2018-06-21 13:05:00 CET
The Olympic champion promises his new team with Pedro will give opponents a hard time on the World Tour
Part of the process of starting a new partnership in beach volleyball involves figuring out what the team’s identity will be. What might seem like an easy task is sometimes a source of significant struggle for new teammates and just after some time the tandem understands what the best way to perform together is.
It didn’t take that long for Bruno Schmidt and Pedro Solberg, however. The Brazilians might have joined forces just a few weeks ago, but they are adamant about what they want their team to look like inside the courts.
“We know we cannot serve like Evandro or block like Dalhausser, but we want to be that annoying team that doesn’t give up points for free and that opponents hate to play against,” Bruno told beachmajorseries.com. “We’ll be the most competitive team out there and we’ll for sure demand the absolute best from our opponents. We believe in our technical skills and we are going all in for this plan.”
The team was formed after a last month's surprising move from Bruno and his former partner Alison Cerutti when they decided to end a partnership that had won both the Rio 2016 Olympics and the 2015 World Championships.
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Bruno felt he needed a new challenge and he knew he could find one in Pedro, a player with who he had partnered between 2012 and 2013. During that time they won the Brazilian Tour and competed in 13 World Tour events, earning two golds, two silver and two bronze medals. They were also the under-21 world champions in 2006.
“Personally, I felt like I needed something new to motivate me to keep pushing forward,” Bruno said. “I could feel that after so much time in the same system I was feeling over relaxed in some aspects.
“This change is having such a positive impact on myself, it’s like a fresh start. And playing with a great friend like Pedro makes it even better. He had some important experiences with different partners while I was playing with Alison and I think it did a lot of good for him.”
The reunion didn’t happen until the first days of June, but the short period of time they had to get together was enough to leave some positive impressions on both players. Some glimpses of their old times were seen in their training sessions in Rio de Janeiro under the guidance of coach Renato França and the confidence level is high.
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According to Bruno, all they could do was done and now it’s time for another important step – to play.
“We had just two and a half weeks to practice together, but they were intense,” Bruno added. “It was like we clicked immediately when we were together in the court again and things were just coming together again. We knew we adjusted a lot of what we had to in training, but now we need to play because that’s how we’ll get better as a team. The rehearsals were great, but now it’s time to put it to test.”
Playing, though, should not be an issue for the new partners in the near future as they are entered to compete in three-straight World Tour four-star events in as many weeks, starting in Ostrava in the Czech Republic this week before heading to Poland and Portugal. Plus, the pair are already assured of a place in the main draw for the Swatch Major Gstaad, too.
With three weeks and plenty of opportunities to play before the Major in the Mountains, Bruno and Pedro should be in the top of their games when the Beach Major Series resume in the Swiss Alps between July 10-15.
“Hopefully these next three weeks will be more than enough for us,” he said. “We want to be in good form for the Majors in July and August as they are very important, especially in terms of ranking points. Plus the Olympic race starts next year, so we want to make the most of these tournaments to be ready when we’ll need the most.”
Good luck, guys - and see you in Gstaad.