Vitor/Evandro lead men’s qualifiers at Shanghai Grand Slam
Shanghai, China, April 28, 2014 - Vitor Felipe and Evandro Oliveira of Brazil were seeded No. 1 among 24 teams which will kick off the men's qualification tournament of the US$800,000 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Shanghai Grand Slam Tuesday morning.
Vitor, who had paired with Evandro to win the Berlin Grand Slam before taking the Xiamen Grand Slam title together with Alison Cerutti in 2013, reunited with Evandro at the start of this season, but failed to make the Main Draw of the Fuzhou Open last week. Shifting from Fuzhou to Shanghai, Vitor/Evandro will have a bye in the first round elimination action.
The 24-team qualification tournament also features Fuzhou Open bronze medallists Jon Stiekema and Christiaan Varenhorst from the Netherlands. Seeded second, Stiekema and Varenhorst will await the winners between Czech Republic's Premysl Kubala/Jan Dumek and Norway's Iver Andreas Horrem and Geir Eithun.
The action will kick off at nine o'clock local time with eight teams to qualify for the 32-team men's Main Draw tournament.
Last week’s season-opening US$150,000 FIVB Fuzhou Open got things go in resounding fashion. Italy, Brazil and the Netherlands won the men’s medals and the United States, Brazil and China captured the podium in the women’s competition. The FIVB Fuzhou Open was the season opener for the 2014 FIVB World Tour and the first of seven double-gender FIVB Open tournaments on the 20014 calendar.
The 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar features a record purse of US$10.2 million with a season that extends from late April to mid-December competing at 21 venues in 18 countries. This year’s FIVB World Tour includes a record 10 FIVB Grand Slam events, the inaugural Grand Slam Finale and 11 FIVB Open Tournaments throughout the world, helping expand the door for development of the sport even further.
The 10 FIVB Grand Slam competitions, all double-gender, have eight with $800,000 in total purses while both The Hague, Netherlands and the Long Beach, Calif., USA event will have $1 million each in prize money, the most in FIVB Grand Slam history.
The 11 FIVB Open tournaments in 2014, seven double-gender, two men only and two women only, will have $150,000 total purses for the double gender events and $75,000 for the single-gender competitions.