Men's Greek Open 2003
Rhodes, 04 - 08 June


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Men's Hellas Open 
Rhodes, Greece June 4-8 2003


The world's leading men beach volleyballers will get the chance to follow in the footsteps of their female counterpart in 2003 when the Swatch-FIVB World Tour gets underway with the Hellas Open on the Greek holiday island of Rhodes.

Last year Rhodes hosted a women's World Tour event for the first time and this season promoters return to the sun-drenched retreat to stage tournaments for both genders, each worth $150,000.

The Hellas Open will also serve as a vital opportunity for organisers to fine-tune their event operations ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and several tonnes of sand will again be moved from the island's picturesque beaches into Rhodes's City Hall Square, the venue that proved so popular with spectators in 2002.

For the players, the Hellas Open also represents the first event on the road to qualification for the 2004 Olympic Games and the leading men's teams will be determined to launch their qualifying campaigns on a positive note.

Likely to be amongst the favourites in Rhodes will the 2002 World Tour champions Baracetti-Conde from Argentina, while the Brazilian teams of Tande-Loiola and Emanuel-Ricardo - who swapped partners towards the end of last year - will hope to get their seasons off to a positive start and prove the new combinations a success.

With it's stunning beaches, clear-blue waters, isolated coves and picturesque fishing villages, Rhodes has long been one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe - the Hellas Open should once again serve to further enhance the island's reputation. 

After a week's break, the men's World Tour returns to the alpine resort of Gstaad in Switzerland for the $150,000 Swiss Open.

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