Xiamen returns for seventh-straight season

Xiamen, China, November 1, 2018 - The FIVB World Tour returns to Xiamen from April 24-28 for the seventh-straight season as the double-gender tournament is the fourth of nine events to be hosted by China on the 2018-2019 international beach volleyball calendar.

With the qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in progress, the 4-star Xiamen Open is one of the top point-producing events on the schedule with the winning teams securing 800 points for finishing atop the podium.

Being played in southeastern China, the Xiamen Open is the 20th men's and 18th women's event on the 2018-2019 schedule. After hosting FIVB events in Zhongwei, Qinzhou and Yangzhou last September and October, China will stage 2019 World Tour events in Jinjiang, Nantong, Nanjing, Qidong and Zhongwei after Xiamen in May, June, July and August.

Men's and women's teams from Brazil, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the United States have captured gold medals at the Xiamen Open. Here is a list of past winners.

2013 - Alison Cerutti/Vitor Felipe, Brazil
2014 - Youssef Krou/Edouard Rowlandson, France
2015 - Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, United States
2016 - Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera, Spain
2017 - Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen, Netherlands
2018 - Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Igor Velichko, Russia

2013 - April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2014 - Maria Antonelli/Juliana Felisberta, Brazil
2015 - Joana Heidrich/Nadine Zumkehr, Switzerland
2016 - Isabelle Forrer/Anouk Verge-Depre, Switzerland
2017 - Fernanda Alves/Barbara Seixas, Brazil
2018 - Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan, Canada


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