Rocky Carson, from Ladera Beach, California, reclaimed the title of the World’s #1 ranked men’s racquetball player after his victory at Michigan’s Red Swain Shootout on November 10th. Carson solidified his ranking with another top finish at the Garden City Turkey Shootout in Kansas on November 17th. Carson now holds a 188 point lead over #2 ranked Kane Waselenchuk, who has held the number one spot for the last four years. Carson last held the #1 ranking in 2008, a year in which he became the first man to hold the World Outdoor Championship, International Racquetball Federation (IRF; indoor)World Championship, and US Open titles simultaneously.
During the 2013-2014 season, Rocky Carson has appeared in the finals in three of four International Racquetball Tour (IRT) events, placing 1st in Michigan and Kansas and 2nd at the UnitedHealthcare U.S Open in Minneapolis in October.
Rocky Carson has been a member of the USA Racquetball National Team for 13 consecutive years. He was the first racquetball player to simultaneously hold the WOR Outdoor National Title, the USAR National Doubles Title and the USAR National Singles Title all in the 2006-2007 season. He also claimed the 2007 U.S. Open title and has won three gold medals in the Men’s Singles competition at the World Racquetball Championships.
Rocky Carson joins Paola Longoria, the World’s #1 ranked woman’s player, at the top of the IRT rankings. Both Carson and Longoria are coached by the legendary Hall of Famer Fran Davis, who along with Carson and Longoria, represents Head/Penn, one of racquetball’s top producer’s of high quality equipment.
New to Carson’s equipment bag this season are Court Grabbers® the World’s only “On-Court Traction System”. This innovative piece of equipment, developed by a York businessman and his son, allows an athlete or official to restore complete traction to their shoes while on the court, during play, without using the hands. While providing the highest level of on demand traction control, Court Grabbers® also eliminate the unhealthy habit of players wiping their shoes with their hands, often after licking their hands, to gain more traction. Carson, who had long been known for repeatedly wiping his shoes during his matches, has eliminated that practice from his game by using Court Grabbers®. Permitted for Play by the NCAA and National Federation of High Schools, Court Grabbers® are available online at the company’s site, www.courtgrabbers.com. They can also be followed on Twitter @courtgrabbers.
Visit http://www.www.courtgrabbers.com for more information.
Name: Steve McLaughlin
Organization: Court Grabbers