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

2018-08-05 16:25:00 CEST

Historic bronze for Cherif/Tijan

The pair defeated Dutch Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen in three sets

Ahmed (left) and Cherif all smiles with their bronze medals - the first for Qatar in Major Series historyAhmed (left) and Cherif all smiles with their bronze medals - the first for Qatar in Major Series history

It has been a very successful tournament for Qataris Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan. Their expectations clearly were not high since the duo had to play in the qualification. But it was there, where their streak started. They secured six wins in a row before their first defeat at the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch.

Having lost the semifinal against the Polish pair Fijalek/Bryl, the bronze medal match was all about leaving Vienna with cause for celebration. And so it proved as Cherif/Tijan secured a close three-set-victory against the Dutch Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen (25-23, 17-21, 15-12).

“We already made history with reaching the semifinals,” said Cherif. “We were really happy to achieve that. Now we are just proud about what we’ve done and want to thank all our coaches, our family and the federation. I think that people will know Qatar from this tournament on.”

For the Dutch duo, fourth place was hard to take as two defeats on the final day of the tournament meant they left the Danube Island empty handed.

“Of course we are disappointed. In the end we just didn’t have the energy anymore. In such a match you need to be focused all the time and keep playing on your highest level. We weren’t able to play our best today,” analyzed a crestfallen Meeuwsen.

The third place at the Vienna Major was the first medal for the Qataris at a Major Series tournament, making it the big achievement for the Asian country at this level. “We were a little bit disappointed in the morning, but now we are just happy,” cheered Cherif.

Tijan/Cherif therefore completed the podium at the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch. They celebrated together with winners Mol/Sørum from Norway and Bryl/Fijalek from Poland.

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