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

Rollercoaster day for Austrian favorites

01.08.2019 - Vienna

Doppler/Horst crash out but there’s joy for Martin and Moritz

It was a mixed evening for Austrian teams on the Red Bull Beach Arena as two of three men’s teams bit the dust at the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch.

First the good news: The stunning performance of Martin Ermacora and Moritz Pristauz. The duo lost their first match of the day and needed to beat Bartosz Losiak and Piotr Kantor in order to make it through to Friday. And they did it. And did it brilliantly, progressing in straight sets in front of a packed Red Bull Beach Arena crowd.

Their reward for such a scintillating victory is a Round of 24 meeting against Qataris Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan. There will not be an empty seat in the house when the two teams fight for a place in the next phase at 12.45pm CEST.

Ok. So for the bad news. Clemens Doppler and Alex Horst and Philipp Waller and Robin Seidl lost their pool survivor matches and therefore crashed out of their home Major to the disappointment of their masses ranks of fans.

For Seidl and Waller it was a case of so near yet so far. They dominated the first set but were pegged back by Americans Trevor Crabb and Tri Bourne. There was no stopping the Austrians in the second set as they took the match to a tiebreak. In the decider the home side had the advantage, but just when it looked as though they would pull out a victory back came Trevor and Tri to stun the home crowd.

After that frustration the home fans then endured a straight sets defeat for Doppler and Horst against World Championship silver medalists Clemens Wickler and Julius Thole of Germany.

The home heroes could do nothing to prevent their opponents from securing a place in the elimination stage. For the Germans, they now face Poland’s Grzegorz Fijalek and Michal Bryl on Friday as they aim to find the form that swept them all the way to the final of their home World Championships.