2018-07-11 03:10:00 CEST

Five men’s pool-openers to follow in Gstaad

The men’s tournament will feature a number of interesting matches on the first day of the main draw

Italians Lupo/Nicolai and Americans Crabb/Gibb will meet in Gstaad's pool play for the second straight yearItalians Lupo/Nicolai and Americans Crabb/Gibb will meet in Gstaad's pool play for the second straight year

The first day of the Swatch Major Gstaad’s main draw will feature 24 matches in the men’s tournament and all of the 32 tandems who are competing for the cowbells in the Swiss Alps will be challenged. It’s going to be a long day, but don’t get late because some of the most anticipated matches will happen in the morning session and here are five of them.


Who? Evandro/Vitor Felipe v Budinger/Rosenthal

Where? Center Court

When? 10:00 CEST

Why? The most successful of the new Brazilian teams so far will play for the first time in a Beach Major Series event and their first opponents will be the Americans, who are also debuting in a Major. Chase and Rosie are eager to prove they deserved the wildcard that sent them directly into Gstaad’s main draw after just two international tournaments together.


Who? Sørum/Mol v Plavins/Tocs

Where? Court 4

When? 10:00 CEST

Why? The Norwegian prodigies will have a tough and unpredictable opening match against the Latvian veterans as the teams are having positive seasons, including final appearances for both sides, and are separated by just 220 points in the world rankings, which speaks volumes about how even this game should be.


Who? Heidrich/Gerson v Rangel/Gomez

Where? Center Court

When? 12:00 CEST

Why? The best-seeded home team should have massive support as it start its campaign in the Swiss Alps against the Venezuelans, who couldn’t be more excited to be playing in their first-ever Beach Major Series main draw tournament. There are two young and talented teams that should provide a really entertaining match.


Who? Lupo/Nicolai v Crabb/Gibb

Where? Court 4

When? 12:00 CEST

Why? The Olympic silver medalists missed some tournaments as Lupo was dealing with a foot injury and they want to regain their best form against the Americans, who are dropping hugely in the world rankings and couldn’t have a better opportunity to bounce back than the Gstaad Major. The teams played in the Swiss Alps last year also in pool play - a gane the Italians won.


Who? Doppler/Horst v Koekelkoren/van Walle

Where? Court 3

When? 13:00 CEST

Why? One of the most experienced teams to compete in the Beach Major Series, the Austrians will need to use all their skills to keep their positive record (3 wins, 1 loss) against the Belgians, who finally made it to the main draw again after recent struggles and want to collect as many points as they can this week.

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