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SWATCH WORLD TOUR 2011

Prague Open | Men
  17/05/2011 - 22/05/2011

 
PRESS RELEASE
Prague to host only single-gender men's event of 2011

Last year's Prague Open podium featured (l-r) Alison Cerutti, Emanuel Rego, Todd Rogers, Phil Dalhausser, Jonas Reckermann and Julius Brink
     
 

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 8, 2011 – For the third year running Prague will feature on the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour itinerary as the Czech capital stages an open event for men from May 17-22.

After successfully staging events in 2008 and 2009, the World Tour returns to the banks of the River Vltava once more for the sole men's single-gender tournament of 2011.

Last year USA’s Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser clinched top spot on the podium as they saw off Brazil's Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego 2-1 (21-15, 14-21, 15-11) in the final. The eventual champions did not have an easy run, though, losing to compatriots Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal in their second match before winning five elimination matches in one day, including gaining revenge over Gibb and Rosenthal, to make the final.

Germany's Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann completed the podium by claiming third place with a 2-1 (25-27, 21-9, 15-10) win over China’s Penggen Wu and Linyin Xu.

The 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour has a total of 14 men's and 16 women's events across 13 countries. A definite highlight of the calendar will be the eighth edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Championships from June 14-26 in Rome.

This 23rd edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour also heralds the start of the World Tour Olympic qualifying process for 16 vacancies per gender, which runs from January 1 this year until June 17 next year. There will be six Grand Slams for the third year in a row offering 600,000 US dollars in prize money – in Norway, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Austria as well as the new Grand Slam in Beijing, China. Quebec in Canada will also feature on the calendar for the first time with a double gender Open event.

The 1million US dollar FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Championships includes a number of firsts for the biennial tournament – including being played in a capital city and featuring night matches – with the historic Parco del Foro Italico in Rome providing the venue. Meanwhile, the Chinese capital Beijing is back on the Tour calendar for the first time since the 2008 Olympic Games with a new Grand Slam event scheduled for June 6-12. Quebec will follow Montreal and Toronto as Canadian cities to host the World Tour, becoming the first since Montreal in 2007 when it stages a double-gender Open from July 18-24.

The 2011 schedule – which also includes an Olympic Games test event for women from August 9-14, replicating the Olympic formula, at London's Horse Guards Parade – will feature a total of 10 Opens of which six are double gender.

Women

Dates

Country

Event

Prize
Money

Bonus
Pool

April 18-23

Brasilia, Brazil

Open

$110’000

$80’000

April 26- May 1

Sanya, China

Open

$110’000

$80’000

May 3-8

Shanghai, China

Open

$110’000

$80’000

May 17 –22

Myslowice, Poland

Open

$110’000

$80’000

June 6-11

Beijing, China

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

June 14 – 26

Preliminary phase: 2 cities,
Italy Final phase: Rome, Italy

World Championships    

$250’000

$250’000

June 27- July 2

Stavanger, Norway

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

July 4-9

Gstaad, Switzerland

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

July 11-16

Moscow, Russia

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

July 18-24 (TBD)

Québec, Canada

Open

$110’000

$80’000

July 25-30

Stare Jablonki, Poland

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

August 1-6

Klagenfurt, Austria

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

** August 8-13

Kristiansand, Norway

Open

$110’000

$80’000

August 15-20

Aland, Finland/Sweden

Open

$110’000

$80’000

*** August 23-28

The Hague, Netherlands

Open

$110’000

$80’000

November 1-6

Phuket, Thailand

Open

$110’000

$80’000

 

$ 2’200’000

$ 1’810’000

 

 

 

 

 

Men

Dates

Country

Event

Prize
Money

Bonus
Pool

April 19-24

Brasilia, Brazil

Open

$110’000

$80’000

May 2-7

Shanghai, China

Open

$110’000

$80’000

May 17 –22

Prague, Czech Republic

Open

$110’000

$80’000

June 7-12

Beijing, China

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

June 14 – July 26

Preliminary phase: 2 cities,
Italy Final phase: Rome, Italy

World Championships

$250’000

$250’000

June 28- July 3

Stavanger, Norway

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

July 5-10

Gstaad, Switzerland

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

July 12-17

Moscow, Russia

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

July 18-24 (TBD)

Québec, Canada

Open

$110’000

$80’000

July 26-31

Stare Jablonki, Poland

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

August 2-7

Klagenfurt, Austria

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

**August 9-14

Kristiansand, Norway

Open

$110’000

$80’000

August 16-21

Aland, Finland/ Sweden

Open

$110’000

$80’000

*** August 23-28

The Hague, Netherlands

Open

$110’000

$80’000

 

 

 

$ 1’980’000

$ 1’650’000

16 Women’s events / 14 Men’s events including six Grand Slams & one World Championships 
Total Prize Money: USD 4’180’000  Total Bonus Pool: USD 3’460’000

Legend
** To be confirmed
*** Competition starts the same day for men and women
  
 
More press releases
22/05/2011 Brazil’s Alison and Emanuel capture gold in Prague
21/05/2011 Alison/Emanuel and Dalhausser/Rogers play for gold in Prague
20/05/2011 USA and Brazil secure spot in Prague semifinals
19/05/2011 Brazilian teams remain unbeaten in Prague Open main draw
18/05/2011 Top qualification seeds knocked out of Prague Open
18/05/2011 Brink/Reckermann withdraw from Prague Open
17/05/2011 Jennings/Wong advance to qualification in Prague
16/05/2011 Legend Ahmann has eye on Rosenthal/Gibb for Prague honours
11/05/2011 Who will stop Dalhausser/Rogers in Prague?
8/02/2011 Prague to host only single-gender men's event of 2011
27/01/2011 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour calendar finalised