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

Time for the men’s quarters!

02.08.2019 - Vienna

Saturday show down for the men on the Danube Island

And then there were eight.

After Thursday’s pool play, the men’s elimination stage dominated the schedule on Friday at the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch and a number of the favorites for the title remain well and truly in the hunt for gold.

Among them are last year’s winners and world number ones Anders Mol and Christian Sørum who overcame losing the second set against Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo to storm in the quarter-finals by taking the tiebreaker in emphatic fashion 15-7.

The Vikings, bronze medalist at the World Championships now face Swiss duo Adrian Heidrich and Mirco Gerson for a place in the semi-final.

There was late-night drama on the Red Bull Beach Arena in the day’s final match of the day as Poles Michal Bryl and Grzegorz Fijalek edged a tiebreak against Evandro Gonçalves and Bruno Oscar Schmidt. The Brazilians led 9-6 in the third but a muscle injury sustained to Bruno meant the South Americans were unable to maintain their form and that allowed Bryl and Fijalek, runners-up here 12 months ago, to reach the last eight.

The Polish pair’s reward is a quarter-final meeting against veteran Spaniards Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira after they beat Andre Loyola and George Wanderley also in a tie-breaker.

Brazil do have a representative in the quarter-finals and that comes in the shape of 2016 Olympic champion Alison Cerutti and his teammate Alvaro Filho saw off Qatar’s Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan in straight sets.

The schedule for Saturday is now set with Alison and Alvaro taking on World Champions Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Viacheslav Krasilnikov in the first match on the Red Bull Beach Arena at 10.15am CEST.

For the full schedule, which includes the women’s semi-finals, click here.