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

Alison and Álvaro happy to continue climbing the ladder

04.08.2019 - Vienna, Austria

The Vienna Major silver was another step forward of the Brazilian partnership

Alison Cerutti and Álvaro Filho couldn’t leave the A1 Vienna Major presented by Swatch with the elusive gold medals around their necks but that doesn’t mean their campaigns at the Danube Island didn’t taste like victory to them. 

After all, when they joined forces at the end of March it seemed like a desperate attempt to qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, especially for Alison, who had just ended an unsuccessful partnership with André Loyola. Four months later, things look very different to the Brazilians, who won their first Beach Major Series medal together in the Austrian capital.

“This is another step forward for us,” Alison said after the awarding ceremony. “We did well in three and four star events and now to play in a final of a Major, it’s part of the process too. I’m very happy about the way we’re progressing and to be in the semi-finals and finals, it just makes us improve faster. There’s still one year until the Olympics and it should be enough time for us to get to the point we want, especially because I’m sure we’re headed in the right direction.”

The silver in Gstaad ended a very successful stretch of tournaments for the Brazilians, who topped the podium in Espinho, finished fourth in Tokyo and had top-ten finishes at both the Gstaad Major and the World Championships in Hamburg.

“I couldn’t be any happier,” Álvaro remarked. “To get a silver medal in the last tournament of a tough six-week road trip, it’s fantastic. It’s clear that we’re getting better each weeks and it was our third semi-final in a row, which is so hard to do. We’re still a new team and we want to keep moving forward one step at a time.”

In the Vienna Major final, the Brazilians got to play Norwegians Anders Mol and Christian Sørum for the first time since they became partners and, even though the result didn’t go their way, they had positive takeaways from the match.

“They’ve been the best team in the world for the last year and it was important for us to play them,” Alison added. “The last time I had played them was one year ago and it’s impressive how much better they’ve got. They’re young, but very calm and they know when to change their strategy, which is not usual for players of their age. I feel like we didn’t play as well as we could in the final, but it was a big opportunity for us to learn and improve. And the atmosphere was amazing, our sport really needs more tournaments like this.”