The IRF World Senior Doubles is
modeled after the WSRC (World Senior Racquetball
Championships)which has been held annually in Albuquerque, New
Mexico USA since 1985. In 1989, the IRF placed its mark
on the event, and it became the most important fundraiser for the
IRF and its 'Olympic Dream' campaign at that time. Erik Meyer
approached me after having participated in the Albuquerque event
and asked if I would be interested in holding a 'doubles only' for
players over 35 years of age as well.
While using the WSRC theme, the
doubles would move annually to locations around the world.
The first WSD was held in Paris,
France in 2000. For some inexplicable reason the next WSD was
not helduntil 2007! Host cities have included:
Hamburg, Germany; San Luis Potosi, Mexico; Vancouver, Canada; Dun A
Ri, Republic of Ireland; and Santa Fe, New Mexico USA. The
plan for 2012 is to hold the event in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Some envision a grand 'senior'
tourney having singles, doubles, and mixed doubles together.
While the concept is great, the
reality is that quality of play around the world has improved
dramatically over the past decade. Having three categories of
events simultaneously splinters play across age groups. For
those who elect to enter two or three categories, their play
becomes compromised over a few days and the chance for injury is
heightened. Having the WSD as a separate tournament allows
for a more sensible draw and better competition. It also
brings in new players, allows for world-wide travel, and the
opportunity to meet and greet new friends. Finally, the
tourney can be held at locations where a small number of courts
WSD MENS DRAW - WSD MIXED DRAW - WSD WOMENS DRAW