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

Japanese take gold in Guam

08.03.2020 - Vienna, Austria

Sakaguchi and Suzuki won the World Tour one-star tournament in Asia

Hosts of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan dominated the women-only one-star World Tour event in Guam with teams from the Asian nation taking gold and bronze medals in the tournament.

The victorious duo of 26-year-old Chiyo Suzuki and 25-year-old Yurika Sakaguchi completed a perfect week in Guam by securing its fifth and last win, a 2-0 (21-16, 21-12) triumph over Americans Kimberly Hildreth and Sarah Schermerhorn in the gold medal match.

It was the second World Tour gold medal for the team, which had also won a one-star tournament in Budapest, Hungary, last August. The title was special for Suzuki, who has now nine international medals- three golds, one silver and five bronze -, the most for any Japanese player to ever compete at the World Tour.

The bronze medal match in Guam also featured a duel between Japan and the USA with Suzuka Hashimoto and Ayumi Kusano downing 17-year-olds Megan Kraft and Delaynie Maple in straight sets (21-15, 21-12) to secure their podium spot.

The World Tour continues this week with the first four-star event of the season, a men-only tournament in Doha, Qatar, starting on Monday.