World’s top wallbangers to compete at Stratosphere

A parking lot on Las Vegas Boulevard is the center of the racquetball and handball worlds this week as the first World 3 Wall Ball Championships is held Sept. 23-26.

Ten outdoor courts have been constructed in front of the Stratosphere to host the richest outdoor event in the history of both sports, with more than $35,000 in prize money on the line.

Many of the world’s leading players, including top-ranked man Rocky Carson of Santa Maria, Calif., and No. 1-ranked woman Paola Longoria of Mexico, are expected to compete among the field of 600 players. Bret Harnett of Henderson, ranked No. 112 in the world, is the top local racquetball player slated to play.

The event, presented by World Outdoor Racquetball and World Players of Handball, is the first to combine both sports. Besides the professional division, there are amateur categories for men, women and junior players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

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