Mallorca, Spain, September 3-7, 2003
BALEARIC BEAT FOR MEN'S TOUR
For the past 30 years, holiday-makers from all over Europe have been flocking to the island of
Mallorca, keen to experience the superb Mediterranean climate, the stunning coastline and the unique hospitality.
As one of the leading destinations in the Spanish tourist industry, Mallorca has also welcomed the world's leading beach volleyball players for the past two years and this summer the largest of the Balearic Islands will host the men's World Tour for the third season running.
One of the most attractive aspects of the Spanish Open is the location of the tournament where the courts are lined up directly adjacent to Playa de Palma beach, thus allowing the players and capacity crowds the freedom and the fortune to take a dip in the clear-blue Mediterranean waters in between matches.
This obviously benefited Brazil last year and to even more effect Switzerland. Although Brazilian teams secured three of the four semi-final berths last year, it was the Swiss duo of brothers Paul and Martin Laciga who emerged victorious at the Playa de Palma venue to win their second gold medal in as many events.
The Swiss pair, winners in Cadiz a month before, continued their love affair with Spanish beaches by overpowering Brazil's Marcio
Araujo-Benjamin 21-17, 27-25 in a hard-fought and emotional final, with Martin Laciga also winning the coveted player of the tournament award.
The bronze medal went to the newly-formed Brazilian partnership of Ricardo-Emanuel, who claimed third spot in their first showing together after downing compatriots Para-Harley 21-15, 24-22.
Local fans were also given something to cheer about with the Spanish duo of Javier Bosma and Antonio Cotrino reaching the last 16. It was a brave effort from the Spanish pair, who secured their best finish together before losing 21-19, 21-18 to silver-medallists Marcio
Araujo-Benjamin in the quarterfinals.
After a two-week break, the Men's Beach Volleyball World Tour resumes in Los Angeles for the $300,000 U.S. Grand Slam, the fourth and final grand slam tournament this year.
1. Laciga P-Laciga M (SUI)
Laciga Biography - Profile
2. Marcio Araujo-Benjamin (BRA)
Araujo Biography Profile
Insfran Biography - Profile
3. Ricardo-Emanuel (BRA )
Alex Santos Biography