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

Phil and Nick figured it out

02.08.2019 - Vienna, Austria

After losing to Brouwer and Meeuwsen in their last three tournaments, the Americans turned the tables on the Dutch to make it to the Vienna Major quarter-finals

Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena don’t typically lose a lot of beach volleyball matches. Losing consecutive times to the same teams it’s even less usual, so the Americans were understandably relieved when they ousted Dutch Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen at the Round of 16 of the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch.

Their 21-18, 16-21, 15-13 victory at the Red Bull Beach Arena not only sent them through the quarter-finals at the Danube Island but it also ended a three-match winning streak of the Europeans over them with all three games happening within the last month.

“I thought we sided out really great and I got on a roll with my blocking in the end,” Phil explained. “Playing these guys is always tough and I’m glad we got this one after losing the last three.”

The ‘Thin Beast’ did indeed a great job at the net, scoring as many as nine blocking points, but according to Nick the biggest difference of the match came from the service lines.

“Service pressure was the main difference,” Nick analyzed. “The last two times they beat us they served us off the court and today they made a lot of service errors. That obviously helped us and we were able to apply more service pressure on them too, especially with Phil, who was jump serving for part of the match.”

The Americans are now set to play Germans Nils Ehlers and Lars Flüggen, who eliminated the Grimalt cousins Marco and Esteban with a 21-14, 19-21, 15-13 Round of 16 win.

“We trained with them before the World Championships in Hamburg,” Nick added. “Nils is a huge guy, has got some broad shoulders and is picking up the game really fast. And Lars has been around for a while, has a lot of experience and has won in the World Tour. We’ll need to play great.”