German Grand Slam
Berlin, Germany June 25-29 2003
BERLIN TAKES ON GRAND SLAM STATUS
The city of Berlin has long been a staunch supporter of beach volleyball, having hosted highly-successful men's World Tour events for the past nine years. So it came as no surprise when the German capital was elected to host this season's first Grand Slam event, the $300,000 German Open.
But this year the women also go to this landmark city steeped in history and culture and home favorites Stephanie Pohl and Okka Rau - who finished a highly creditable 10th in the world rankings last season will be there to challenge the world's leading teams for home town glory.
This year the organizers will again transport 1,500 tonnes of sand into the city center for the event in Schlossplatz, one of the most historic parts of Berlin where they will create a 'downtown' beach for the world's finest beach
Berlin has a proud history of staging major international
sporting events and with the German Open's new Grand Slam status organisers, who also staged a great women's World Volleyball Championship last year culminating in this landmark metropolis, are confident they will break all attendance records.
Germany is now producing some of the Tour's most promising Beach athletes as the country and its European neighbors are continue to enjoy a boom in Beach Volleyball and Berlin has a proud history of staging major international sporting events. With the new elevated Grand Slam status organizers are planning for huge numbers of spectators in what will surely be one of THE events of the 2003 season.
After the German Open, the Women's Beach Volleyball World Tour moves north to the Norwegian coastal city of Stavanger for the $150,000 Norway Open.
(left photo) and partner
Okka Rau (right photo)
will be looking for a victory
on their home territory.