Mike Green (racquetball)
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Mike Green Racquetball
Mike Green
Mike Green at 2006 World Racquetball Championships.jpg
Green at 2006 Worlds
Personal information
NationalityCanadian
Born (1973-08-22) August 22, 1973 (age 46)
Burlington, Ontario
ResidenceBurlington, Ontario
Sport
SportRacquetball
Achievements and titles
National finals1st Singles: 2002-04, 2006, 2008, 2010-13, 2016-2017; 1st Doubles: 2000, 2004-07, 2010-2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
Highest world ranking6th

Mike Green (born August 22, 1973) is a Canadian retired[1][2]racquetball player from Burlington, Ontario. Green set the record for Men's Singles Canadian Championships at 11 in 2017, which broke a tie he had with Sherman Greenfeld. He also won 10 Men's Doubles Canadian Championships, and together those 21 Canadian titles are the most for a Canadian man.[3]

Professional career

Green's career high professional ranking was 8th at the end of the 2003-04 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) season. Green's ranking is the second highest ever by a Canadian player behind Samuel Murray except for Kane Waselenchuk and fourth best for a non-American behind Waselenchuk and Mexicans Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa.

Green has reached the semi-finals of IRT Tier 1 or Grand Slam events seven times, and those all occurred over the four season period from 2000-01 to 2003-04, when he was playing most of the IRT tournaments. Since then he has only played a few tournaments each season and not gotten past the Round of 16.[4]

International career

Green has made 28 appearances on Team Canada beginning in 1996, and that's the most appearances by a Canadian men's player. He's won gold medals thrice: in singles at the 2012 and 1999 Pan American Racquetball Championships and in doubles with Tim Landeryou at the 2010 Pan American Championships.[5] Green was also part of Team Canada that won the overall team title at the 2000 World Championships, which is the only time the USA has not won that title.

In addition, Green earned medals on eight other occasions. Most recently Green and Vincent Gagnon won silver at the 2014 World Championships,[6] which was his second silver at Worlds as he and Landeryou won silver at the 2010 World Championships. Green also got silver at the 2003 Pan American Games[7] in singles and at the 2002[8]World Championships in doubles with Mike Ceresia.

Green finished with bronze medals from the Pan American Racquetball Championships in doubles in 2006[9] with Brian Istace and in 2011 with Kris Odegard and in singles in 2007.[10] Green also came home with bronze in doubles from both the 2002 World Championships (with Tom O'Brien) and 2006 World Championships (with Brian Istace).[11]

Green also represented Canada at the 2009 World Games.

Canadian career

Green has been Canadian Men's Singles Champion 11 times. His last title was in 2017, when he defeated Samuel Murray in Brossard, Québec, 12-15, 15-12, 12-10, in the final.[12] Green also won Men's Doubles in 2017, as he partnered with Trevor Webb. They beat Nicolas Bousquet and Tommy Murray in the final, 10-15, 16-14, 13-11.[13] In 2016, Green defeated Tim Landeryou 15-6, 15-8, in the final.[14] His previous titles came in 2002, 2003,[15] 2004, 2006, 2008,[16] 2010, 2011,[17] 2012,[18] and 2013[19] - and Doubles Champion eight times - in 2000 with Mike Ceresia, 2004 with Tom O'Brien, 2005-2007[20] with Brian Istace and 2010 and 2011[21] with Kris Odegard, and 2013 with Coby Iwaasa.[22] Green's 21 combined Canadian titles is second only to Jennifer Saunders's 24.[3]

Personal life

Green has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. He sells real estate in Hamilton.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Mike Green Announces Retirement from National Team Competition". SIRC. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b Radley, Scott. "After 21 national titles, Hamilton racquetball legend Mike Green is retiring. Maybe". Hamilton Spectator. Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Canadian National Champions". www.racquetball.ca. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "ProRacquetballStats.com Racquetball History and Statistical Database". www.bossconsulting.com. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "SIRC News Hub - SIRC". www.sirc.ca. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "SIRC News Hub - SIRC". www.sirc.ca. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "2003 Pan Am Games". cbc.ca. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "RACQUETBALL - International Racquetball Federation - IRF". internationalracquetball.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "SIRC News Hub - SIRC". www.sirc.ca. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "SIRC News Hub - SIRC". www.sirc.ca. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "Men's Doubles Individual Gold Single Elimination - Racquetball - 13th IRF World Championships 2006". www.r2sports.com. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Mike Green Sets Two Canadian Records at Canadian Championships". SIRC. SIRC. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "Morissette & Richardson Top Women, Green & Webb Top Men in Doubles at Canadian Championships". SIRC. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "Men's Singles Open Gold Single Elimination - Racquetball - Racquetball Canada 2016 Nationals". www.r2sports.com. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "SIRC News Hub - SIRC". www.sirc.ca. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "SIRC News Hub - SIRC". www.sirc.ca. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "SIRC News Hub - SIRC". www.sirc.ca. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ "SIRC News Hub - SIRC". www.sirc.ca. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "SIRC News Hub - SIRC". www.sirc.ca. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ "SIRC News Hub - SIRC". www.sirc.ca. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "SIRC News Hub - SIRC". www.sirc.ca. Retrieved 2017.
  22. ^ "SIRC News Hub - SIRC". www.sirc.ca. Retrieved 2017.

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