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:

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Your Hannes Jagerhofer for the Beach Majors team
Founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series

Polish looking forward to Vienna Major final rematch

03.08.2019 - Vienna, Austria

Bryl and Fijalek to meet Mol and Sørum, their opponents on last year’s gold medal match

Polish Michal Bryl and Grzegorz Fijalek and Norwegians Anders Mol and Christian Sørum are set to clash in the final day of the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch for the second-straight year but this time the Europeans won’t play for the gold as their match-up will be one of the semi-finals of the tournament at the Danube Island.

Bryl and Fijalek, who took silver last year at the Austrian capital, avenged a pool play setback to Spanish Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira by ousting the veterans 21-17, 21-15 in their quarterfinals match-up.

“We changed our strategy,” Bryl explained. “On Thursday we served Pablo and he absolutely destroyed us. Now we went for Adrian and we decided that I would block his angle shots and Fifi would defend the line and our tactics worked really well.”

Their semifinal appearance in Vienna will their first since May, when they were third in a World Tour four-star event in Ostrava and their first in a Beach Major Series event this season. For a team that featured in four final fours in five tournaments at the end of 2018, it’s nice to be back in medal contention.

“Vienna has been a lucky place for us,” the blocker added. “We made the final right last year and I hope we can do it again this time. We haven’t been playing really well for the last two months and after getting a bunch of ninths we were questioning ourselves if we still could play at last year’s level, but this match showed we can.”

Mol and Sørum, the reigning Vienna Major champions, advanced to the semi-finals with a 21-14, 21-13 victory over Switzerland’s Adrian Heidrich and Mirco Gerson. Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena and Brazilians Alison Cerutti and Álvaro Filho will play for the other gold medal match spot on Sunday.