Just when you thought the SWATCH FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour was enough to whet the appetite the introduction of a new four-leg Grand Slam this year promises to inject further spice having opened the possibility for a team to claim "The Grand Slam".
Four tournaments on the World Tour - Berlin, Germany in June, Marseille, France in July, Klagenfurt, Austria in August and Long Beach, California for the final leg in September will each carry high prestige as being one of the Grand Slam legs, carrying US$300,000 in prize money. Should a team succeed in winning all four tournaments, they, as Grand Slam Champions, will not only go down in the annals of the history of our sport, but they will also attract admiration from their peers and the sport's aficionados.
This sporting concept, already entrenched in traditional sports such as tennis and golf, will create a real sporting challenge to top teams and serve up another delectable appetizer for all Beach Volleyball fans. Not only does this year's Beach Volleyball calendar include Olympic qualifying and boast a record World Championships and prize money to the value of a minimum US$5 million but teams on both the men's and women's circuits now have the chance to receive further acclaim.
1st leg: Berlin, Germany. FIVB World Tour Grand Slam.
Men: 25 June - 29 June. Women: 24 June - 28 June
2nd leg: Marseille, France. FIVB World Tour Grand Slam.
Men: 16 July - 20 July. Women: 15 July - 19 July
3rd leg: Klagenfurt, Austria. FIVB World Tour Grand Slam.
Men: 31 July - 03 Aug. Women: 30 July - 02 Aug
4th leg: Los Angeles, USA. FIVB World Tour Grand Slam.
Men and Women: 18 Sept. - 21 Sept