2018-05-25 21:04:00 CET
One day after the official announcement, the new Brazilian team is already preparing for the World Tour
Alison Cerutti and Andre Loyola know they don’t have time to waste. Less than 48 hours after the announcement that they would be teaming up for the remainder of the beach volleyball World Tour season, the Brazilians have already hit the sand together for the first time in Vitoria, where their training center is located.
Their first training session under the guidance of head coach Leandro Brachola was special for Andre, as the reigning world champion returned to his hometown after living in Rio de Janeiro for the past 16 months, where he was part of a strong team with Evandro Goncalves.
From 2013 to 2016 he practiced in the same place with Alison and his former partner Bruno Schmidt. Now, the 23-year-old player is reunited with his first beach volleyball coach and looking forward to start his first Olympic qualification process.
“I’m excited to be back at home and to be together with my family,” Andre said. “It’s great to be part of this amazing Olympic project with people like Alison and Leandro, who I know from a long time.”
“I have to thank Evandro and our coaching staff for all we accomplished, these will be great memories I’ll always carry with me. Know it’s time to work hard with focus and patience and give the first steps of what will be a long journey for Alison and me.”
At 32, Alison is now the veteran of the duo, a player with 12 World Tour season, two Olympic medals and two World Championships under his belt. The Rio 2016 champion has his former partner, the legendary Emanuel Rego, as a model for his new role.
“When I teamed with him I was the young guy who was eager to learn from a more experienced partner,” the Mammoth added. “And I can see Andre on that role now, a talented and very humble guy, who already has some important results, but is willing to work hard and improve. I hope I can help Andre the same way Emanuel did.”
The new team is expected to debut in the four-star World Tour event in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in the end of June, and to compete in the Beach Major Series tournaments in Gstaad and Vienna, besides of the World Tour Finals.