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

The wait is over for Fijalek and Bryl

13.03.2020 - Vienna, Austria

After four silver medals, the Polish finally took the gold home with their victory in Doha

Grzegorz Fijalek and Michal Bryl played in four World Tour gold medal matches over the last two years, including at the Vienna Major and the World Tour Finals in Hamburg, both in 2018. In all of them, they had to settle with silver.

The Olympic year of 2020 started differently for the Polish duo, though, as they finally felt the taste of standing at the top of the podium together after their victory at this week’s four-star men-only tournament in Doha, Qatar.

The Europeans were the last team standing on the way of the sensations of the tournament in Doha, Mexicans Josue Gaxiola and Jose Rubio, who started in qualification and won six of their eight matches in the event, eliminating the likes of Switzerland’s Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson, USA’s Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb, Russia’s Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Brazil’s Evandro Goncalves/Bruno Schmidt.

The young Mexicans showed the game that carried them all the way to the final in the first set, upsetting the Polish with a 21-16 victory, but Fijalek and Bryl regained the best form from the second set on and secured their first medal as a team by winning the next two sets 21-19, 15-11.

“We started the match very nervous,” the 32-year-old Fijalek reacted. “They are a very good team, they’re both young, their blocking game is great and they played at a very high level all week. It’s our first gold medal as a team and that means a lot for us. I hope we can keep this same level during the entire season, which is going to be a very important one.”

Rio 2016 Olympic silver medalists Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai finished third in Doha as they defeated Bruno and Evandro in straight sets (21-19, 21-17) in the bronze medal match.