Shanghai PPTV Grand Slam | 29 April - 4 May 2014
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, May 8, 2014 – Chinese beach volleyball fans were in for a treat this year, as the first two FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour events were hosted in the country, in Fuzhou and Shanghai.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, May 4, 2014 - Following two very busy and exciting weeks in China, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) has successfully launched the second year of the next Olympic cycle with its 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. The FIVB World Tour now moves way west to Mexico for the US$150,000 FIVB Puerto Vallarta Open... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Shanghai, China, May 4, 2014 – Germany’s second seeds Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst held off Chinese dark horses Wang Fan/Yue Yuan in the thrilling full-set women’s final of the Shanghai Grand Slam Sunday afternoon to clinch their first ever FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour title.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Shanghai, China, May 3, 2014 – Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo of Italy rallied past Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins 2-1 (24-26, 21-18, 15-12) in a thrilling full-set final of the US$800,000 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Shanghai Grand Slam here Saturday afternoon for their second World Tour title in as many tournaments.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Shanghai, China, May 3, 2014 – Defending champions Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima of Brazil stormed into the semi-finals of the US$800,000 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Shanghai Grand Slam by taking their fifth straight-set win in the women’s quarter-finals Saturday afternoon.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Shanghai, China, May 3, 2014 - Alexander Walkenhorst wrapped up his second journey to the Shanghai Grand Slam with a ninth finish with his new partner Stefan Windscheif on Friday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Shanghai, China, May 2, 2014 – Brazilian Legend Emanuel Rego and his new partner Pedro Solberg Salgado made it into the men’s semifinals of the US$800,000 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Shanghai Grand Slam with a well-earned full-set victory over defending Shanghai Grand Slam champions Jacob Gibb/Casey Patterson of the United States in the q... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Shanghai, China, May 2, 2014 – Reigning world champion Xue Chen and her teenager partner Xia Xinyi crashed out of the US$800,000 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Shanghai Grand Slam after dropping two matches in a row here on Friday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Shanghai, China, May 2, 2014 – Brazilian Emanuel Rego never stops loving the sport of beach volleyball. At the age of 41, the triple Olympic medalist continues to enjoy playing with the younger generation. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Shanghai, China, May 1, 2014 – Australian qualifiers Mariafe Artacho and Nicole Laird set off to a brilliant start in their first Grand Slam appearance together as they claimed two upset wins in a row here on Thursday to join big names including Kerri Walsh/April Ross, Juliana Silva/Maria Antonelli, Xue Chen/Xia Xinyi in the unbeaten teams after tw... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Shanghai, China, May 1, 2014 – Defending champions Jacob Gibb and Casey Patterson collected their third straight win in the Main Draw pool play over Chinese tandem Chen Cheng/Li Jian here Thursday morning to lead three teams from the United States into the top 16 round of the US$800,000 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Shanghai Grand Slam.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Shanghai, China, April 30, 2014 – American qualifiers John Hyden and Tri Bourne set off to a brilliant start at the men’s Main Draw of the US$800,000 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Shanghai Grand Slam as they pulled off a pair of upset wins to lead Pool E at the end of Wednesday’s action.... Read full news
Shanghai again opens FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam calendar
The FIVB Shanghai Grand Slam is the first of ten double gender Grand Slam events on the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball international calendar. The FIVB returns to China for the 17th-straight year with Dalian hosting the first women’s event in China in 1998 and Lianyungang hosting the first men’s event in 2004.
Shanghai is hosting an FIVB Beach Volleyball event for the 11th-straight season. The event will be held at the Beach Volleyball Centre Court on City Beach in the Jinshan District.
China has hosted 42 previous FIVB World Tour/Open events including 18 men’s and 27 women’s tournaments. Host country China has won 17 previous medals on its country’s soil, including two men’s silver medals, six women’s gold medals, five women’s silver medals, and four women’s bronze medals.
In 2013, USA’s new duo of Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson won the gold medal in Shanghai while capturing the women’s gold medal was Brazil’s new team of Talita Antunes/Taiana Lima who ended the year No. 1 in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Rankings.
Situated on China's eastern coastline, Shanghai has four distinct seasons and a population of over 13 million. Its inhabitants, among the most hospitable and cheerful in the world, reflect the colour and diversity of the city.
In addition to hosting 10 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour events, Shanghai is noted for its many festivals including the Shanghai Tourism Festival, the Longhua Temple Bell Striking on New Year’s Eve, the Longhua Temple Fair, the International Tea Culture Festival and the Orange Festival.
Shanghai is one of eight Chinese cities that have hosted an international FIVB beach volleyball event. Others have been Beijing, Dalian, Fuzhou, Lianyungang, Maoming, Sanya and Xiamen.
In addition to the FIVB Shanghai Grand Slam, two other stops are scheduled in China in 2014 on the FIVB international schedule: the FIVB Fuzhou Open (April 22-27) and the FIVB Xiamen Open (October 7 to 12). All three will be double-gender events.
The 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will include 10 double-gender FIVB Grand Slam tournaments along with the inaugural FIVB Grand Slam and eleven FIVB Beach Volleyball Open events.
This year's FIVB World Ranking system will include FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam and Open events along with additional pre-approved events at the inter-continental, continental and national levels.
Implemented in 2013, the format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments – whether FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam or FIVB Beach Volleyball Open – are the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds.
The 2014-2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup also returns this year as it starts its portion of the qualification process for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.