Dear Beach Volleyball Community

So far, we only knew a scenario like the current one from the fiction of various apocalypse movies. In reality, of course, none of us really have any idea how to deal with it. Only one thing unites us in this challenging time: the certainty that we have to put down everything that is not directly related to the elimination of the virus. A logical conclusion that, however, has a dramatic impact on all of us.

Experts are now predicting that the pandemic will peak in July and August. And that, in turn, means for us that currently, nobody can assume the responsibility to approach the implementation of the planned events with a clear conscience and with full conviction. After extensive discussions with the International Federation, our sponsors as well as partners and representatives from the cities of Vienna and Hamburg, we decided to cancel the two Major tournaments. And we can no longer contribute to the upgrade of the event in Gstaad.

We are sad to announce this decision. At the moment, we only have hope that the global crisis will soon subside and be under control. Then we will start the work to realize our events in 2021 with full energy and unwavering commitment.

My thanks go to everyone who has shared and supported our enthusiasm for beach volleyball over the past 25 years. I firmly believe that we will be able to provide proof of our subline again next year:

Goosebumps don't lie - See you @ the Beach!

Your Hannes Jagerhofer for the Beach Majors team
Founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series

World Championship wildcards announced

13.05.2019 - Hamburg, Germany.

Former World champions Laura Ludwig and Kerri Walsh Jennings are among the six teams chosen as wildcards by the FIVB for this year's World Championships in Hamburg

  • FIVB announce World Championship wildcards
  • German women Ludwig/Kozuch, Körtzinger/Schneider
  • German men Bergmann/Harms and Winter/Walkenhorst
  • Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat of USA
  • Italian men Ranghieri/Caminati also receive wildcard

Reigning Olympic and World champion Laura Ludwig is among the star players to have been handed a wildcard by the FIVB for this year’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Hamburg 2019 presented by comdirect & ALDI Nord.

German golden girl Ludwig, together with new teammate Maggie Kozuch, will aim to defend the World title on home sand two years after the 33-year-old triumphed in Vienna with Kira Walkenhorst.

The duo are one of two German women’s teams to be awarded a wildcard by the FIVB for the one million US Dollar event where the beach elite will compete between June 28 and July 7. Joining the experienced Ludwig and Kozuch are rising stars Leonie Körtzinger, 22, and 23-year-old Sarah Schneider.

The third women’s wildcard went to beach legend and three-time Olympic and World champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and teammate Brooke Sweat. 40-year-old American Walsh Jennings, who won three World Championship titles in a row between 2003 and 2007, missed the 2017 in Austria event through injury.

Meanwhile, on the men’s side, two German men’s teams have guaranteed their place inside the Rothenbaum stadium at their home World Championships with a wildcard.

Yannick Harms and Philipp-Arne Bergmann and Sven Winter and Alexander Walkenhorst – brother of Kira – will take on the best beach volleyball athletes and will benefit from experiencing the goosebumps of a passionate German crowd.

Completing the line-up of wildcards chosen by the FIVB are Italian pairing of Alex Ranghieri and Marco Caminati. The FIVB World Tour regulars have enjoyed a steady run of form in the past two seasons, including a number of top 10 finishes.

The FIVB’s six wildcards will join the 42 other qualifiers per gender from around the world for the summer spectacular which kicks off on June 28. Each team will find out their pool play opponents when the Drawing of Lots takes place in the Hamburg Rathaus on June 4.

To view the complete entry lists click here.