2018-07-09 09:00:00 CEST
Here are the tandems you don’t want to miss when the action starts in Gstaad!
The Swiss Alps will host the best volleyball players in the world for the 19th straight season at the Swatch Major Gstaad is set to start. You should watch as many matches as you can, of course (either in the stadium or on BeachStream), but if you are one of those fans who prefer to focus in some selected teams, here are the ones we recommend you to keep an eye on in the men’s tournament:
Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak (Poland)
There’s no better way to start this list off than with the world rankings leaders, right? So here they are, the Polish stars, who remain as steady as usual and are coming from arguably the biggest result of their careers as they won the four-star event in the home sand of Warsaw a couple of weeks ago. Last year's Gstaad silver medalists are poised to do well in the big tournaments in 2018 and there’s no better place to do that than the Beach Major Series, right?
Evandro Goncalves and Vitor Felipe (Brazil)
Brazilian teams have gone through a massive shakeup in the middle of the season and the 2017 world champion and the 2015 Pan-American Games silver medalist seem to have come out on top of it as they had the best results among the new formations. They have had two semifinal appearances so far, including a silver medal in Warsaw, and finished in the top-5 of each of the three tournaments they played at since they reunited.
Pablo Herrera and Adrián Gavira (Spain)
The Spanish are of the teams with better chemistry in the World Tour as they’ve been playing together since 2009 and their experience has translated in to results pretty well in 2018 as they have five top-10 finishes in six events, including a gold medal won in Ostrava. They are yet to win a medal in the Beach Major Series, though, as their best finish was a fourth in Gstaad in 2016. Is it time to give a step further?
Sean Rosenthal and Chase Budinger (USA)
The American wildcards are just taking their first steps in the international scene as they’ve played just two tournaments and have a ninth-place in the three-star event in Lucerne as their best finish, but made their first finals appearance in the American AVP in the weekend just gone. And never discard a team with a player as talented as Rosie, and with Chase eager to make a good impression on his first time among the best players in the world, they could turn some heads in Gstaad.
Adrian Heidrich and Mirco Gerson (Switzerland)
With Marco Krattiger sidelined and his partner Nico Beeler playing with a provisory teammate in Quentin Métral, these young Swiss will carry most of the hopes of their country’s fans. They are both from volleyball families (their sisters also compete in the World Tour) and have won their first medal together, a bronze, a couple of months ago in Lucerne. Can they surprise the favorites and bring joy to the local crowd?
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