2018-05-23 18:28:00 CEST
The Brazilian Olympic champion already has a new partner after his split with Alison
The Brazilian beach volleyball carrousel keeps spinning fast. Just a few hours after the end of his partnership with Alison Cerutti was announced, Bruno Schmidt already has a new partner confirmed.
Well, it’s not actually a new one, since they’ve played together before, but the Olympic champion will be sharing the courts with Pedro Solberg, who was his last partner before Alison. The new team will debut in the World Tour four-star event in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in the end of June.
Pedro, 32, and Bruno, 31, have played together between 2012 and 2013, when they won the Brazilian Tour and competed in 13 World Tour events, winning two golds, two silver and two bronze medals. They were also the under-21 world champions in 2006.
“I’m super excited to play with Bruno again,” Pedro told beachmajorseries.com. “He’s a great player, who accomplished a lot on his career, and it’s an honor to be by his side. He’s an Olympic and world champion, was the best player in the world recently and we’ve had some success before.”
Pedro, who has playing with George Wanderley in the 2018 season and finished fourth in the Fort Lauderdale Major, and Bruno join forces with the goal of competing for a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Both players played with different partners at the Rio 2016 Games, when Pedro and Evandro Goncalves finished ninth, while Bruno topped the podium with Alison.
“Our first goal is to qualify to the Tokyo Olympics, that’s for sure,” he added. “And we want to win a medal once we’re there. That’s the goal for both of us. He knows I didn’t win every title I wanted to on my career and I’m sure he’ll be by my side to help me achieving it.”
The split of Alison and Bruno is expected to impact some other Brazilian teams just a few months before the Olympic qualification process starts. In that scenario, Pedro and Bruno could possibly benefit from the chemistry they developed a few years ago.
To Pedro, however, it will take some time for them to regain the form they had in 2013.
“Of course it’s good to know that we had a good chemistry together and it helps us,” Pedro stated. “But it was a while ago and we’re looking to write a new story now. We need to show the chemistry is still there and we’ll need to work hard because Brazil has a handful of great athletes right now who will be competing for the Olympic berths.”
Good luck, guys! Looking forward to see you together again!