Saturday September 8 the King of the Court Crown Series took place in Antwerp, after a thrilling opening day in Utrecht the day before.
The Brazilian team Schmidt/Solberg won on the second day of the series, which will continue next week in the United States. The second place was for the Norwegians Mol/Sorum followed by the Dutch team Brouwer/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.
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 Olympic and former world champions Pedro Solberg and Bruno Schmidt. The Norwegian european champions 2018 - Mol/Sorum - became second before the Dutchman Brouwer and his replacement partner 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 show. “Wide international coverage means the format is considered very interesting for the sport,” says Wilco Nijland, COO of SportworX.
The FIVB, the International Volleyball Federation, 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.