Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best Racquetbol players from Latin America and the Americas during the XVIII edition of the Pan American Games.
Racquetbol is a sport similar to squash as it is also played on an indoor court, with four walls and a roof. Competitors use wide-head, short-handled rackets to hit a medium-sized rubber ball against the walls and ceiling. The ball must not touch the ground before reaching the front wall. The objective is to hit the ball against the front wall so the opponent cannot return it. The ball can only hit the floor once. Before the second bounce, the player must hit the ball and it must reach the front wall, or frontis. In Racquetbol, individual and double matches are played.
Dominating this sport, Mexico obtained four gold, one silver and two bronze medals in different events at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, thus repeating the success it had at Guadalajara 2011, where the Azteca country took home five gold medals.
Racquetbol’s roots date back to 1949 Connecticut when local tennis pro and squash and handball player, Joseph Sobek, looked for a way to make handball less hard on the hands. It was not until 1968 that the sport became known as Racquetbol.
Racquetbol has been contested at the Pan Am Games since the Mar del Plata 1995 Pan Am Games.
Kill shot: A ball that hits the front wall three inches above the floor or lower and, as a result, is unable to be returned by the opponent.
Service box: Where a player must stand in order to make his/her serve.
Short line: The back edge of the short line is midway between the front and back walls.