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2016-06-09 12:24:00 CET

The key is tea

Peace and quiet and a cuppa the perfect preparation

He’s happy! He’s had his cup of tea last night! Photocredit: Mike RanzHe’s happy! He’s had his cup of tea last night! Photocredit: Mike Ranz

Aleksandrs Samoilovs says he isn’t much of a morning person but that didn’t stop him and teammate Janis Smedins from roaring to a second successive early morning victory on Thursday.

The Latvians weren’t messing around against Greek pair Georgios Kotsilianos and Nikos Zoupani in the first match on Court 5 – 25 hours after they kicked off the tournament with an 8am win yesterday!

But for Samoilovs, the key is tea!

“To again have the first match in the morning is not so great, I don’t like early morning games!” laughed Samoilovs with a big smile.

“The only preparation is to go to sleep earlier in the evening, relax in your room, read a book and drink some tea.”

Yesterday Austrian Clemens Doppler revealed his love for the Latvian supporters – and Samoilovs shared his happiness for the amount of followers he and his countrymen receive in beach volleyball.

“The game has become very popular in Latvia, in Riga we have three indoor facilities and they are always full,” said the Lion King. “Every day there are tournaments at amateur level and that’s why we have a lot of fans.

“It’s great to have the fans here – there are two flights a day to Hamburg from Riga and we’re really looking forward to the atmosphere for the rest of the tournament.”

With so much love for the game, how about a Major in Latvia some time?!

“It’s something I’ve already spoken about but we’re a small country…we’ll see!”

Aleksandrs applies the finishing touch to this point early on Wednesday morning. Photocredit: Mike Ranz.Aleksandrs applies the finishing touch to this point early on Wednesday morning. Photocredit: Mike Ranz.

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