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World Tour returns to Argentina for Corrientes Grand Slam

Local favourites Maria Zonta (left) and Ana Gallay will be playing at the Corrientes Grand Slam

Corrientes, Argentina, April 5, 2013 – In just a few weeks, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will return to Argentina. It will be the first time since 2000 that the country will hold a World Tour event when players arrive for the inaugural Corrientes Grand Slam that runs from May 22 to 26.

Corrientes, a city 1000-kilometres north of Buenos Aires, is the second stop of the 2013 World Tour, taking place just two weeks after the season opening Shanghai Grand Slam.

Local favourites Maria Zonta and Ana Gallay will aim to build on their experience from the London 2012 Olympic Games, but are likely to face stiff competition in the women’s competition from Olympic silver medallists Jennifer Kessy and April Ross from the USA, China’s Zhang Xi and Chen Xue and Germany’s Ilka Semmler and Katrin Holtwick, who won their first Tour gold medal at the end of 2012.

The men’s competition is far more open, with a number of partnerships out to gain early World Tour points. Phil Dalhausser won Olympic gold in 2008 with Todd Rogers, but is now playing with Sean Rosenthal and they will be trying to build some early momentum ahead of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships that take place in July.

London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Julius Brink is another player starting out with a new partner, in his case Sebastian Fuchs, following Jonas Reckermann’s retirement on account of injury. Italians Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo will be aiming to build on an impressive end to 2012, while world champions Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti will be out to find form ahead of the defence of their world crown later in the year.

The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will run over a six month period and features 10 mixed-gender tournaments across four of the five confederations, the last of which takes place in Sao Paolo, Brazil from October 9 to13.

The calendar also features the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships that take place in Stare Jablonki, Poland from July 1 to 7.

Following the completion of the Corrientes Grand Slam the World Tour moves to The Netherlands for The Hague Grand Slam that runs from June 11 to 16.


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