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They don’t call it The Big Apple for nothing. New York City is known for being big, loud, crowded and brash. While there are many professional tennis events held throughout the year, the last of the four majors, the US Open, held in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York reflects the spirit of the City. It is the biggest, loudest, most crowded, most expensive and perhaps, most anticipated event among the worldwide tennis faithful.
Many consider the Manhattan Beach Open the crown jewel of the pro beach volleyball circuit. It has been held at this iconic beach since 1960, and each year’s winning team gets a plaque on the pier with bragging rights for all time. This year’s winners were Phil Dalhausser/Sean Rosenthal on the Men’s side and Kerri Walsh-Jennings/April Ross for the Women. Both teams have been dominant in the 2014 beach volleyball season so while their victories at Manhattan Beach were hard earned, they were definitely not unexpected.
Long Beach, California was the site of a spectacular, multi-faceted beach celebration called The Asics World Series of Beach Volleyball Thousands of fans enjoyed a week of world class volleyball, live music and fun activities. The featured event was the FIVB Grand Slam, a beach volleyball tournament featuring the best male and female players in the world competing for prize money totaling $1,000,000. After six days of grueling competition, the top seeded teams from the USA emerged victorious to capture the gold medals.
Americans rarely get to see world class indoor volleyball in the United States. The game is popular in Europe, Asia and South America, but the US treats it as a second or third class sport so there is little incentive to hold competitions here. Fortunately for US fans, the men’s national team faced the Russians in Long Beach, California on June 6 and 7. It was a special treat to see two of the best teams in the world battle it out on US soil.
For the first time in 2011, it felt like the glory days of professional beach volleyball. The Manhattan Beach Open, the sport’s most prominent event in the United States, and maybe the world, took place before enthusiastic crowds on a beautiful, late August weekend. The United States Volleyball Association, with expert production from IMG Action Sports, and flagship sponsorship from Jose Cuervo, put on a successful, fun, and exciting tournament.