! 2021 UPDATE !
Like so many other tour circuits, we’re working hard to re-start all of our scheduled competitions in the safest way possible. Keep this page bookmarked for all the latest updates, and we’ll do our best to get your favorite tournaments up-and-running … just as soon as we can! Right now, here’s what we’re working on …
The NMRA is finally coming back to St. Louis after a great event in 2016 and we’re really looking forward to a great time at The Vetta Club in Concord. Thanks to Dan Whitley and his crew, we’ll take over all ten of its panel-wall courts, plus you’ll get food and fun all week, our famous banquet slideshow at the host hotel and a great tournament shirt. When planning your itinerary, remember that ALL divisions play every day, including Saturday as late as 4:00 pm (depending on your division).
The River City Casino & Hotel is about ten miles from the club, and the Friday night banquet will be in its ballroom. You will find it easiest to stay at the host hotel, as there will be an free hourly shuttle … plus, it’s a CASINO … with six restaurants! Come out to the St. Louis area early to visit the famous Gateway Arch or even drive down to Branson. Can’t wait to see all our friends for a great weekend of competition!
July 8 – 11, 2021 | Chicago
NMRA International Championships
The NMRA had a great Lombard event in 2019 and we’re inviting you to return to Chicagoland early to get used to the courts, see some sights, and relax before competition ramps up. The club will be the famous Glass Court in Lombard, which is known for its three-glass-wall fishbowl court, where the professional players have competed for decades. Most courts are cement-walled with overhead viewing, so you’ll get to experience great competition from any angle over this four-day tourney. You’ll also enjoy food and fun all week, in addition to our famous banquet slideshow and a great tournament shirt.
Our host hotel will be the fan-favorite Embassy Suites Lombard Oak Brook, featuring famous hot breakfasts, free happy hour drinks and amazing hospitality, in addition to the spacious suites. Only 25 rooms are blocked off for us, so book early for an incredible deal, which includes shuttle service. The hotel is only two miles from the club, and the Saturday night banquet will be at the Embassy Suites ballroom. Thanks to Dan Jaskier and his crew for allowing us to use the landmark facility – and to local ISRA board members Geoff Peters and Cheryl Kirk who know the area well and can make recommendations to enhance your stay.
November 30 – December 2, 2021 | Portland, Oregon
51st NMRA Doubles Championships
We’ll have been at it for over 50 years – with round-robin, self-refereed competition – when we return to pull out all the stops on the west coast. It will be a special treat for NMRA to combine its annual Doubles-Only tournament with the Live Like John (Pelham) Foundation fundraiser and International Racquetball Tour pro stop. You’ll be able to play the NMRA tournament, then stay to watch the pros over the weekend – or even enter the amateur divisions of the IRT event while you’re at it. Mark your calendar for this one, to close out a remarkable (post-pandemic!) year.
Along with the legendary Multnomah Athletic Club showcase venue, top IRT pros and Wendell Pelham, we’ll celebrate among the best players in the sport and honor the fallen. John Pelham was an avid racquetball player who never returned from his deployment in Afghanistan, and Wendell honored his son by establishing the very special charity Live Like John. Our Thursday night banquet will include a fundraiser for the organization, featuring memorabilia and dog-tag court stickers available to honor and support your special servicemen and women during the IRT live streamed matches.