This article appeared on January 10, 2018.
The World Racquetball Tour (WRT) kicks off its 2018 season in Austin, Texas with the Longhorn Open. There’s a full draw of 32 players led by 2017 WRT Player of the Year David Horn, and with several good players outside the top four seeds.
Indeed, the path to the final for WRT #2 Rodrigo Montoya is unenviable. First off he’ll play Taylor Knoth – a former World Junior and USA Racquetball Intercollegiate Champion – in the Round of 32. A win over Knoth will likely put Montoya up against Edson Martinez – a former Mexican National Team member – in the Round of 16. The winner of that will probably need to play either 7th seed Jaime Martell – a WRT event winner – or 10th seed Javier Mar, the current Pan American Champion, in the quarterfinals.
Then if Montoya has successfully made it through the quarters he’ll likely face one of 3rd seed Andree Parrilla, 6th seed Gerardo Franco, 11th seed Jose Diaz or 14th seed Sebastian Fernandez. Then, Horn could be waiting for Montoya in the final.
If Montoya wins the 2018 Longhorn Open, he will have earned it.[Read More There Now!]