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 men set for the Last 16

02.08.2019 - Vienna

Busy morning at Vienna Major sees big guns progress

What. A. Morning. The A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch got into top gear as the remaining men’s teams in the competition fought in the first elimination round.

And the big story of day four on the Danube Island was the exit of World Championship runners-up Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler. The heroes from Hamburg looked set for a place in the Last 16 after winning the first set against Gregorz Fijalek and Michal Bryl – only for Poles to fight back and win a nail-biting tie-break 15-13.

Joining the Polish team in the next phase are Qatar’s Ahmed Tijan and Cherif Younousse who ended Austrian hopes at the tournament, beating Martin Ermacora and Moritz Pristauz in straight sets on the Red Bull Beach Arena.

Out on the side courts American veterans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena saw off the challenge of the entertainers from Italy Adrian Carambula and Enrico Rossi in straight sets. They were the second team from the USA to also progress as Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb also won, however a broken finger sustained to Tri Bourne meant he and Trevor Crabb had to withdraw from the tournament. That meant Nils Ehlers and Lars Flüggen advanced into the next phase without playing a game.

In the pick of the matches that will decide the quarter-final line-up, number one seeds and last year’s winners, Anders Mol and Christian Sørum, will face Italians Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai. The game takes place on the Red Bull Beach Arena at 4.30pm CEST.

In the game that follows, Alex Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen face old adversaries Lucena and Dalhausser in what will be their fourth meeting in the last month. The Dutch duo have won all three, in Tokyo, Gstaad and at the World Champs in Hamburg. Check it out at 5.30pm CEST.