DF’s WPH Outdoor: By the Numbers

Posted on May 16 2016 - 7:38am by DV

outdoor blackThe WPH Outdoor Player’s Cup Tour started in 2012 and has hosted 26 Big Ball Handball events in California, Mexico, Nevada, and Utah in its first five seasons. WPH Outdoor has provided a platform for the greatest big ball handball stars in the world to showcase their talents on an international stage, with WPH Outdoor elite stars featured live on ESPN3 several times a year. WPH Outdoor elite stars also serve as role models and coaches to junior handball players at WPH Outdoor stops.

Let’s break down some of the WPH Outdoor stats and trends in the WPH Outdoor By the Numbers

1554440_847348845341555_4943059228116876354_nThe first WPH Outdoor event (under the name WPH Outdoor) was held in May of 2012 in Huntington Beach; even though the WPH started the tour in late 2009

WPH Outdoor has hosted 26 official ranking events since May of 2012

The youngest singles champion in WPH Outdoor history was Juan Santos, 17 years and 11 months

The largest junior clinics in WPH Outdoor history were the Venice Mega Clinic and 1-Wall Junior Shootout ’15 (85 junior players), the Back to School Bash Junior Clinics and 3-Wall Showdown (120 junior players), and the Vegas 3WallBall Outdoor Championships Junior Clinic and Tournament ’15 (75 junior players)

Juan Santos and Samzon Hernandez are tied with the most WPH Outdoor singles titles in the history of the tour (11)

The only players to win a WPH Outdoor men’s pro singles titles besides Santos and Hernandez as R. Ruiz (1), B. Medina (1), L. Valencia (1) and T. Gonzalez (1)

Juan Santos and Samzon Hernandez are the only players to be ranked #1 in men’s pro singles on the WPH Outdoor tour

1972445_232856660249336_1802379755_nAlfredo Morales has played in the most WPH Outdoor men’s pro singles finals without winning a title (4)

The oldest WPH Outdoor men’s pro singles champion is Lobo Valencia at the 2015 Venice Xrossover (34)

The WPH Outdoor has hosted 15 women’s pro singles events since May of 2012

Tanisha Groomes has won the most WPH Outdoor women’s singles titles (12)

The only players to have won a WPH Outdoor women’s singles title besides Groomes are A. Moler (1), T. Davis (1), and C. Casey (1)

Tracy Davis was the oldest WPH Outdoor pro singles champion in history (38 at the 2014 3WallBall Outdoor World Championships)

The youngest WPH Outdoor women’s pro singles champion in history was Catriona Casey at the 2015 Xrossover (21)

11022517_10153402178818799_2788532983814110580_oTimbo Gonzalez won the only 1-Wall pro singles WPH Outdoor ranking event in history (Downey ’16)

Marcos Chavez is the oldest WPH Outdoor singles finalist in history (42 at the Salt Lake City Aces ’16)

The only players to hold simultaneous rankings on the Race 4 Eight tour and the WPH Outdoor Tour are Marcos Chavez, Catriona Casey, Shorty Ruiz and Ashley Moler

10645125_493967104039630_1751003339573238940_nWPH Outdoor entries by the season:

Season I (2012)

Men’s singles players: 159

Men’s doubles teams: 113 (226 players)

Women’s singles players: 28

Women’s doubles teams: 5 (10 players)

Total men’s players: 385

Total women’s players: 38

Total players: 423


IMG_1089Season II (2013)

Men’s singles players: 155

Men’s doubles teams: 79  (158 players)

Women’s singles players: 35

Women’s doubles teams: 15 (30 players)

Total men’s players: 313

Total women’s players: 65

Total players: 378


tanSeason III (2014)

Men’s singles players: 148

Men’s doubles teams: 131 (262 players)

Women’s singles players: 31

Women’s doubles teams: 6 (12 players)

Total men’s players: 410

Total women’s players: 43

Total players: 453


get-attachment-3Season IV (2015)

Men’s singles players: 175

Men’s doubles teams: 112  (224 players)

Women’s singles players: 27

Women’s doubles teams: 6 (12 players)

Total men’s players: 399

Total women’s players: 39

Total players: 438


IMG_9951Season V (2016)

Men’s singles players: 98

Men’s doubles teams: 54 (108 players)

Women’s singles players: no events

Women’s doubles teams: no events

Total men’s players: 206

Total women’s players: no events

Total players: 206


10710301_10152760684428799_2305740495844591407_oTotal men’s players through 26 events: 1,713

Total women’s players through 15 events: 185

Total combined players: 1,898


Tanisha Groomes has won 12 of 14 WPH Outdoor women’s pro singles events in which she has entered (86%)

IMG_2623 - Version 2The only players to defeat Tanisha Groomes in WPH Outdoor women’s singles are Catriona Casey (Xrossover ’15) and Danielle Daskalakis (3WallBall Outdoor World Championships ’14)

Ashley Moler won the first WPH Outdoor women’s pro singles event at the Cinco de Mayo 3 Wall Big Ball Shootout ’12 (defeated Mel Sky)

Samzon Hernandez was ranked in the top two of the WPH Outdoor rankings from the start of the tour in May of 2012 until February of 2016

Juan Santos won the first WPH Outdoor men’s pro singles event at the Cinco de Mayo 3 Wall Big Ball Shootout ’12 (defeated R. Ruiz)

Tanisha Groomes has faced match point and won seven times in WPH Outdoor women’s singles matches (most in WPH Outdoor history)