 Men’s pro bracket in all three of his SR48 wins
  • Shorty Ruiz qualified for a record 11th straight R48 event at the R48 8 Portland ’18. Ruiz has qualified by the minimum margin three times in his 11-event streak, 25-23 twice and 15-13 in the tiebreaker once (McCrystal Tucson ’17, Streibig Vegas ’18, Beall 15-13 tiebreaker Portland ‘18), and by the maximum margin, 25-0, once (Svennungsen Salt Lake City ’18). Yes, donuts are celebrated on the R48
  • The last four R48 Men’s Pro events have been won by players from three different countries: Carroll: Ireland (Salt Lake City ’18), L. Cordova: Mexico (Atlanta ’18), Lenning: United States (Tucson ’18), D. Cordova: United States (Portland ’18)
  • Club members have won the first two R48 8 Men’s Pro events: L. Cordova (Recreation Atlanta), Lenning (Tucson Racquet Club)—from Joe Hagen
  • The last four R48 events have been won by four different players (Carroll, L. Cordova, Lenning, D. Cordova). The last time four consecutive events featured four different champions was 2016/17 (Brady, Carroll, McCarthy, Ortiz, Moreno)
  • Since making three consecutive R48 finals in 2016/17, David Fink has lost five consecutive semifinal matches
  • Since welcoming his baby daughter Emilia to his family, Emmett Peixoto has finished between tenth and third in his seven starts as a father
  • After advancing to the finals of Atlanta ’17, the semifinals of Tucson ’17, and the finals of Montana ’18, Mando Ortiz has not finished better than sixth in the last seven Race 4 Eight events
  • With his victory at the Tucson Memorial ’18, Sean Lenning tied Killian Carroll for the R48 Men’s Pro #1 ranking, marking the first time since Salt Lake City ’17 that Carroll has not held the sole #1 ranking. Carroll reclaimed the #1 R48 ranking after Portland ‘18
  • [048A7182-300x169]Danos Cordova has appeared in three of the last five R48 finals (one title: Portland ’18)
  • Since the start of the 2017/18 R48 7 season, Luis Cordova and Killian Carroll are the only players to advance to the quarterfinals of all 10 stops
  • 7 of the 8 players in the ATP Tennis top 8 are 30+; 4 players in the R48 Elite 8 are 30+. Roger Federer (37) is the oldest player in the ATP top 100, David Fink (41) is the oldest player in the R48 Elite 8
  • The average age of the R48 Elite 8 is 30.75; the average age of the ATP Tennis top 8 is 29.75
  • The average age of the WR48 “Fab” 4 is 31.75 with 3 of 4 of the “Fab 4” 30+; the average age of the WTA Tennis top 4 is 27.25 with 1 of the 4 in her 30’s
  • The average age of the “Fab 4” on the 40+ SR48 tour is 43.5; youngest: Fink (41), oldest: Harris (47)
  • Vic Perez won the fifth place playoffs in consecutive events (Salt Lake City ’18, Atlanta ’18), boosting PVic’s ranking to a then career-high #7. Perez added another 5th place finish in Portland ’18, pushing PVic to a career-best #6 R48 ranking
  • Luis Cordova won three tiebreakers in four matches (Langmack, Fink, D. Cordova) en route to winning his first R48 title in Atlanta ’18 and came within four points of his second consecutive final at the 2018 Tucson Memorial, losing his first tiebreaker of the season to Sean Lenning, 11-15 in the Tucson ’18 semifinals
  • Ciana Ni Churraoin advanced to her second WR48 final (NYAC ’15) in her first WR48 start in 18 months following knee surgery
  • David Fink and Marcos Chavez have played in the last four SR48 finals, with Fink winning three and Chavez winning one
  • Tyler Hamel finished third in his first SR48 start in more than two years at the 2018 Tucson Memorial
  • George Garcia Jr. reached a career-high #3 SR48 ranking after finishing third at the 2018 Tucson Memorial
  • Jennifer Hinman (OR) and Leslie Amminson (CAN) earned WR48 rankings for the first time by finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, at the 2018 Tucson Memorial
  • Ashley Moler finished fourth at the 2018 Tucson Memorial, boosting her WR48 ranking to a career-high #3
  • At 41 years, 9 months, Tracy Davis is the oldest player to be ranked in the top two (#2) on the R48 or WR48 tour
  • Leo Canales, Sr. (MEX) finished fourth in his first SR48 start since 2014, defeating George Garcia (#3) in the quarterfinals to earn a spot in the SR48 top 8 (#7)
  • Leo Canales Sr. is the only player to have appeared on ESPN3 and not won one point (15-0, 15-0 SR48 semifinal loss at the 2018 Tucson Memorial)
  • Of the 11 players currently ranked on the WR48, three are moms (Davis, Peixoto de Melo, Hinman) with one expecting (Entzeroth). Davis is the highest ranked mom on the WR48 (#2)
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Of the 36 ranked players on the R48, nine are dads. Lucho Cordova is the highest ranked dad (#4)

R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 51 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011-2018, the Race 4 Eight has produced sensational tournaments, memorable matches, dominant champions and inspiring stories, all broadcast live on race4eight.com and the WatchESPN App. Read below for fun facts and trends from the first seven+ years on the most exciting indoor pro handball tour in the sport.

  1. In 51 Men’s Race 4 Eight Pro events, there have been 10 different champions and 15 different finalists. Of the 15 different finalists, nine have been from the U.S., five from Ireland, and one from Mexico

8 U.S. finalists: Moreno, Ortiz, Nett, Lenning, Alvarado, Al. Garner, Fink, Peixoto, D. Cordova

5 Irish finalists: McCarthy, Brady, Nash, Shanks, Carroll

1 Mexican finalist: L. Cordova


  1. The R48 Men’s Pro season 1 featured six different finalists in eight events from the U.S. and Ireland (U.S.: Moreno, Alvarado, Lenning, Al. Garner), Ireland: McCarthy, Shanks). The R48 2 season featured one new finalist (Brady), the R48 3 season featured three new finalists (Ortiz, Peixoto, Nash), The R48 4 featured one new finalist (Nett), the R48 5 featured one new finalist (Carroll), and the R48 6 featured two new finalists (Fink, L. Cordova). There was one new finalist on the R48 7 (D. Cordova). Through one event on the R48 8, there have been zero new finalists (two new champions: Luis Cordova, Daniel Cordova)


  1. Of the 38 players currently ranked on the Men’s Pro R48 tour, four countries are represented
  • United States: 25
  • Ireland: 7
  • Mexico: 5
  • Canada: 1


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Of the 25 U.S. R48 pros currently ranked, eight states are represented
  • California (9): Peixoto, Ortiz, M. Chavez, Perez, Collado, Torres, Garcia, Jr., Cortez, McGrath
  • Arizona (4): Moreno, Fink, Montijo, Ruiz
  • New York (1): Iglesias
  • Texas (1): Al. Garner, Bernhard
  • Oregon (2): Beall, Aa. Garner
  • Washington (1): Lenning
  • Iowa (1): Pesch
  • Tennessee (1): Mattioni
  • Missouri (2): Langmack, Esser
  • Illinois (1): D. Munson
  • Minnesota (1): Stoffel

*Although several U.S. based R48 Pros were born in other countries, the R48Pros listed above live in these U.S. states

Read many many more Fun Facts here: https://wphlive.tv/thus-far-r48pro-facts-trends/

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