2019-06-19 18:35:00 CET
The legendary blocker is making another comeback and will pair with the defender in the Swiss Alps
We all thought we had seen the last of Brazilian legend Ricardo Santos in the Beach Volleyball World Tour when Álvaro Filho and him competed at the four-star event in Doha, last March, didn’t we?
Well, luckily, we were wrong.
The 44-year-old blocker, who stayed out of international competition since he split with Álvaro in March, was splitting his time between the Brazilian Tour, which he won the 2018-2019 season, and the American AVP, where he’s been partnering with Sean Rosenthal.
Now, however, he’s up to yet another international comeback and he couldn’t have picked a better occasion to do so as the 2004 Olympic champion will pair with rising star Guto Carvalhaes for the Swatch Major Gstaad from July 9-14.
“I’m very happy to be back at the World Tour,” Ricardo told beachmajorseries.com. “I have been doing it for so many years and being part of a new project still excites me. We had agreed to play as many tournaments we can and we’ll see where our results take us.”
It will be the second stint for the team as Ricardo and Guto have played together in four events in 2018, most notably winning silver in a four-star event in Espinho, Portugal. At that time, the Olympic champion had also been out of the international scene for over a year.
The reunion was set after Guto split with Saymon Barbosa and found in Ricardo the best option to partner for the remainder of the season.
“I wasn’t playing in the World Tour lately for my own decision, but I was doing my best to remain at my best level both in Brazil and at the AVP, so I think that helped,” the legendary blocker added. “That certainly enticed other athletes to believe in me and invite me to be part of their projects.”
The team is automatically entered at the main draw in the Swiss Alps and that means a more than timely return for Ricardo, who will be in Gstaad for the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the beach volleyball event there making his 17th appearance in the event.
“I have some great memories in Gstaad and I’m very confident that we’ll be able to have a good tournament there,” he explained. “We obviously know that the Olympic qualification would be a long shot for us at this point, so we just want to do our best, starting from Gstaad.”