2018-07-26 15:07:00 CEST
Beach Shorts: The week in the sands of the world
Here we are, beach volleyball fans! The A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch is set to start in less than a week and while we cannot wait to have beach volleyball back at the Danube Island, there’s a lot going on around the globe before it and the only place you can know about it is your column Beach Shorts.
Here is our weekly summary for you!
World Tour in three continents
Beach volleyball players have the opportunity to warm up for the Vienna Major this week as the World Tour is hosting events in three different continents. The highlight is the double-gender three-star tournament in Tokyo, the host city of the next Olympics. The tournament features 71 teams from 21 countries including some athletes that will compete in Vienna next week. Agadir, in Morocco, stages a two-star event, while Samsun, Turkey, hosts a one-star tournament.
Won our pool here in Tokyo!! 🔥👊 Little longer sleep for us tomorrow and playoff action in the afternoon!! 🙌 Great job today, @moritzpristauz !! 😘 #suppenkrieger
262 Likes, 3 Comments - Martin Ermacora (@martinermacora) on Instagram: "Won our pool here in Tokyo!! 🔥👊 Little longer sleep for us tomorrow and playoff action in the..."
National Tours in Europe
One week after the European Championships, several of the most relevant National Tours within the continent resume action. In Leipzig, the German Tour will have the seventh of its eight events, with Olympic champion Kira Walkenhorst teaming with veteran Elena Kiesling. The Swiss Tour has the fifth of seven tournaments running in Basel while the Dutch Tour has the 10 of 11 events in Vrouwenpolder.
Another final on the German National Tour. Getting used to playing defense - and i start liking it...
2,242 Likes, 3 Comments - Kira @ Laura (@lauraludwig_kirawalkenhorst) on Instagram: "Another final on the German National Tour. Getting used to playing defense - and i start liking..."
Ranghieri and Xue nearing return
Italian blocker Alex Ranghieri and Chinese star Chen Xue, who both sustained injuries during the season, are progressing towards their returns and posted encouraging video on their social media channels. The Net Patroller has done some activity on the sand, while the Olympic medalist Chen has lifted weights.
Slowly coming back ! @xseurope @emporioarmani @aeronautica.militare @oakley #EA7 #recovery #surgery #rehab
2,113 Likes, 39 Comments - Alex Ranghieri (@alexranghieri) on Instagram: "Slowly coming back ! @xseurope @emporioarmani @aeronautica.militare @oakley #EA7 #recovery..."
70 Likes, 10 Comments - 薛晨 (@chen_xueee) on Instagram: "It's time to come back😊"
Social media: Ricardo plays with his son
Brazilian legend Ricardo Santos is set to compete in Vienna’s country-quota but he had a pretty special moment before he boarded to the Austrian capital as he played a local tournament in Florida, where he lives, with his 21-year-old son Pedro. Could we see a father-and-son team on the Beach Major Series soon?
Esse final de semana foi muito especial , conseguir realizar mais um sonho em minha vida . Joguei ao lado do meu filho @pedrores um torneio aqui nos 🇺🇸. #filho #realizandosonhos #realizado #dtb...
In case you missed it
See you next week in Vienna!
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The week in the sands of the world
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