Dear Beach Volleyball Community

So far, we only knew a scenario like the current one from the fiction of various apocalypse movies. In reality, of course, none of us really have any idea how to deal with it. Only one thing unites us in this challenging time: the certainty that we have to put down everything that is not directly related to the elimination of the virus. A logical conclusion that, however, has a dramatic impact on all of us.

Experts are now predicting that the pandemic will peak in July and August. And that, in turn, means for us that currently, nobody can assume the responsibility to approach the implementation of the planned events with a clear conscience and with full conviction. After extensive discussions with the International Federation, our sponsors as well as partners and representatives from the cities of Vienna and Hamburg, we decided to cancel the two Major tournaments. And we can no longer contribute to the upgrade of the event in Gstaad.

We are sad to announce this decision. At the moment, we only have hope that the global crisis will soon subside and be under control. Then we will start the work to realize our events in 2021 with full energy and unwavering commitment.

My thanks go to everyone who has shared and supported our enthusiasm for beach volleyball over the past 25 years. I firmly believe that we will be able to provide proof of our subline again next year:

Goosebumps don't lie - See you @ the Beach!

Your Hannes Jagerhofer for the Beach Majors team
Founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series

2016-09-15 21:59:00 CEST

Imperious Poles on show at Polson Pier!

What a day for the pride of Poland!

Fijalek/Prudel bounced back after defeat on Wednesday. Photocredit: Mihau StechuFijalek/Prudel bounced back after defeat on Wednesday. Photocredit: Mihau Stechu

What a day it was for the two Polish pairs on show at Polson Pier at the Swatch World Tour Finals. Two teams, two games, two wins – and now they’re both eyeing a place in an all-Polish final!

Bartosz Losiak and Piotr Kantor stunned Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena in a breathtaking display to triumph in straight sets.

Now they want to go all the way to the final!

“It was a good result against a team that is in the top three in the world,” Bartosz told us afterwards. “It’s a big win and it’s good for Polish volleyball because for the first time in history two teams are playing in the Swatch World Tour Finals.

“It was nice to win and my partner played well. If we can keep that kind of form up we have a chance of reaching the semifinals or the final.”

The pair's reaction to the win on Twitter also made us chuckle, apologizing to their opponents!

Kantor/Łosiak on Twitter

@SwatchMajors @PhilDalhausser @NicklucenaFSU Sorry💪

There was another big result for Poland on Court 2 – just minutes after Kantor/Losiak’s victory came another fabulous result: Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fijalek battered Rio bronze medalists Brouwer/Meeuwsen in straight sets.

“We’re now waiting for the Saturday games!” Mariusz told us. “It’s great to be here with the top teams and we’re hoping for a trophy after a long, hard season.”

“It’s exciting times,” said Grezgorz. “We’re very happy because we have a lot of Polish fans here in Toronto and we’re proud to have won against a top team.”

Both teams not only want to succeed here at Polson Pier but want to lead the charge of Poland in beach volleyball over the next few years.

“Volleyball is popular in Poland but I think beach volleyball will soon catch up in terms of popularity,” said Bartosz. “In the next two-to-three years we want it to become even bigger.”

“Poland is growing when it comes to beach volleyball,” added Mariusz. “We have a lot of good players and good facilities and hope in the next two years there’ll be more teams in the top 10.”

So what chance an all-Polish final? Stay tuned for the rest of the week to find out!

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