Paola Longoria Chooses the Riviera Maya for International Event
The five-time world racquetball champion is looking to put Playa del Carmen on her professional tour line-up
Paola Longoria, five-time world racquetball champion, and the first woman in the world to achieve this goal, is coming to Playa. She told The Playa Times that she is looking to include Playa del Carmen in her professional tour for the remainder of 2015 and the future.
A recent gold medalist in the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games, Longoria said that they are discussing the possibility with local businesses and one option is Mamitas Beach. Longoria joked, “Those who live here should feel privileged, as God came here to rest on the seventh day.”
She said that she is looking to hold a local tournament on her 2015 tour, possibly in December. If not December, she will look to hold one during her 2016 tour, but “we want to make it an established date.”
2015 was an important year for Longoria. She won two world titles simultaneously; individually and in doubles, being the first woman in the world to do this. Additionally, she is ranked first in the world, something that she previously achieved during the 2009-2010 season. She maintained this ranking for three consecutive seasons.
Without a doubt, it was truly spectacular to see her at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games, draped in the national flag after becoming a Pan American Game champion in individuals, doubles, and groups.
Longoria, originally from San Luis Potosi, is characterized by her semi-left strike, not often used in racquetball. She is the only person to use this style, and it appears to be paying off. She is the most highly ranked player in the world for the last three seasons. She has won titles in 48 tournaments of the highest ranking.