2018-03-05 20:17:00 CET
Dalhausser/Lucena, Lupo/Nicolai and Samoilovs/Smedins will try to keep the good momentum in Doha
The medalists of the men’s tournament of the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Major won’t have much time to enjoy their achievements as USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, Italy’s Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai and Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins will all hit the sand again this Wednesday, when they make their debuts in the World Tour four-star event in Doha, Qatar.
Dalhausser and Lucena won the last two Beach Major Series tournaments they played at, the 2017 World Tour Finals, in Hamburg, and the #FTLMajor, and they are planning to be on the top of the podium again in Qatar on Saturday.
“Hopefully we can keep this level up there and win another one,” Dalhausser said shortly after their victory in Fort Lauderdale.
The short time of rest and the long trip to Doha, though, are two of the factors the medalists will have to deal when they start playing in the beautiful Katara Cultural Village.
“It won’t be easy to go there and play at our best shortly after having played seven matches in Fort Lauderdale,” Smedins told us. “Physically we certainly won’t be at our best, but we’ll have a good momentum after winning a medal and we’ll try to use it as a motivation.”
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Other top teams in the World Tour will also be in contention for the medal in Doha, including last year’s Gstaad Major’s silver medalists Bartosz Losiak and Piotr Kantor of Poland, 2017 World Championships bronze medalists Nikita Liamin and Viacheslav Krasilnikov of Russia and 2013 world champions Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands. Qualification starts on Tuesday.
Keep up the good shape until the Gstaad Major, guys!