The US$300,000 FIVB 4-star Moscow Open are the 14th World Tour event in the Russian capital. It will start Wednesday with qualfication, Main Draw play takes off on Thursday with the medal matches being played on Sunday.
With only a few exceptions, most of the international top teams will be competing. On the men’s side, the world’s number one and new European champions Mol/Sorum from Norway will take a rest and will only be back for the 1-star Oslo event end of August. Top-seeds are Hamburg world champions Krasilnikov/ Stoyanovskiy from Russia. They are followed by Brazilians Evandro and reigning Olympic champion Bruno as well as Andre and George Wanderley. Latvians Samoilovs/Smedins will try to defend their 2018 Moscow title.
The women’s side will feature pretty much all of the Brazilian top teams, namely Ana Patricia/ Rebecca, Agatha/Duda and Maria Antonelli/ Carolina Salgado. In contrast to the men’s side, the new European champions Graudina/ Kravcenoka from Latvia who just claimed the title in the same spot, will also be competing.
Find the full schedule and team entry list here.
The Jurmala Open are a men’s-only event at Jurmala Beach near Riga (Latvia). The event will take place from August 22-25, 2019. Prize money is US$ 75,000 and the event will count for the Olympic qualification process towards Tokyo 2020. Qualification kicks off on Thursday, the main draw starts on Friday and the semifinals and medal matches will be played on Sunday.
The lovely beach resort of Jurmala hosted the CEV European Beach Volleyball Championships in 2017. In the event’s final Italian Olympic silver medalists Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo defeated local heroes Janis Smedins and “Lion King” Alex Samoilovs. The two Latvians are back strong after winning the 4-star Moscow Open last weekend. Their back-to-back Moscow title also puts them in a favorite postition for the Jurmala 3-star event. Besides a range of Latvian home teams, several US teams will be competing. AVP Manhattan Beach finalists Patterson/Budinger, Slick/Allen and Evans/Kolinske will go for points in the Olympic race to Tokyo 2020.
The 2019 World Tour Finals in Rome will gather the planet’s best beach volleyball teams on the men’s and women’s side. The US$ 600,000 event will take place at the Foro Italico sports complex from September 4-8, 2019. It is the same site where all previous five FIVB World Tour events in Rome took place.
In contrast to the previous editions of the World Tour Finals, the Rome event will be played in a regular 5-star event format with 32 teams featured in the main draw. The event will also be part of the Olympic qualification process towards Tokyo 2020 with the winner earning 600 points. Prior to Wednesday’s qualifiers, country quota matches will take place on Tuesday afternoon for Austrian, Brazilian, Italian and US teams. Main draw starts on September 5, quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on September 7 and the finals on September 8.
In the men’s competition, all top teams from Europe, the US and Brazil will be participating. Norwegian Vikings Anders Mol and Christian Sorum are the defending champions and probably the top favorites while Russian world champions Krasilnikov/ Stoyanovskiy have been struggling recently. 2017 champions Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena (USA) are seeded 7th, last weekend’s AVP Chicago winners Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb are seeded 17th. Jake Gibb after the Chicago final:
“We are looking forward to Rome now. The Rome event site feels like a gladiator pit.”
On the women’s side, top-seeds are Canadian world champions Humana-Paredes/ Pavan and America’s A-Team Alix Klineman/ April Ross who already battled it out in the Hamburg world champs and the AVP Manhattan Beach finals. After losing the aformentioned matches to Canada, the A-Team took revenge last weekend and defeated the world champions in the AVP Chicago Gold Series Championships. Following the two top teams are Aussies Artacho/Clancy and the strong Brazilian teams. In Tuesday’s US country quota playoff Flint/ Day will face Sweat/Walsh Jennings.
Find the full entry list on the FIVB event page.
Qinzhou hosts a World Tour event for the third-straight season after 2017 and 2018. It is the the first women’s event on this season’s FIVB calendar and the second for the men. Last year, it was US team Tri Bourne/ Trevor Crabb and Brazil’s Rebecca Cavalcanti/ Ana Patricia Silva who claimed the gold medals. For Tri Bourne the Qinzhou win marked the beginning of his comeback after being sidelined due to an auto-immune disease. With his partner Trevor Crabb he continued his great return when reaching the semifinals at this year’s World Championships in Hamburg.
While the defending champions are not competing in the 2019 edition, the women’s competition will feature numerous American top teams. Except for A-Team Alix Klineman/ April Ross, the strongest US women’s team will compete. Besides three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh and her partner Brooke Sweat, Stockman/ Larsen, Claes/ Sponcil and Hughes/Summer Ross have registered for the event.
After the qualification on October 30, the US$150,000 Qinzhou Open main draw starts on October 31. Quarterfinals will be played on November 2 and the medal matches on November 3. Top-seeds are Switzerland’s Mirco Gerson and Adrian Heidrich on the men’s and Australia’s Taliqua Clancy/ Mariafe Artacho Del Solar on the women’s side. Check out further details on the official FIVB event page.
Last year, Chetumal hosted a women-only 3-star event, this year the tournament has been upgraded to a double-gender 4-star that takes place in the Mexican coastal city between November 13-18. The event is another important milestone in the Olympic qualification process towards Tokyo 2020. Main draw starts November 14 with quarter- and semifinals being played on November 16 leading to the medal matches on November 17.
Defending champions are Canadians Heather Bansley and beach volleyball gypsy Brandie Wilkerson who had a great appearance in last season’s edition. In their quest to defend their title, the Canadians will face several American teams such as 2018 Chetumal bronze medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings/ Brooke Sweat as well as Betsi Flint/Emily Day and Kelly Claes/ Sarah Sponcil.
Top-seeds on the men’s side are Olympic bronze medalists Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen (Netherlands), Polish top team Fijalek/Bryl and AVP Hawaii champions Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb. Taylor Crabb’s brother Trevor will compete with his partner Tri Bourne, a team that reached this year’s Hamburg world championships semifinals. Further US teams participatig are Billy Allen/ Stafford Slick and beach volleyball veteran John Hyden teaming up with Bill Kolinske in the qualifiers.
You can find schedule and results on the official FIVB Chetumal event page.
It is for the first time that the Cook Islands in the South Pacific are organizing an official FIVB event. Local teams Rai-Arii Enoka/Atatoa Herman and Brendon Heath/Raitiavatea Herman are the first-ever teams from the Cook Islands to compete in an FIVB World Tour event.
In total 18 teams from nine countries are participating in the VolleyFest Cook Islands: four from Australia, three from Japan, two from Canada, United States, Tuvalu and Cook Islands and one team from Hong Kong, New Zealand and Norway each. For the US, Adam Roberts/ Travis Mewhirter and Earl Schultz/ Christopher Austin are competing.
The medal matches in this FIVB 1-star event will be played at beautiful Rarotonga island on January 17. You can find the full event schedule here.
The first women’s World Tour stop is scheduled for this week in Siem Reap which is famous for its iconic temple Angkor Wat. It is Cambodia’s third straight season to host a World Tour event. Main draw in the Siem Reap 2-star event will start on Thursday, semifinals and medal matches will take place on Sunday.
Top-entries are Sara Hughes and Lauren Fendrick from the United States who just recently joined forces trying to make a last minute push for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer. 2016 Olympian Lauren Fendrick has not competed for more than a year. Second-ranked are Futami/Hasegawa (Japan) followed by last year’s Sydney gold medalists Nicole Laird and Becchara Palmer. The Australians both have Olympic experience with Palmer competing in London 2012 and Laird in Rio 2016.
You can find the full schedule at the official FIVB event page.
The Singapore 4-star event in April next year is coming up with a new concept compared to a standard FIVB 4-star event. The Singapore Beach Open 2020 from April 15-19 will be Southeast Asia’s largest sports event and the first-ever FIVB 4-star World Tour event in the region.
Besides world-class beach volleyball, the organizers are coming up with an event that does also feature pop concerts, numerous family-friendly activities and a large selection of Singaporean cuisine. The beach arena will be a temporary facility with an innovative design and concept that fits into the natural beauty of Singapore.
Being part of the Olympic qualification process towards Tokyo 2020, the tournament is an important milestone with 1200 points on the line for the winning teams. The event is supposed to be the starting point of boosting Singapore as the beach volleyball hub of Southeast Asia.
Find out further details on the official event website.