Speculation mounts in handballing circles that Irishman Paul Brady may just be the greatest handballer of all time.
The Irishman won his sixth successive US Nationals Open Singles title in Texas last weekend. The event is considered in handballing to be the toughest event in the world, harder than even the world champioships, which Brady has also held since 2003.
This year’s tournament was also the second such one in which the Mullahoran man has left opponents unable to notch a double digit score against him. Many other records have tumbled before the handballing sensation.
And Brady has now moved to joint third in the nationals roll of honour behind eight-time winner David Chapman, whom he beat on the latter's 36th birthday last Saturday, and the Mexican Naty Alvarado Sr. Alvarado, known as El Gato ('The Cat'), who won elven titles in the 1980s and early 1990s.
He is aiming to beat the record of most Irish senior championship titles next year and already holds the most world titles.