There is no doubt Tyree’s 1-wall handball skills are his weapon of choice while on the court. We have always said; one can take a game or two from Tyree, but don’t try to take him down during a tiebreaker. You‘ll be sorry you did.
This has been the case since 2008, when Tyree debuted in the 1-wall men's open singles as a teen, and players had taken him to the tiebreaker with the hope of breaking him down. They all failed.
Tyree Bastidas is the only player in the Association to have remained undefeated in tiebreakers (1-wall) the longest at the nationals. He is definitely the youngest player in the Association to have captured his first national open singles title, while remaining undefeated in tiebreakers the longest in any handball code (1-, 3- & 4-wall).
Actually, he is always playing handball. The only time he doesn’t play handball is at night, when he composes and plays music all the way into the wee hours of the morning.
Bastidas’ hobby has always been about music. He sits at home all-night and creates music on his own. He’s been doing it for the past five years where he’s been building his own music library and delivering better music as time goes on.
“Anybody could do it” Tyree said.
“But you have to have patience to match the notes correctly to create a sound”
The night is the only time he has for his hands to take a break from handball
Photo by Keith Thode
It’s the only handball tournament in the world that offers 1-, 3-, and 4-wall handball competition. All the best players in the world showed up to this tournament.
Record participation: The tournament registered the most players in 2013.
A new record: The Irish players have captured six out of eight men’s open singles titles.
Most winnings: Paul Brady.
Name change: This tournament has gone through different names:
Naty Alvarado Halloween Open
Simple Green U.S. Open Of Handball
Simple Green U.S. Open Of Handball and 23rd Annual Naty Alvarado Handball Classic.
Current USHA National champions who attended SGUO (men):
1-wall (small ball) – Singles - Tyree Bastidas –New York
3-wall (small ball) – Singles - Tyree Bastidas – New York
4-wall (small ball) – Doubles - Tyree Bastidas – New York
1-wall (big ball) – Singles - Timothy Gonzalez – New York
1-wall (big ball) - Doubles – Timothy Gonzalez – New York
1-wall (big ball) – Doubles – Tywan Cook – New York
1-wall (small ball) – Doubles – Giovani Vazquez – New York
3-wall (small ball) – Doubles – Sean Lenning - Washington
4-wall (small ball) – Singles – Paul Brady - Ireland
4-wall (small ball) – Doubles – Nick Nahorniack –Illinois
Simple Green U.S. Open Of Handball champions.
2006 – P. Brady
2007 – P. Brady
2008 – T. Healy
2009 – P. Brady
2010 – A. Garner
2011 – R. McCarthy
2012 – P. Brady
2013 – L. Moreno.
Bastidas, who as a teen used to roam the country looking to capture national titles, has always envisioned capturing open titles in all three codes in the same year. Well, his dream came through this year as he stunned the handball community on September 28, when he won three open titles in three handball versions in less than three months.
On a cold day during the month of October, we asked Tyree: How does it feel to be the U.S. champion when you step on the court?
“I have mixed feeling about it. Before I won these honors, I felt like a hunter aiming high to capture these titles, but now I find myself on the other side of the fence, and I feel like everybody is after me, chasing their own dreams and aiming for my titles”
Bastidas is right, he knows those feelings. He’s been there before.
Photos above: Tyree's gloves and goggles by OWEN and Albert Apuzzi.
Jurell's gloves and goggles by USHA and Albert Apuzzi. Shirt by WPH
The Toledo Fives 1-wall tournament offered in Toledo along the USHA 3-wall nationals during the Labor Day weekend came to an end during All Soul’s Day on November 2.
The 1-wall event made its debut in 2012 thanks to the generosity of a New York Anonymous Donor who wants to promote 1-wall beyond New York.
Players from 3-and 4-wall handball versions had the option to play the best 1-wall players, and the rare opportunity to win the prize-money offered in both divisions: singles and doubles.
Tyree and Jurell Bastidas reached the final game by beating some of the best players of the game in Toledo, but were unable to finish the final game as they were extremely exhausted after playing in the 3-wall singles and doubles championship matches.
Tyree defeated his big brother after Jurell blew a big lead on the game (12-2). The final score of 21-17 reflects how close the game was at the end as it could have gone to either player.
Congratulations to both brothers.