25.09.2020 - Vienna, Austria
Welcome to another edition of Beach Shorts! Unfortunately, it seems we’re ahead of what could be the last weekend with considerable beach volleyball action in 2020, so we’d better enjoy each second of it and here’s all you need to know to plan.
The highlight of the weekend is certainly the Brazilian Tour’s restart for the men, in an event that will feature the country’s top teams and also its newest formations. In Europe, the continent’s top under-22 talent will battle for the supremacy in the region. A potential World Tour event coming up in the next months and a strong unofficial tournament also made the cut in our news section this time.
Men back on the sand in Brazil
After more than six months, Brazilian men’s teams are back in the court this week with their opening event of their 2020-2020 national tour taking place in Saquarema. The event is held in the bubble system, just like the women did last week, and features Brazilian top teams of Evandro Goncalves/Bruno Schmidt, Alison Cerutti/Alvaro Filho and Andre Loyola/George Wanderley, but also new formations such as Guto Carvalhaes/Athur Mariano and Pedro Solberg/Vinicius.
Under-22 Championships to cap European calendar
Beach volleyball at the continental level ends this week in Europe. After hosting its senior, U-20 and U-18 tournaments, the continent has the U-22 European Championships going on this week in Izmir, Turkey. Defending champions and reigning Youth Olympics champions Maria Voronina and Mariia Bocharova of Russia are the favorites to retain the crown among the women while Swedish David Ahman and Jonathan Helvig, who are the current Youth Olympic gold medalists, stand out among the men.
World Tour event in Cancun could happen in December
There are still no more World Tour events scheduled for 2020, but it seems the four-star tournament which was supposed to happen in Cancun in March could take place in December. That’s what Mexican blocker Zaira Orellana recently said in an interview to local website Marca.
Social Media: Grimalts remain on tour
The Grimalt cousins Marco and Esteban remain in Europe, where they played in a World Tour event and appeared at the King of the Court tournament in the last month. A few days ago they won a mini-tournament in Italy, where they were training, with Qatar’s Cherif Samba and Ahmed Tijan and some local teams.
Terminamos la semana de entrenamientos en Italia 🇮🇹 finalizando con un torneo amistoso contra duplas italianas de @beachvolleyacademy y de Qatar 💪🏻 Hoy viajamos nuevamente a Francia a concentrarnos por tres semanas 🏐 . . . @colocolooficial @oakley_chile @herbalifenutritioncl @recreacion_y_deportes_linares @clinicameds @gatoradechile @uandresbello @mindepchile @teamchile_coch @fevochi #beachvolley #Italia #Chile #voleyplaya
See you next week!