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The Return of Kane Waselenchuk

May 13th, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

Kane Waselenchuk’s two year absence from the pro racquetball tour has seen two new IRT year-end champions crowned, and one new victor to the sport’s premiere event, the US OPEN.  As of June 2008, Kane Waselenchuk is again eligible to compete in events sanctioned by the International Racquetball Federation (IRF), and more importantly, USA Racquetball (as USAR sanctions all IRT events).  Many anticipate Kane will immediately return to the top spot in the sport, while others speculate that he’ll need some play time to get his game back on par with “big boys”.

Kane has been sporadically participating in regional exhibition events in Texas, but gets the opportunity to “level” his skills in just two days during a non-sanctioned event against Jason Mannino.  His next stop will be in Arlington, TX where he will complete against all the top ranked IRT pros in a Tier 2 … .  Hmm, just as I am writing this, it looks like the Arlington event has been “downgraded” to a one-day shootout as part of the “Triple Crown” in Texas.  Damn!  I guess if you want to see Kane play prior to his official comeback during the 2008-2009 season, you’ve got to go the “Battle of the Champions” versus Jason Maninno.

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I think many people were really looking forward to see how Kane’s game has changed after being gone for two years, and now we’ll have to wait for a few more months to see how he holds up for a full-fledged event.  This is going to be a long off-season!

The other unknown is Kane’s new equipment for the up-coming year.  He has started a relationship with Pro Kennex for his own racquet, the Krowning Moment.  Little is known about where the racquets will be sold, specs, etc.

Related posts:

  1. Kane Waselenchuk Signs With Pro Kennex
  2. Battle of Champions – The Return of Kane
  3. Officially Official – Kane Waselenchuk Signs with ProKennex
  4. KANE WASELENCHUK THREE-PEATS AS #1!
  5. 2007 – US Open: Kane Waselenchuk

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2 Comments.

  • 1. Joseph Palazzo | July 8th, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Hi,

    I am predicting that Kane will rise to the top once again by the time of the US Open! I have herd the buzz from other people that Kane is hungry and when the king is hungry he has to eat. Eating will entail poeple like Jack and Rocky as much as i love rocky and so does my WIFE!! However i also know Cliffe is back and is starving to come back, so this will be a battle royal between to monumental lefty’s of the game. My prediction as much as i love Cliffe is Kane! He is younger and as talented as Cliff or any other on tour.
    Sincerely
    Joe Palazzo

  • 2. Joseph Palazzo | July 8th, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Rocky, My wife say’s ” GOOD LUCK!” I am also pulling for you buddy! Ill see you in NEW YORK!!
    Joe Palazzo

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