Since 1999, the event has been the most awaited Brazilian beach volleyball comp. It’s a tradition in Rio, in the city’s soul, Ipanema, the birthplace of beach volleyball.
The reason for that is very simple: it is the only beach volley tournament for individual players. The eight players are divided into two groups and take turns to play with their peers. The teams are formed by singling out the athletes who usually play together. This type of competition forces them to adapt quickly to their partner, making the matches more unpredictable. The two players going to the finals choose their partners from among those not qualified on the first day of the tournament.
Broadcasted live by Sportv throughout Brazil, the men’s and women’s tournaments are watched by about 15 million subscribers, according to the channel’s estimates.