FIVB Beach Volelyball World Tour

Beach volleyball gets set for a bumper tournament calendar in 2014


A record $10.2m in prize money, 10 Grand Slams, an inaugural FIVB Grand Slam Final and 11 Open tournaments are the highlights of a record-breaking 2014 beach volleyball calendar.

With the aim of providing athletes with more opportunities to participate, the FIVB confirmed a total of 10 double-gender Grand Slams for the 2014 season, supplemented by a further seven double-gender and four single-gender Open tournaments, which represents a significant increase on the 10 Grand Slams and four Open tournaments which featured along with the World Championships in 2013 and carried total prize money of $6.4m. The previous record prize money for a season was $7.5m in 2011.

For the first time in FIVB history, two of the Grand Slams (The Hague and Long Beach) will have a prize pot of $1m, while the other eight will feature a total purse of $800,000 – nearly double the prize money of $440,000 on offer for Grand Slams in 2013.

When the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour kicks off at the Fuzhou Open in China on April 22, the race will be on to see who will be crowned kings and queens of the sand.

Beach volleyball’s stars will be out to pick up as many points as possible from the Grand Slam and Open tournaments as they strive to follow in the footsteps of 2013 female winners Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima from Brazil and Latvian male champions Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs.

The tournaments will spread across the five continents and take the sport to all areas of the globe before they conclude with the Durban Open on the shores of South Africa’s Indian Ocean from December 9 to 14.

If 2014 is anything like 2013, athletes and supporters alike will be in for another memorable season.


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