2019-09-02 21:28:00 CET
After splitting with Vitor, the Brazilian will debut his new team with Oscar this week at the World Tour Finals
Brazilian veteran Pedro Solberg is set to play with his third different partner in 2019 as the Rio 2016 Olympian is entered with 34-year-old defender Oscar Brandao to compete at the World Tour Finals this week in Rome.
Pedro, who became the youngest World Tour champion ever at the age of 22 back in 2008, started the season with Olympic champion Bruno Schmidt and was looking for a partner since he split with Vitor Felipe in August.
He found one in Oscar, who has played in 24 World Tour events since 2011 having won two gold medals, and most recently finished seventh at the 2019 Pan-American Games with Thiago Barbosa.
“It will certainly be a great pleasure to play with Pedro,” Oscar told beachmajorseries.com. “I’m going through a very special moment in my career and it will be amazing to have him by my side now. We know each other since we were 12 when we played indoors for the same club and we have played against each other so many times since then. Despite of that, we’re good friends and that certainly helps a lot.”
The Brazilians will play in the qualifier of the World Tour Finals on Wednesday and they will do so with very limited training time. Pedro and Oscar practiced just three times in Rio de Janeiro before they flew to the Italian capital, where they would still play some friendlies with other teams.
They hope that their friendship and the limited time they’ve spent together on the court will be enough to put them in position for a good finish at the Foro Italico.
“We were actually preparing to debut in the Brazilian Tour at the end of the month, but we thought that would be a good opportunity to test our team and we decided to take our chances,” Oscar added. “We practiced for just a few days but it felt great and we hope we can play the way we trained and advance from the qualifier, which would be a great reward for our audacity of deciding to play this tournament so early in our partnership.”