It's not every year a record is broken in the handball sport, but that's exactly what happened during the summer of 2016 when Brooklyn native Tyree Bastidas became the youngest 1-wall reigning champion to remain the # 1 seeded player in the USHA for a total of 312 weeks.
T. Bastidas captured the USHA national men's open singles title and the top-seeded spot in August 2010. Previously, Mr. Satish Jagnandan from the Bronx held that distinction.
It's been a long and arduous handball journey for Bastidas as he had to face five different finalists to capture the crown and to remain the top-seeded player.
For the first time in his handball career Bastidas remained the No 1 player for 312 weeks “It was something I wanted to do since I won my first singles title” Tyree said.
“Braking through 300 weeks was enough for me to be at peace with me. It's so hard to remain on top when everyone wants to take you down”
Indeed, remaining at the top for more than 300 weeks in any sport is not an easy task.
In tennis, Roger Federer holds the record for ATP total weeks as No 1 with 302 weeks while other legendary players came close to the 300 mark (Peter Sampras – 286, Ivan Lendl – 270, Jimmy Connors – 268). Current champion Novak Djokovic recently reached 223 weeks.
Tyree Bastidas' new record for total weeks as No 1 in the handball sport, is only a few more weeks than the tennis record.
In the future, handball players are going to have a hard time breaking Bastidas' new record as he keeps pushing the bar higher and higher. The 25-year-old knows he's a target wherever he plays, thrives on it and plays as smart as possible to perform his best at the highest level.
Tyree Bastidas' new record for total weeks as No 1: August 2010 to August 2016.
Ever wonder where to get Eye Guards when traveling through Mid America?
Sometimes we forget to bring our eye guards or lost them and broke them while traveling to compete in handball tournaments. But worry no more as you can get help from Mark Murphy from Evergreen Park, Illinois either by phone or in person at the 3-wall nationals held in Ohio during the Labor Day Weekend.
Mr. M. Murphy is also available to help anyone in need of eye guards during the best handball tournaments held in Chicago: The Rainbow Beach and the Annual LaGrange handball tournament. He's got a great variety of colors and styles to fit anyone from the juniors to the master divisions.
Photo above by Keith Thode : Merlo from Michigan with Mitchell and Gary Strauss.
Myth – First teenager to have reached the championship match at the USHA 3-wall championship match in either singles or doubles competition was Vince Munoz in 1986.
Fact – The first teenagers to have reached the championship match were Gary and Mitchell Strauss from New York. Both 17-year-old stunned the handball world by decimating every team on their way to the final where they lost to Lou Russo and Marty Decatur in 1968. Mr. Munoz wasn't even born when the brother's epic run took place.
Top Photo by Keith Thode.
Veteran Irish team Walsh and Gavin Buggy traveled to the USHA national competition to try to capture the crown that was won by an Irish team for the last time in 2010. Mr. Ducksy Walsh himself was part of the team that won that year.
The match could have been easily nicknamed either: U.S. vs Ireland or youth vs experience. In the end it turned out to be the latter as the Irish team prevailed over a much younger team. Team Walsh/Buggy had a combined age total of 90+ years while the younger team had a combined age total of 36 years. Nevertheless, the younger team of Bustos and Sullivan seems to be a serious contender to the crown and a threat to any team in the near future.
Congratulations to team Ducksy Walsh & Gavin Buggy.