The FIVB 4-star, double gender World Tour event in Las Vegas is hosted by p1440, Kerri Walsh Jennings’ event series. It is the first time that Las Vegas hosts an international beach volleyball event. Being part of the Olympic qualifiying process it will give athletes the chance to accumulate Olympic ranking points for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games. Total prize purse is US$300,000, each winner team receives US$20,000.
The qualifiers will take place on October 17 and the 32-team main draw on October 18. Both the men’s and women’s finals will be held on Sunday, October 21. Being hosted by p1440, the event will also feature live music performances, high-intensity interval workouts, volleyball trainings, daily yoga sessions and live cooking demos.
For all event information on schedule and results, check out the official FIVB event page.
It is for the 9th time that the FIVB World Tour stops at The Hague, Netherlands. It is the first FIVB event in 2019 and just as last year, it is a 4-star indoor tournament. In 2018, Plavins/Tocs (Latvia) won the title but won’t be competing this year. In the women’s competition, Klineman/Ross (USA) are trying to defend their 2018 title when they defated Carolina Solberg and Maria Antonelli from Brazil in the final.
Main draw will take place from January 3rd on the women’s side and from January 4th for the men. The finals in both competitions will be played on January 6th.
Check out the complete event schedule here.
The FIVB 4-star event at Doha will take place from March 12-16 at the Katara Cultural Village to the north of Qatar’s capital. Defending champions are Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen from the Netherlands.
The $150,000 event is a men’s only competition that begins Tuesday with qualifying. Pool play will start on Wednesday setting the stage for the quarter- and semi-finals on Friday and the finals on Saturday. The winning team will receive a prize purse of $20,000. It is for the fifth time that Qatar hosts an international beach volleyball tournament.
Find the full schedule and results here.
It is for the seventh-straight season that the World Tour returns to Xiamen, China. The US$300,000 Xiamen Open will be gathering the beach world elite in southeast China. After country-quota and qualification matches, main draw starts on April 25. Quarterfinals will be played on April 27 and medal matches are scheduled for April 28. Semifinals and medal matches will streamed on the FIVB Youtube channel.
The FIVB Xiamen 4-Star event is the first women’s tournament since The Hague beginning of January. Barbara Hermannova and Marketa Slukova are the top-seeds after winning silver at last year’s Hamburg World Tour Finals and gold at the Vienna Major in early August. The Czech duo had also won the the Ostrava 4-star event in front of their home crowd.
Canada’s Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson are the number two seeds while World Tour Final winners Agatha/ Duda (Brazil) are third seeds. The 2018 defending champions Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada) will also compete.
In the men’s competiton last season’s newcomers Anders Mol and Christian Sorum are seeded first. The Norwegians took the beach volleyball world by storm in 2018. After winning the Majors in Gstaad and Vienna as well as the the European Championships, the Vikings also won the Hamburg World Tour Finals.
Michal Bryl and Grzegorz Fijalek (Poland) and Aleksandrs “Lion King” Samoilovs and Janis Smedins (Latvia) are seeded second and third. Doha surprise winners Esteban and Marco Grimalt from Chile will be seeded 11th. Their opponents in the Doha final, Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser, are also amongst the participants and will try to make up for the gold medal match loss. There will be a new champion on the men’s side since 2018 winners Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Igor Velichko have teamed up with new partners.
Check out all participating teams on the official event page.
After last year’s successful event, the FIVB World Tour returns to Itapema (Brazil). The $300,000 Itapema Open main draw starts on Thursday followed by elimination rounds on Friday and Saturday and the the medal matches on Sunday.
Last year the Brazilian hosts dominated the event and claimed both gold medals. Defending champions on the men’s side are Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola who beat Norwegian youngsters Anders Mol/Christian Sørum in the final. This year Evandro will play with reigning Olympic champion Bruno Oscar Schmidt while his former partner Andre has teamed up with George Wanderley. Besides the Norwegian Vikings, other international top teams competing this week are Poland’s Grzegorz Fijalek/Michal Bryl as well as Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak, Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen and Latvia’s Aleksandrs “Lion King” Samoilovs/Janis Smedins.
On the women’s side Agatha/Duda will try to defend their title against other Brazilian top teams such as Xiamen Open winners Ana Patricia Silva/Rebecca Cavalcanti. The Brazilians will be challenged by several international top teams like Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada), three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat (USA) or European champions Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink (Netherlands).
You can check out schedule and results at the official event page.
The $300,000 Jinjiang Open start with qualifiers on Wednesday followed by main draw pool play on Thursday and elimination rounds from Friday. The medal matches will take place on Sunday and will be streamed at the FIVB Youtube Channel.
World ranking leaders and Itapema winners Mol/Sorum are top-seeded at Jinjiang. Last year’s champion Trevor Crabb who won alongside John Mayer is now playing with Tri Bourne. Together they already won at Qinzhou and reached the quarterfinals at Itapema. Further US teams competing are NickLucena and Phil Dalhausser as well as John Hyden and Ryan “Avatar” Doherty. Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Alvaro Filho who won gold at the Kuala Lumpur 3-Star will need to go through qualification.
Agatha Bednarczuk and Duda will lead a strong Brazilian women’s team. They will be joined by Ana Patricia and Rebecca who won at The Hague and Xiamen. Top seeds are Czech team Barbara Hermannova and Marketa Slukova. For the USA Sara Hughes/Summer Ross, Sweat/Walsh Jennings, Claes/Sponcil and Day/Flint will be competing.
Check out the official event page.
The 2019 World Championships will run from June 28 to July 7 at the Hamburg Rothenbaum Stadium with a total prize purse of $1.000.000. About 13.000 fans will follow the 48 teams per gender on centre court. New winner teams will be crowned as the defending champions teamed up with new partners. Current world champion Laura Ludwig (Germany) is playing with Maggie Kozuch after Kira Walkenhorst had to retire form professional beach volleyball in January. On the men’s side, defending champions Evandro and Andre Loyola (Brazil) have split up. While Evandro joined forces with Olympic champion Bruno Schmidt, Andre Loyola is now playing with George Wanderley after splitting from Alison.
The tournament schedule outlines pool play until July 3 in 12 pools of four teams with the top two teams from each pool going directly to the elimination round. They will be joined by the eight best third-ranked teams. These 32 teams will continue in single-elimination play with the medal matches being played on July 6 and 7. Top favorites are Norwegian Vikings Anders Mol and Christian Sorum who have already posted three 4-star wins this season at Itapema (Brazil), Jianjiang (China) and Ostrava (Czech Republic). They will play in Pool A.
The US$300,000 FIVB 4-star Moscow Open are the 14th World Tour event in the Russian capital. It will start Wednesday with qualfication, Main Draw play takes off on Thursday with the medal matches being played on Sunday.
With only a few exceptions, most of the international top teams will be competing. On the men’s side, the world’s number one and new European champions Mol/Sorum from Norway will take a rest and will only be back for the 1-star Oslo event end of August. Top-seeds are Hamburg world champions Krasilnikov/ Stoyanovskiy from Russia. They are followed by Brazilians Evandro and reigning Olympic champion Bruno as well as Andre and George Wanderley. Latvians Samoilovs/Smedins will try to defend their 2018 Moscow title.
The women’s side will feature pretty much all of the Brazilian top teams, namely Ana Patricia/ Rebecca, Agatha/Duda and Maria Antonelli/ Carolina Salgado. In contrast to the men’s side, the new European champions Graudina/ Kravcenoka from Latvia who just claimed the title in the same spot, will also be competing.
Find the full schedule and team entry list here.
The 2019 World Tour Finals in Rome will gather the planet’s best beach volleyball teams on the men’s and women’s side. The US$ 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.
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.
After several important World Tour stops have recently been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus, the Doha 4-star is a major event in the Olympic qualification process towards Tokyo 2020. The men-only event will run from March 9-13 at Katara Cultural Village in Doha (Qatar). Being the second 4-Star tournament this season, the gold medalists will receive 800 ranking points.
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.