Courtesy of Beach Volleyball Major Series Media Service
Hamburg to host historic second straight Finals in 2018.
Hamburg will once again move to the samba beat of beach volleyball in 2018 when it has the honor of hosting the Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals for a second successive season.
No other nation has held the World Tour Finals more than once, but the northern German city will welcome capacity crowds and the world’s elite beach volleyball players between August 14-19, in what will be most prestigious tournament of the 2018 beach volleyball season.
Last season 66,000 fans packed the iconic Rothenbaum stadium for five days of breathtaking action. The 100,000 US Dollar top prize and the gold medals went to the USA’s Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena and home heroes Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, the German superstars and reigning World and Olympic champions.
Legendary American pair Lucena/Dalhausser stunned newly crowned World Champions Andre Loyola Stein and Evandro Gonçalves Oliveira Junior of Brazil to lift the men’s title, but the story of the week undoubtedly belonged to Laura and Kira.
Just two weeks after claiming their first world title in Vienna, Hamburg’s finest – who had missed a large chunk of the 2017 season through injury – edged a dramatic women’s final, beating Brazilian challengers Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda ‘Duda’ Santos Lisboa in the women’s final to claim gold.
“We’re thrilled to hear that the World Tour Finals are coming to Hamburg again,” said a delighted Ludwig.
The Olympic champ added: “Beach volleyball is hugely popular throughout Germany and especially in Hamburg. It’s a place we call home, we love it here and the support we received in the past two tournaments here was unbelievable. I am sure the fans will come out in their numbers again to support us. We can’t wait.”
The 2018 World Tour Finals will be the fourth edition of beach volleyball’s end-of-season showpiece, which has previously been held in Fort Lauderdale in 2015 and Toronto in 2016 prior to the 2017 event in Hamburg.
The World Tour Finals in Hamburg will bring the curtain down on the 2018 beach volleyball season, during which the world’s best beach volleyball athletes compete at three five-star Beach Major Series tournaments, in Fort Lauderdale, Gstaad and Vienna.