When the world’s best men’s teams clash this week it is of course about the prize money and ranking points, but most of all it’s about the prestige of winning the first Grand Slam ever held in Shanghai. The finals for the medals will take place on Sunday, 6 May.
Almost all of our FIVB Heroes will play, only the Germans Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann and the Italian brothers Paolo and Matteo Ingrosso won’t feature. Jonas hopes to be back soon with his partner, but doesn’t want to take any risks: “Normally I would’ve played, but the Olympics are our biggest aim. I’ll take my time to recover now, so I’ll be fit soon.“
As always, special attention is paid to the number one ranked Americans Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, who won the Shanghai Open last year. The second seeded Brazilians Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego will do their best to prevent Todd and Phil’s second win in a row and capture the gold medal themselves. Both teams should be rested and recovered from their injuries, as they took a week off and did not play in Poland last week.
Other teams also have every reason to hope for good results. The Spaniards Paolo Herrera and Adrian Gavira proved their quality last week, finishing third after beating Italian Paolo Nicolai and his partner Daniele Lupo in the bronze medal match.
Especially motivated will be our Chinese Heroes Linyin Xu and Penggen Wu. Experiencing a difficult start to the tour this season, there is no better place for them to recapture their great shape from last year than in front of thousands of Chinese fans cheering for them.
Keep in touch to find out about the results and our Heroes’ performances!