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

2018-07-24 08:55:00 CEST

No go for Jo & Anouk in Vienna

Injury to Swiss star rules the team out of Danube Island adventure

Anouk (left) and Joana in action before injury hit in GstaadAnouk (left) and Joana in action before injury hit in Gstaad

Anouk Vergé-Dépré will not compete at the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch next week.

The Swiss star took part in last week’s European Championships with younger sister Zoe, as a back injury, sustained at the Swatch Major Gstaad, ruled out Anouk’s regular partner Joana Heidrich.

However, the sister act will not travel to the Austrian capital for the final Major of the season. Twelve months ago, Anouk and Joana finished ninth in Vienna at the World Championships.

Following the team’s withdrawn from the tournament, Spain’s top women’s team, Elsa Baquerizo and Liliana Fernandez, have moved from the qualification phase and into the main draw.

Meanwhile, injury has also put paid to the chances of new German duo Lars Flüggen and Nils Ehlers. The new constellation had hoped to debut on the Danube Island but Flüggen has not recovered from a broken finger. Their withdrawal leaves three German men’s teams in the qualification phase.

For a full list of who’s competing, clear here to view the full entry list.

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