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2016-06-07 10:30:00 CET

Wakey, wakey rise and shine – Hamburg Major’s started!

A fantastic first hour at the Rothenbaum

Germans Fuchs/Windscheif versus Austrians Koraimann/Müllner at #HamburgMajor  Photocredit: Mike RanzGermans Fuchs/Windscheif versus Austrians Koraimann/Müllner at #HamburgMajor Photocredit: Mike Ranz

Moin moin! The sun is out here in Hamburg and the weather is glorious – what a way to start a tournament. It’s almost like we planned it like this.

We’ve already had winners and losers within the first hour of the smart Major Hamburg, too. What a day to be alive! It might ‘only’ be qualification but try telling that to the players who have already got themselves through to the second round of qualification.

What could be better? Yes, okay it might be the beautiful bodies of all our beach volleyball stars, but what we’re really talking about is the sight of so many fans flocking through the entrance to take in the breathless action. And those fans know their beach volleyball, don’t you worry about that.

So far so good then.

First round of qualification matches kicked off bright and early at 9am sharp. Since then one German team, Stefan Windscheif/Sebastian Fuchs have got one victory under their belts, but another, Armin Dollinger/Yannick Harms, have bitten the dust. At least they don’t have far to go home.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on those repping the home nation today – seven partnerships now remain – four in the women’s half of the draw, which starts later, and now three in the men’s.

Of course it’s all well and good reading about it now, isn’t it? What you really need is on-the-button, live updates! Well our website and social media channels are the best place for it, so what are you waiting for?! Get clicking and enjoy the action, including live video on our Periscope account via Twitter.

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