2017-07-05 09:55:00 CEST
Herrera/Gavira burst through the seven-figure prize money barrier
With their first serve here in the beautiful Swiss Alps on Wednesday in the USD 600,000 Gstaad Major, the Spanish team of Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera joined an elite list of Beach Bolleyball pairs that have won over a one million US dollars together on the FIVB World Tour.
The Gavira/Herrera partnership joins five men's and seven women's teams that have accumulated over one million dollars in prize money in FIVB World Tour earnings since the start of the international circuit in 1987 for men and 1992 for women.
The list now includes six Brazilian teams (three men and three women), three from the United States (one men, two women) and one each from China (one women), Germany (one women), Spain (one men) and Switzerland (one men).
With a guaranteed $4,000 for placing at least 25th this week at the Gstaad Major, Gavira and Herrera have earned $1,001,700 with the Swiss stop being their 89th FIVB World Tour event. Since forming their partnership in 2009, the Spaniards have won two gold medals, competed in seven finals, placed on the podium 15 times and played in 21 semi-finals matches. The Gavira/Herrera partnership has won 65.6 percent of their matches with 301 wins. Not bad, huh?
Following their match Wednesday against 22nd-seeded Ben Saxton/Chaim Schalk of Canada, the 11th-seeded Spaniards will play 27th-seeded qualifiers Christopher McHugh/Damien Schumann of Australia on Thursday and sixth-seeded Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola of Brazil Friday. A Pool F title will net Gavira/Herrera an addition $4,000 with a second- and/or third-place finish adding $2,000 to their career total.
The duo finished fourth here last year, just missing out on bronze – losing against Samoilovs/Smedins – so they have extra incentive to do well here in Gstaad.