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Silesia Open | Men
  24/04/2012 - 29/04/2012

Myslowice awaits for top men's duos

Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann (right) will hope to improve on the bronze medal they won at the 2010 Myslowice Open when they arrive in Poland next week
Myslowice, Poland, April 20, 2012 - Germany’s Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann will be leading the field next week at the Silesia Open in Myslowice, Poland with over 100 teams set to compete at the first single gender men’s tournament of the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour.

In the absence of world champions Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego from Brazil and Olympic champions Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, the Germans will arrive in the Polish city as likely favourites for the Silesia Open title. The current European champions and former world champions Brink and Reckermann have played 39 World Tour events together so far, reaching at least the semifinals on 22 occasions. They finished third in the overall World Tour ranking last year, collecting three silver and three bronze medals and third place at the World Championships in Rome, and will do their utmost to hold on to that excellent position in view of the Olympic Games in London this summer.

Brazil’s Ricardo Santos and Pedro Cunha (seeded second) and Pedro Solberg Salgado and Marcio Araujo (seeded ninth) will also be on the prowl for a medal. Ricardo and Cunha paired up in July last year, winning two gold medals in five events, after Ricardo ended his partnership with Marcio Araujo. Marcio Araujo and Pedro formed a new team this year and in the next few months will compete with Ricardo and Cunha for the desirable second Olympic ticket for London behind Brazil favourites Alison and Emanuel.

For Poland, Mariusz Prudel and Maciej Kosiak might bring on a surprise, with Prudel’s regular partner, Grzegorz Fijalek, struggling with an injury.

“I had some problems with an injury and that is why we did not go to Brasilia,” Fijalek, who finished fourth last year with Prudel on the World Tour, said. “It is far better now, but I have been feeling pain for a few months and I am not in optimal condition.”

But his substitute is far from a simple stand-in. Young Kosiak won the Youth World Championships last year alongside Lukasz Kaczmarek and has been practicing with Prudel over the winter.

The hosts will have at least another two teams in the 32-team Main Draw. Besides Fijalek/Prudel, Michal Kadziola and Jakub Szalankiewicz and Michal Bryl and Maciej Rudol (wildcard) are pre-seeded for the main event while a further seven Polish teams will compete in the Country Quota and Qualification tournaments.

The FIVB SWATCH World Tour Silesia Open will begin on Tuesday with the Country Quota matches, followed by the Qualification tournament on Wednesday. The Main Draw matches will begin on Thursday with the semifinals scheduled for Saturday and the medal matches for Sunday.

The town of Myslowice, located 70km outside Krakow, will be hosting a FIVB SWATCH World Tour event for a fifth time after successfully hosting the Junior and World Championships in 2006 and 2007. The first World Tour competition was a single-gender women’s tournament in 2008, as was the 2011 event. In 2009 and 2010 it was the men who took centre stage. The 2010 podium was topped by USA’s Dalhausser/Rogers who beat Spain’s Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera in the final while Brink/Reckermann sealed bronze.

The $190.000 Silesia Open is the second competition on the 14-tournament men’s calendar and the first of three men’s only stops. The women will be competing in Sanya, China in the same week. After that both men and women will travel to Shanghai for the first Grand Slam of 2012 from April 30 to May 6. The World Tour will return to Poland following the London 2012 Olympic Games for the Stare Jablonski Grand Slam from August 13 to 19.

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