The beach volleyball season culminates in grand finale in Doha

18.12.2023 - Doha, Qatar

In the capital of Qatar, some of this season’s most prominent beach stars came to a clash to finish the 2023 season. First, in the Beach Pro Tour World Finals, Swedish youngsters Åhman/Hellvig and American beach stars Nuss/Kloth showed their prowess once more. Then, in the Queen & King of the Court Doha Finals, European stars Stam/Schoon and Ehlers/Wickler topped the podium.


Beach Pro Tour Finals

Though many prominent beach stars returned to Doha from last year’s World Finals, the winners of the men’s tournament, Åhman/Hellvig, competed in the event for the first time. In an all-Scandinavian final match, the reigning European champions faced off against former world champions Mol/Sørum, who took the gold medal last year. Though the Norwegians had defeated the Swedish youngsters in the pool play, Åhman/Hellvig turned the tides with a fantastic 2:0 win (21-16, 21-17) in the final match. Resting on the spot of the world’s number two men’s beach duo, just behind the Norwegians, Åhman/Hellvig finished their most successful season yet, winning not only their second European title in a row, but also claiming gold in three separate Elite16 events and silver at the World Championships.

The bronze medal went to Brazilian beach stars George Wanderley and Andre Loyola Stein, who finished fifth in the World Finals in 2022, beating Olympic medallists Cherif/Ahmed, the only home players in the tournament. The Brazilians other successes in 2023 include gold in Itapema, silver in Jurmala and a bronze medal in Gstaad.

In the women’s competition, Nuss/Kloth became the second American team to win the event after the inaugural tournament last year, which was won by current world champions Hughes/Cheng. Nuss/Kloth had also participated, but significantly stepped up from their fifth place last year and beat Germans Müller/Tilmann in straight sets (21-17, 21-14). In 2023, it was the third gold on this level for the duo, which is also currently the number two women’s team in the world ranking, after topping the podium in La Paz and Uberlandia.

The world’s number one duo, Ana Patrícia/Duda, had to settle for the bronze medal this time after they had won silver in 2022. In a tight tie-breaker (21-13, 18-21, 15-12) they beat Olympic medallists Mariafe/Clancy, who found themselves on the same fourth place spot as last year.

Queen & King of the Court Doha Finals

For the third time in a row, the Queen & King of the Court Crown Series Final took place at the Aspire Zone in Doha, Qatar. In the women’s tournament, Stam/Schoon secured their second win in a row in the series, after they triumphed in Rotterdam in September. In the gold medal match, they defeated Japanese duo Ishii/Akiko, who can claim the silver medal after teaming up just two months ago after the World Championships. Third on the podium were Helland-Hansen and Kotnik, a Norwegian/Slovenian pair which teamed up just for this event and, despite little time to prepare, managed to claim the bronze medal.

In the men’s competition, the gold medal went to German champions Ehlers/Wickler. They also won gold in Luxembourg, as well as a bronze and a silver medal in this year’s Elite16 events in Tepic and Paris, respectively. In Doha, they had to make their way past several pairs of brothers, beating the French Aye/Aye in the final. The bronze medal went to the English Bello-brothers, whereas the Latvian Samoilovs-brothers found themselves in the fourth spot.

Though these tournaments mark the end of the 2023 beach volleyball season, Doha is already set for the beginning of the 2024 season, as the city has already been announced to host an Elite16 tournament in early March of next year.