This is exciting – we’re officially back in Illinois, and even though the Delta strain of COVID has us remaining cautious, we’re looking forward to hosting two of the biggest events of the season after successful events at the Glass Court Summerfest and the outdoor 3WallBrawl in late July and August, as well as the earlier one-day Singles and Doubles shootouts at Glass Court in May and June (respectively).
Coming up next is the 36.5th Annual KWM Gutterman Shamrock Shootout presented by Platt Hill Nursery. We’ll be competing September 23-26th at Glass Court in Lombard, featuring some really cool activities as part of the tournament:
- Thursday night Pro-Am Doubles with Sponsors and Juniors paired with Pros; Amateur play in select divisions starting at 6 pm
- Pro Singles and Doubles all day Friday, with Amateur play starting at 2 pm
- Stella Artois Glass Etching and Sean Cantorna Live in the Glass Court Lounge Saturday Night; Pro Doubles Finals on Saturday night on the Glass Court
- Junior Clinic and Pro Singles and Amateur Finals on Sunday
This is an opportunity to see the top IRT Pros in the world compete in both Singles and Doubles. Every amateur entrant and all juniors get free access to view all Pro matches the entire weekend. Last year’s event (the last IRT event before the pandemic shut down the tour) was won by World #1 Kane Waselenchuk over Alex Landa, while the Pro Doubles Champions were Daniel De La Rosa and Alvaro Beltran who beat Javier Mar and Rodrigo Montoya in the Finals. Andres Acuña took the Open Singles (which boasted 29 players from around the world), and we had over 180 entrants competing across all the divisions!
Don’t forget to put the 29th Annual LPRT Turkey Shoot on your calendar for November 18-21st, also to be competed at Glass Court. We were unable to have a 2020 event due to COVID, so this will be our first chance in two years to see the top LPRT Professional players compete in both Singles and Doubles. These ladies have put on a great show in the past, and we are planning on Sponsor Doubles for Thursday night and a full slate of events all weekend. Again, all amateur entrants and juniors will have free entry to view all Pro matches!!
Nationally, coming up in October are the UnitedHealthcare US OPEN in Minneapolis, October 6-10th and the 3 Wall Ball Championships in Las Vegas, October 20-24th. These are events that many Illinois players have competed in, and if you are looking for fun “road trips”, you should consider going. You won’t regret it!
We have the tentative National Events Calendar for 2022 posted to the right, and we are working on our State Championship dates and hope to have them confirmed soon so that you can plan ahead!
We look forward to seeing everyone back on the courts!
Thanks for your support, and hope to see you soon!
— Your ISRA Board of Directors