2019-09-06 09:01:00 CET
The week in the sands of the world
Did you enjoy the 2018-2019 Beach Volleyball World Tour season? If you did, it’s time to say goodbye to it as the World Tour Finals put an end to the calendar this week at the magnificent Foro Italico, in Rome.
After the season is done, however, we’ll still have the Olympic qualification tournament in China and now we know exactly which teams will be competing for the elusive berth.
Find out that and more on your Beach Shorts!
World Tour Finals in Rome
The Italian capital is hosting the World Tour Finals for the first time but the tournament has a different format this year. Instead of having only the ten or 12 best teams of the season, the event is a regular five-star tournament, with qualifier and 32 teams in the main draw in each gender. All the top teams are at the Italian capital this week, so make sure don’t miss it, it’s the last chance to see them this season.
Teams confirmed for Olympic qualifier
One of the four pathways to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualification Tournament will take place in Haiyang from September 18-22. We now know the 32 teams from 20 different nations that will be competing in China and the list includes Olympic medalists and world champions as Dutch Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen, Olympians as Czechs Marketa Sluková and Barbora Hermannova and rising starts such as Germans Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler and Latvians Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka.
Get well soon, Casey!
We just found out on Instagram that American star Casey Patterson sustained a back injury at the American AVP Chicago last week and powered through it all the way to the semifinals. With the international season over, he will have some time to recover, but we wish him a speedy one the same way!
Little update for anyone wondering why @budinger10 and I aren’t in Rome. I seriously injured my back in the first match of the Chicago AVP event. Spent more time in the med tent last week than my whole career combined. Threw down lots of pain medication, some muscle relaxers and I was able to chop my way through the weekend. Hopefully I didn’t do more damage by continuing to play. But the reality of beach volleyball is if you don’t play (win) you don’t make any money. We play through anything we possibly can because we don’t get paid to show up. There is no long term play or plan. It’s just make as much as you can, while you can. @trammew just wrote and article that perfectly explains beach volleyball. You can find the link to it in my bio 🔥👍🏼 📸: @shoot802 #beachvolleyball #beachvolley #beachmode #nodaysoff #playthrough
Social Media: #Spiketember
At this point, you probably already know about #Spiketember, right? Well, if you don’t, that’s what we’re talking about.
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See you next week!