Durban OPEN | 11 - 14 décembre 2013
Volleyball - Durban, South Africa, December 12, 2013 - The FIVB Beach Volleyball Durban Open features a lot of newcomers this week, but not all of them are youngsters. At the age of 44 Namibia’s Elizabeth Röttcher made her FIVB debut on Thursday on the first day of main draw.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Durban, South Africa, December 12, 2013 – She has had some injury problems and was not happy with her finishes this year, but 36-year old Jennifer Kessy is not about to quit yet. The Olympic silver medallist is still having too much fun and decided to partner up with Whitney Pavlik for the FIVB Beach Volleyball Open in Durban this week.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Durban, South Africa, December 12, 2013 – South Africa’s Leo Williams, like all the other home players, is trying his best to focus on beach volleyball in this memorial week.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Durban, South Africa, December 11, 2013 – The first day of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Durban Open was one of major upsets in the men’s qualifications. Both the number one and number two seeded were knocked out by FIVB debutants on Durban’s sunny New Beach.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Durban, South Africa, December 11, 2013 - Teams from Germany and USA crowned their FIVB debut on Wednesday with a surprise win over top seeded teams at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Durban Open qualifications.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Durban, South Africa, December 11, 2013 – The Czech Republic and Poland dashed the hopes of South African beach volleyball fans by knocking out two home teams in qualification at the FIVB Durban Open on Wednesday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Durban, South Africa, December 10, 2013 – The schedule of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Durban Open has changed following the announcement that South Africa’s national hero Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest on Sunday, December 15. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, December 9, 2013 – Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs need to reach the quarterfinals of the Durban Open to be crowned FIVB Beach Volleyball Men's World Tour season ranking winners.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Durban, South Africa, December 7, 2013 – The FIVB Beach Volleyball Durban Open’s pre-tournament media conference on Friday was not the usual jolly occasion, where members of the media and officials are usually seen jostling around the media centre ahead of the day’s proceedings. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Durban, South Africa, December 3, 2013 – With the onset of December, there is now a little more than a week left until the Durban Open, scheduled to take place in the South African city from December 11 to 15. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Durban, South Africa, November 20, 2013 – As final arrangements are underway for the Durban Open – the last beach volleyball event of 2013 – the promoters are preparing themselves for some high quality action on the court as well as a huge fan turnout in the city where the ‘fun never sets’.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Durban, South Africa, October 28, 2013 – The ‘surf capital’ of Africa is anxiously awaiting the best beach volleyball players on the planet to converge for the double gender FIVB Beach Volleyball Durban Open, according to Sunil Geness, a former KwaZulu-Natal Provincial volleyball player. ... Read full news
South Africa hosting double-gender FIVB Durban Open in December
The finale of the new order of FIVB beach volleyball event structure, a double-gender Open event will be held in South Africa. The fifth and final double-gender Open tournament in 2013, the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball Durban Open will be held from December 11 to 15.
South Africa has hosted one women’s and three men’s FIVB tournaments, and the only previous event in Durban was a men’s open event on the FIVB World Tour held in 1996, with Brazil’s Rogerio Ferreira/Guilherme Marques winning the gold medal over USA’s 1996 Olympic silver medalists Mike Dodd/Mike Whitmarsh.
The men’s FIVB World Tour has played three times in Cape Town (1995, 2004, 2005) although the only double-gender event was the 2005 tournament.
Winning the Cape Town men’s gold medal in South Africa in 2005 was Brazil’s Marcio Arujo/Fabio Luiz Magalhaes over Switzerland’s Markus Egger/Martin Laciga while the women’s gold medal was won by USA’s Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh-Jennings over Brazil’s Juliana/Larissa.
With a guaranteed purse of US$75,000 per gender, the bonus pool will push the total purse for the event to nearly $120,000 per gender.
As part of a new development strategy focused on the new Olympic cycle, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Council decided that FIVB Beach Volleyball Opens would no longer be part of the World Tour in 2013, putting in place an intermediate property that provides more opportunities for athletes worldwide to play.
With a total of eight FIVB Beach Volleyball Opens currently on the 2013 calendar comprised of five double-gender and three women-only tournaments, there are numerous possibilities for athletes to compete in high quality, international competition. Over the course of the year more Open events could be added to the schedule, ensuring that all five Confederations will host a FIVB event in 2013.
The 2013 FIVB World Ranking system will include Beach Volleyball events at inter-continental, continental and national levels. In another significant change, the format of all the tournaments – whether FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Grand Slam or a FIVB Beach Volleyball Open – will be the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination rounds.