Brazilians Schmidt/Solberg win King of the Court Antwerp


The medal winners in Antwerp celebrate

Antwerp, Belgium, September 8, 2018 - The Antwerp leg of the King of the Court Crown Series - an elimination beach volleyball competition in festival style – took place on Saturday, after a thrilling opening day in Utrecht the day before. The Brazilian team of Bruno Schmidt/Pedro Solberg won on the second day of the series, which will continue next week in the United States. The second place was for Norwegians Anders Mol/Christian Sorum followed by the team composed of Dutchman Alexander Brouwer and Russian Oleg Stoyanovskiy. Thousands of spectators watched the best players in the world compete in the city centre of Antwerp. DJ Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano ended the event with a spectacular show.

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Utrecht, Netherlands - September 7, 2018
Antwerp, Belgium - September 8, 2018
Waikiki, Hawaii, USA - September 14, 2018
Huntington Beach, California, USA - September 22-23, 2018

Fifteen of the world’s best beach volleyball teams battled for the title in Antwerp. More than 2000 spectators watched the games from the stands. The combination of sun and sand created the perfect atmosphere for the athletes on the court. The curiosity about King of the Court created an enormous boost for beach volleyball as a sport.

The second Kings of the Series are Brazilians Pedro Solberg and Bruno Schmidt. Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals winners Mol/Sorum from Norway were second ahead of the team of  Brouwer and Stoyanovskiy.

Singer Belle Peréz opened the final accompanied by a stunning display of fireworks, after which the Brazilian duo grabbed the title of King of the Court Antwerp. The world-famous DJ’s Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano ended the event during the after-party at the festival site.

Television stations such as Sky Sports (UK), all channels of Esporte 3 (Spain), Fox Sports (Australia, Africa and Asia) and Eleven Sports (USA) are broadcasting the highlight King of the Court Series. “Wide international coverage means the format is considered very interesting for the sport,” said Wilco Nijland, COO of SportworX.

The FIVB and SportworX announced the launch of King of the Court Series 2018: a faster and rougher version of beach volleyball. Four illuminated stadiums in the Netherlands, Belgium and the US form the battlefields for the series.

King of the Court was conceived of as a form of training. Out of this came a faster form with five teams instead of two. The competition is played during the day, while the spectacular finals and festival take place in the evening.

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