Dear Beach Volleyball Community

So far, we only knew a scenario like the current one from the fiction of various apocalypse movies. In reality, of course, none of us really have any idea how to deal with it. Only one thing unites us in this challenging time: the certainty that we have to put down everything that is not directly related to the elimination of the virus. A logical conclusion that, however, has a dramatic impact on all of us.

Experts are now predicting that the pandemic will peak in July and August. And that, in turn, means for us that currently, nobody can assume the responsibility to approach the implementation of the planned events with a clear conscience and with full conviction. After extensive discussions with the International Federation, our sponsors as well as partners and representatives from the cities of Vienna and Hamburg, we decided to cancel the two Major tournaments. And we can no longer contribute to the upgrade of the event in Gstaad.

We are sad to announce this decision. At the moment, we only have hope that the global crisis will soon subside and be under control. Then we will start the work to realize our events in 2021 with full energy and unwavering commitment.

My thanks go to everyone who has shared and supported our enthusiasm for beach volleyball over the past 25 years. I firmly believe that we will be able to provide proof of our subline again next year:

Goosebumps don't lie - See you @ the Beach!

Your Hannes Jagerhofer for the Beach Majors team
Founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series

2018-10-04 10:00:00 CEST

Young Brazilians top Qinzhou podium

Rebecca and Ana Patricia won their first World Tour gold in the three-star event in China

Ana Patricia and Rebecca hug after their victory in the gold medal match (Photocredit: FIVB)Ana Patricia and Rebecca hug after their victory in the gold medal match (Photocredit: FIVB)

Brazilians Rebecca Silva and Ana Patricia Ramos claimed their first-ever World Tour gold medals as the young duo topped the podium at the three-star event in Qinzhou, China, on Thursday. Americans Tri Bourne and Trevor Crabb were the winners among the men.

The Brazilians, who combine for just 20 World Tour appearances, faced Italian two-time Olympian Marta Menegatti and her partner Viktoria Orsi Toth, who recently returned to the sand, in the final and came from behind to post an 18-21, 21-15, 15-12 victory.

“I tried to use my strengths, which are spiking and serving,” Ana Patricia said. “When we lost the first set I just said to myself that I needed to make some adjustments and help to win this game, but for me Rebecca made the big difference.”

Rebecca, 25, and Ana Patricia, just 20, have both enjoyed successful youth careers – with the former winning a silver medal in the Under-21 World Championship and the latter claiming a pair of Under-21 world titles and the gold medal at the Youth Olympics. It was the fifth World Tour event for the team in 2018 and just the second main draw appearance.

Americans Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, who played together for the first time in Qinzhou, collected the bronze medal after they took Russian Olympians Ekaterina Birlova and Evgeniya Ukolova down in straight sets (21-16, 21-13).

A golden return for Bourne

Among the men, the gold medal match brought emotions to Bourne, who was making his return to the World Tour after 746 days. The American, who was diagnosed with a chronic inflammatory muscle disease, dermatomyositis, at the start of the 2017 season, returned in great form as him and Crabb took the gold medal home after a sound two-set (21-18, 21-9) triumph over Russia’s Taras Myskiv and Valeriy Samoday.

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Belgians Tom van Walle and Dries Koekelkoeren stepped onto a World Tour podium for the first time after they prevailed over Australians Cole Durant and Damien Schumann in straight sets (21-13, 21-13) in the bronze medal match.

“It’s a great feeling to win our first medal,” Koekelkoren commented. “We had a tough loss yesterday. We knew that we could beat the American team, but we did not have consistency and we made mistakes. We made a quick evaluation yesterday and tried to get our heads clear for this game because we knew Australia could play a great game.”

The World Tour remains in China for another week, now heading to the city of Yangzhou, which will host a double-gender four-star tournament from October 9-14.

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