FIVB Beach Volelyball World Tour

Durban OPEN | 11 - 14 décembre 2013

#DurbanOpen


Press release

South Africa’s Williams is trying to focus on beach volleyball in emotional week


South Africa's Leo Williams (right) and Jerome Fredericks try to focus on beach volleyball in a very emotional week

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.

While the country is mourning for the loss of former president and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, Williams and his partner Jerome Fredericks opened the first day of main draw at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Durban Open with a match against Namibia on centre court.

“It’s obviously emotional”, said 28-year old Williams. “A lot of players, people talking about it. It’s on your mind all the time. I obviously feel sad, because it was a great man that passed away. But we just have to focus and try to do our best to keep our mind on the game.”

Minute of silence

After the national anthem and a minute of silence in honour of Mandela the South African veterans got off to a good start, winning the first set 21-11. In the second set Namibia’s Tin Hlupic and Gerard Fischer, who got a wild card for the Durban Open, put up more of a fight. They closed in up to one point behind at 13-12, but Williams and Fredericks finished the match in the end at 21-17.

“In the second set they figured out their serve a little bit, they served better”, said Williams. “And I was a bit stifled with the reception. But overall it was ok, we were loosening up nicely, getting in form for the next part of the tournament.”

Williams and Fredericks have been playing together for four years, mostly on the national tour. They played one or two FIVB events, but never made it past pool play, their goal this week.

“We have a next match against Norway and then the Czech Republic. I am feeling we can do well and get one of those games to go our way and than we can go through to the next round.”

South African beach volleyball is picking up

Their biggest problem is not being able to train fulltime. “We need to get sponsors, obviously. Than we can train all the time and can play international. But beach volleyball in South Africa is picking up now. The promoter that just came aboard now, Geness Consulting, is doing well. He is putting a lot of effort into the sport and hopefully in the next two to three years they will send a few teams away for a longer period.”

FIVB Durban Open tournament page

FIVB Durban Open women’s schedule and results

FIVB Durban Open men’s schedule and results

FIVB Durban Open Twitter account

FIVB Facebook account



Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

   
15.12.2013 15:08:33
Mandela used sport as a nation builder

Durban, South Africa, December 15, 2013 – Nelson Mandela was a charismatic leader, who put forgiveness and reconciliation before anger and revenge. Th... More...

14.12.2013 19:59:46
Latvia and China claim gold in Durban

Durban, South Africa, December 14, 2013 – Latvia’s Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs and China’s Chen Xue and Xinyi Xia claimed the gold medals a... More...

14.12.2013 19:27:48
Double gold for Latvia’s Smedins and Samoilovs in Durban

Durban, South Africa, December 14, 2013 – Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs struck gold twice in Durban on Saturday. After securing the 2013 FIVB... More...

14.12.2013 17:59:49
Back to back gold for China’s Xue and Xia

14.12.2013 13:39:20
All-Latvian men’s final in Durban

14.12.2013 11:31:26
China’s Xue/Xia eye another gold at the Durban Open

14.12.2013 08:34:22
Latvia’s Smedins and Samoilovs take 2013 FIVB World Tour title

13.12.2013 19:29:01
Smedins and Samoilovs one win away from winning World Tour ranking

13.12.2013 18:35:29
France’s Rowlandson wants a proper farewell present for his partner

13.12.2013 17:16:19
Ukolova/Prokopeva knock out fellow countrymen after unlucky pool match

13.12.2013 13:13:52
Brazil’s Alison/Vitor Felipe top the pool with straight wins

13.12.2013 09:31:19
Greece’s Arvaniti/Karagkouni upset second seeded Russians

12.12.2013 19:10:23
Calm but rainy first day of pool play at the FIVB Durban Open

12.12.2013 17:58:15
World Tour leaders on track in Durban

12.12.2013 16:13:39
Namibia’s Elizabeth Röttcher makes FIVB debut at 44

12.12.2013 12:26:40
USA’s Kessy not about to say goodbye yet

11.12.2013 17:54:55
Major upsets on qualification day at the Durban Open

11.12.2013 16:36:52
Newcomers upset top seeded teams in Durban qualifications

11.12.2013 14:30:41
Czech Republic and Poland knock out South African qualifiers at Durban Open

10.12.2013 16:38:15
Durban Open changes schedule in honour of Nelson Mandela

09.12.2013 12:00:55
Durban set to host men’s ranking showdown

07.12.2013 10:47:26
Mayor dedicates Durban Open to memory of Nelson Mandela

03.12.2013 09:20:55
And the countdown begins to the Durban Open

20.11.2013 13:09:56
Durban expects huge fan turnout for beach volleyball Open

30.10.2013 10:30:45
Africa's surfing city excited to host final FIVB beach volleyball event of 2013

31.07.2013 12:39:15
Durban Open signals end of beach volleyball season