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

World Champs through to Vienna semis

02.08.2019 - Vienna

Melissa and Sarah crush Swiss dreams to set-up Agatha/Duda clash

World Champions Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan maintained their red-hot form by stunning Tanja Hüberli and Nina Betschart to earn their place in the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch semi-finals.

In a repeat of the World Championship semi-final, the Canadians were in no mood to mess about on side court 2 against their Swiss counterparts as they stormed to a 21-7 first set triumph.

And although Nina Tanja and Nina found their game in the second set, they were powerless to prevent a 21-17 reverse.

For the Melissa and Sarah it is their second appearance in a Vienna final four, having reached the same stage two years ago only to finish four at the World Championships.

The pair now face Agatha Bednarczuk and Duda Lisboa after the Brazilians ended the valiant hopes of Germans Laura Ludwig and Maggie Kozuch on the Red Bull Beach Arena.

Agatha and Duda edged a close first set, but Ludwig, making her first appearance in Vienna since taking the world title in 2017, and Kozuch rallied to take the second set and force a tiebreak.

Sadly that was as good as it got for Laura and Maggie, as the Brazilians took the decider to earn a successive semi-finals and the duo are now aiming for back-to-back World Tour gold medals having won in Tokyo last week.