Rome hosts final Grand Slam before World Championships
Rome, Italy, April 12, 2013 – Beach volleyball returns to the Eternal City for the ever-popular Rome Grand Slam, the fourth of 10 tournaments as part of a new and improved FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
A number of teams will be eyeing success at the Foro Italico Sports Complex from June 19 to 23, with the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships set to start a week after the action finishes in Rome.
Defending world champions Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti have good memories of the venue having won the 2011 World Championships and the silver medals at the 2012 Rome Grand Slam there.
Last year they lost in the final to Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, who qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games with that victory. Since then though, Rosenthal has teamed up with 2008 Olympic champion Phil Dalhausser and the gold medals will be firmly in their sights.
Chinese pair Chen Xue and Zhang Xi won bronze in the women’s competition at the 2011 World Championships, but will be out for gold this time.
Laura Ludwig won silver a year ago with Sara Goller, but returns this year with Kira Walkenhorst and the Germans will be eyeing a place on the podium. USA’s Jennifer Kessy and April Ross were also finished on the podium a year ago with the bronze medals, but they will expect to challenge for a place in the gold medal match this time around.
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 9-13.
Rome first hosted a mixed gender grand slam for the first time in 2010 and was host of the 2011 World Championships.
Following the completion of the Rome Grand Slam the World Tour moves onto the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Stare Jablonki, Poland from July 1-7 before heading to the Gstaad Grand Slam in Switzerland from July 9-14.