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

2016-06-07 14:07:00 CEST

Home fans lap up underdogs victory

German outsiders pull the crowds on opening day

The German supporters will on their own to win at the smart Major Hamburg. Photocredit: Mike RanzThe German supporters will on their own to win at the smart Major Hamburg. Photocredit: Mike Ranz

We were busy tapping away in the wake of the press conference in the media center when we heard it.

And then the noise grew louder.

Something, somewhere was happening.

We went out, had a look around let our ears follow the cheers.

Court three was packed to rafters and the clapping and whooping outweighed the groans of disappointment.

German duo, and 30th seeds, Lorenz Schümann and Julius Thole were doing their thing and whipping the crowd up into a frenzy. After winning the first set 21-18 they survived a set-point against Turkish opponents Murat Giginoglu and Volkan Gögtepe in a second thrilling set but edged to a popular victory in a breathtaking period of play 25-23.

The German underdogs sunk to their knees at the end and thanked the support. It’s that vocal backing that really makes a difference. Especially when you’re coming up against a third-seeded Turkish team.

And we weren’t the only interested party, either. The match was so thrilling that it pulled in many an interested spectator – even Brazilian star Alison Cerutti could not take his eyes of this thriller.

Alison Cerutti could not take his eyes off the qualification action. Photocredit: Swatch Major SeriesAlison Cerutti could not take his eyes off the qualification action. Photocredit: Swatch Major Series

Schümann and Thole’s prize for victory? A mouth-watering clash against fellow Germans Tim Holler and David Poniewaz.

German hopes in the qualification’s first round were also given a boost when Lisa Arnholdt/Anni Schumacher made it through to the women’s second qualification phase, but the same could not be said of Sandra Ittlinger/Yanina Weiland who lost to Czech pair Kristyna Kolocova/Michala Kvapilová.

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