Keep the beach
marvelous Mediterranean port of Marseille welcomes the
second Grand Slam event of the year between July 13 and
18 as the Swatch – FIVB World Tour continues on through
another exciting season. Although there will be no
Olympic qualification points on offer at the event,
prize money totaling $280,000 and the prestige of being
crowned Grand Slam winners will keep all parties
Misty May and Kerri Walsh, who had made a spectacular
start to the 2004 Swatch – FIVB World Tour season, will
enter this tournament as defending champions having
destroyed their opponents on the French sand last year.
A near-flawless performance in the 2003 final saw the
Americans trounce the stunned Brazilian pair of Ana
Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires Tavares 21-10, 21-13.
This will be the 11th consecutive year that Marseille
has hosted an FIVB Beach Volleyball event and, as
always, the passionate fans will turn out in their
thousands to witness some spectacular digging, setting
and spiking action.
of the largest ports in Europe, Marseille is also
regarded as France's 'second' city. It is a melting pot
of commerce, culture and tourism, and serves as the
gateway to Provence and many other provinces southern
Marseille is also the oldest city in France, having been
founded by the Greeks in 600 BC, and today boasts one of
the most diverse and cosmopolitan populations in Europe.
Many visit the area for it's natural beauty and
spectacular climate, although the Mistral - a strong
wind that funnels down the Rhone Valley - can often make
itself ever present. Indeed, organisers lost a day of
action in the 2002 event to the infamous Mistral.
But there’s no doubting the combination of culture,
weather and fantastic Beach Volleyball action combines
to make Marseille one of the best stops on the
Swatch-FIVB World Tour.
2003 Women's Podium:
Ana Paula-Sandra Pires (BRA)
Adriana Behar-Shelda (BRA)
2002 Women's Podium:
1. McPeak-Youngs (USA)
Holly McPeak Biography
Elaine Youngs Biography
2. Walsh-May (USA)
Kerri Walsh Biography
Misty May Biography
3. Pottharst-Cook (AUS)
Kerri-Ann Pottharst Biography /Profile
Natalie Cook Biography /