Antalya Open | 20 - 25 October 2015
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, October 26, 2015 — Holding the last of two double-gender events on the 2015 portion of the 2016 calendar last week, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) now takes two weeks off from the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Antalya, Turkey, October 25, 2015 – Italy’s Alex Ranghieri and Adrian Carambula claimed their first gold medal on the World Tour at the inaugural FIVB Antalya Open on Sunday. In the final they defeated Mexico’s Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros 2-0 (21-19, 21-16).... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Antalya, Turkey, October 25, 2015 – The inaugural FIVB World Tour Antalya Open will have another Italian team on the podium. On Saturday Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth won the silver in the women’s tournament and Sunday morning Alex Ranghieri and Adrian Carambula reached the men’s final in Turkey.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Antalya, Turkey, October 25, 2015 - It has made her stronger and more appreciative of her life as a professional beach volleyball player, she says. Alexandra Moiseeva underwent major surgery at the start of the season. Doctors took out part of her thyroid, because her hormone levels were disturbingly abnormal and could affect her heart.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Antalya, Turkey, October 24, 2015 – Esteban and Marco Grimalt reached the final four of a FIVB World Tour event for the third time in their career on Saturday. On their way to the Antalya Open semifinals the cousins from Chile knocked out top seeds Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins in the second elimination round. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Antalya, Turkey, October 24, 2015 – Marketa Slukova and Barbora Hermannova claimed the gold medal at the inaugural FIVB World Tour Antalya Open on Saturday. In only their fifth event and first final together the new Czech pair defeated Italy’s Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth 2-0 (21-15, 21-17). ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Antalya, Turkey, October 24, 2015 – Italy’s Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth will take on Czech pair Marketa Slukova and Barbora Hermannova Saturday afternoon for the gold medal at the inaugural Antalya Open.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Antalya, Turkey, October 23, 2015 – Marta Menegatti and Viki Orsi Toth reached their third final four in a row on a very rainy and stormy Friday at the FIVB World Tour Antalya Open. The second seeded Italians defeated two German teams to get to the semifinal: Teresa Mersmann and Isabel Schneider (21-16, 21-14) and Kim Behrens and Anni Schumacher (2... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Antalya, Turkey, October 23, 2015 – The top four teams in the men’s competition of the FIVB World Tour Antalya Open are still on medal course after pool play ended on Friday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Antalya, Turkey, October 22, 2015 – Dries Koekelkoren and Tom van Walle had a flying start at the FIVB World Tour Antalya Open on Thursday. With two straight wins over USA and Turkey the 14th seeded Belgians already secured a spot in the elimination rounds.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Antalya, Turkey, October 22, 2015 – Stefanie Schwaiger and Barbara Hansel upset top seeds Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler 2-1 (21-13, 17-21, 15-11) on Thursday in a direct match for the pool win at the FIVB World Tour Antalya Open.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Antalya, Turkey, October 22, 2015 – Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins are popular everywhere they go and usually you will see some Latvian fans on the stands with the national flag cheering for them, but in Antalya a group of about thirty very loud fans appeared to support the top seeded Latvians during their first pool play match at the FIVB ... Read full news
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour heading back to Turkey after 17 years
One of six new venues the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar, Antalya, Turkey will host the double-gender $150,000 FIVB Antalya Open, to be held October 20-25. It will mark the fourth men’s competition in Turkey and first that a women’s tournament will be held in this country.
A total of three previous FIVB World Tour events have been staged in Turkey.
In 1996, 1997 and 1998, Alanya, Turkey hosted men’s stops on the FIVB World Tour prior to this year’s event in Antalya.
Turkey has hosted a total of three men’s FIVB World Tour events and Brazil leads the medal count with six medals and with one men’s medal each are Argentina, Canada and Norway.
The 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar includes five FIVB Grand Slams, the new FIVB Swatch FIVB Major Series of three events, seven FIVB Opens and a special Swatch FIVB Season Final in the United States. A showcase event was the $1 million 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in the Netherlands (June 26-July 5).
Situated on a steep cliff over the Mediterranean, Antalya is a picturesque city surrounded by mountains. Developments in tourism, starting in the 1970s, have transformed the city into an international resort. With its airport and central location, Antalya is "the capital of Turkish tourism", a gateway for the Turkish Riviera and many historical sites. Furthermore with its palm-lined boulevards, its prize-winning marina, preserved historical neighborhood of Kaleiçi, and the modern developments along the coast, the city of Antalya is a major attraction in its own right. Antalya and its surroundings are a very important part of Turkish tourism.
The principal holiday resort of the Mediterranean is the beautiful region of Antalya with a majestic coastline of beaches and rocky coves where the towering Toros (Taurus) Mountains provide a magnificent view behind the city. The population of the city is 2.4 million. Antalya is an attractive city, at an altitude of only about 50 meters. The picturesque old quarter called Kaleiçi which has narrow, winding streets and charming wooden houses next to the city walls is one of the main attractions.
Since its founding in the 2nd century B.C. by Attalus ll, a king of Pergamon who named the city Attaleia after himself, it has had a continuous history. The Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks occupied the city before it came under Ottoman rule.
A total of 15 countries are hosting events this year as the 2015 FIVB World Tour has begun the Olympic qualification process with all FIVB World Tour events (except the FIVB World Tour Finals) in 2015 up until June 13, 2016 counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine the 15 vacancies for each gender that will take part in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The 2015 FIVB World Ranking system will again include FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam and Open events along with additional pre-approved events at the inter-continental, continental and national levels.
Implemented in 2013, the format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments – whether FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam or FIVB Beach Volleyball Open – are the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds. While the FIVB World Championships had 48 teams, all other tournaments have 32 teams and begin with a qualification tournament in each gender to determine the final eight teams in the main draw fields.
Country quota playoffs are also held, as needed, to determine the final teams for qualification tournaments.
The 2014-2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup also returns this year as it starts its portion of the qualification process for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.