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2016-06-10 13:59:00 CEST

All the French want is some company!

Medal dream for Krou and Rowlandson but they don’t want to be alone

Krou/Rowlandson digging deep at smart Major Hamburg. Photocredit: Joerg MitterKrou/Rowlandson digging deep at smart Major Hamburg. Photocredit: Joerg Mitter

Help! Fabulous French team Youssef Krou and Edouard Rowlandson are feeling lonely!

After a long time without reaching the last 16 the pair booked their spot in the next knockout round after an epic victory over powerful Austrians Clemens Doppler and Alex Horst.

Of course they were happy to win – the smiles showed that! – but what Krou and Rowlandson are craving more than anything is some more beautiful French voices in the Swatch Major Series.

“It’s an honor for us to represent France,” said Rowlandson. “But we want other French teams with us because we are feeling a little bit lonely! We want to make beach volleyball bigger than it is in France.

“And if we can perform like this then there’s no reason why we can’t catch a medal at the Swatch Major Series – that would be a dream.”

Of course epic victories like this one over the fancied Austrians will help. But Rowlandson wouldn’t mind having a Major on home sand in Paris!

“That’s where you guys come in!” he smiled. “We don’t have many big events but we know by showing one competition will be a way of showing people in France what beach volleyball’s all about.

“People can look at the scores online and follow us on Facebook but we need to make it bigger – coming and watching us live would show the true beach volleyball.”

The French now face Americans Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser in the last 16 at 3pm and you can watch that game live on our stream - like of all our games!