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Puertas
Still Tops List for USA Men’s Selection "Grand Prix" Points

Julian Illingworth,
national titleholder, stands at #4 in the USSRA rankings.
(Photo
© 2005 by Ron Beck)

The USSRA has
released its lastest USA Men’s rankings and "Grand Prix" point
standings for March 21st 2005. Jamie Crombie retains
the USA #1 position despite a disappointing outing at the SL Green US
Nationals, while Julian Illingworth moves up to fourth
on the strength of his win at the Nationals. Illingworth is third in the
all-important Grand Prix ratings, which will be used for the selection
of the Men’s Pan American Games team.

Michael Blumberg,
a Harvard senior who holds dual Canadian and USA citizenship, appears
in the rankings for the first time at # 16. His true ranking position
is probably within the top ten.

The USSRA has
continued its commitment to rapidly updated ranking, by issuing these
new rankings only one day after the conclusion of the US Nationals.

The next selection
event which will impact the rankings will be in Richmond Virginia, April
7-10. A playoff for the US Men’s team will be held in San Diego at the
newly opened squash club there on May 15 to 17th.

The US Men’s
rankings are based on a formula that rewards players for play in USSRA
sanctioned open-level tournament. It rewards each win and provides particular
ranking rewards for head-to-head wins over higher ranking players.

The Grand Prix
selection points are based on a different system, which awards a player
points for each round reached in specifically designated US selection
events ("Grand Prix events".) The selection events so far have
been in Cincinatti (November), Boston (December), and Greenwich (January).

These rankings
have been defined by the USSRA as only open to US citizens. The USSRA
rankings are issued by the USSRA rankings committee.

USSRA USA Men’s
Open National Rankings, Mar 21 2005:

Mar
21, 2005

Player
Last
Position
(Feb ’05)
Current
Grand Prix Position
1. Jamie
Crombie
[1] [2]
2. Preston
Quick
[3] [4]
3. Michael
Puertas
[2] [1]
4. Julian
Illingworth
[5] [3]
5. Damian
Walker
[4] [16]
6. Christopher
Gordon
[6] [5]
7. Tim
Wyant
[7] [6]
8. Ryan
Donegan
[10] [11]
9. Richard
Chin
[9] [8]
10 Beau
River
[10] [7]
11. Dylan
Patterson
[11] [9]
12. Ben
Oliner
[13] [10]
13. Pat
Malloy
[12] [15]
14. Steven
Scharff
[14] [14]
15. Friday
Odeh
[15] [12]
16. Michael
Blumberg
[-]
[18]
17. Mark
Froot
[-] [13]
18. Michael
Semprucci
[17] [13]
19. Josh
Schwartz
[16] [15]
20. Eric
Cristiansen
[-] [25]
       




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