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.