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2009 SWATCH FIVB World Tour
The 2009 international Beach Volleyball campaign
saw US$7.2 million in prize money distributed at 18
events in 15 countries. The 18 SWATCH FIVB World
Tour events (one World Championship, six Grand
Slams, six double gender Open events and five sin-
gle gender Open events) attracted competitors from
46 countries from all five FIVB confederations, with
748 players taking part including 401 men and 347
women.
Prior to becoming only the fourth non-Brazilian men’s
team to win the Tour championship, Julius Brink and
Jonas Reckermann of Germany captured the 2009
SWATCH FIVB World Championships in Stavanger
where they defeated Alison and Harley of Brazil in
the final. They then won the first two SWATCH FIVB
Grand Slam events, in Switzerland and Russia, by de-
feating 2003 world champions and 2004 Olympic
gold medal winners Emanuel and Ricardo in thrilling
three-set finales.
Brink and Reckermann also set a SWATCH FIVB
World Tour men’s record for most consecutive match
wins (25) and they finished the season by winning
four of six title matches with eight podium place-
ments, nine “final four” finishes and $274,200 in
earnings. While Alison and Harley finished as the No.
2-ranked team on the tour, Dutchmen Reinder Num-
merdor and Richard Schuil became the first men’s
pair to win three straight titles.
Juliana and Larissa set a SWATCH FIVB World Tour
single-season record for most gold medals as the
Brazilians topped the podium eight
times. The “Tour” championship was Ju-
liana and Larissa’s fourth in the past five
years but they did not have it all their
own way. Talita and Antonelli, second
overall, defeated their fellow Brazilians
for the Swiss Grand Slam gold medal in
Gstaad while Jen Kessy and April Ross,
third overall, pipped them to the World
Championship title in Norway. 
A record-breaking
year
SWATCH FIVB world champions: Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann of Germany and (below)
April Ross and Jen Kessy of USA
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