HEAD Penn’s Carson takes over top ranking

November 18, 2013

Garden City, Kansas — HEAD Penn’s Rocky Carson is the new No. 1 racquetball player in the World after winning the International Racquetball Tour event in Kansas this afternoon. Carson’s 18th career professional title propelled him into the top spot in the IRT’s World Rankings, year to date. Carson last held the No. 1 ranking in 2008. Including the Garden City event, Rocky has appeared in the finals of three of the four IRT events so far in the early 2013-2014 season. It took all five games, but the fourth time was the charm as Carson claimed the Turkey Shootout crown and his first pro stop victory of the season. The annual event in Garden City is in its 23rd year, making it one of the longest running tournaments in the country.

Rocky’s return to the No. 1 spot is yet another accomplishment in his already impressive racquetball career. Rocky has been a member of the USA Racquetball National Team for 13 consecutive years. He is also the only player in racquetball history to earn the “racquetball trifecta” by winning the USAR National Singles title, USAR National Doubles title and WOR Outdoor Nationals title in the same season (2006-2007). Carson won the 2007 US OPEN and is a three-time Gold Medalist in Men’s Singles at the World Racquetball Championships.

Rocky Carson now joins HEAD Penn’s Paola Longoria at the No. 1 ranking, each on their respective pro tours. Both players are coached by HEAD Penn’s Hall of Fame coach, Fran Davis.

HEAD Penn’s Tony Carson (no relation) reached the quarterfinals of the Turkey Shootout. To follow Rocky, Tony, Paola, and the rest of the HEAD Penn professionals, check out