Elite16 - Montréal, CAN - 2023 - Beach Pro Tour 2023 season - News

Partain/Benesh (USA) vs. Sepka/Semerad (CZE) - Pool A #5645658

Americans Benesh and Partain are fresh from their victory at the Gstaad Elite16

The status of beach volleyball as a truly global sport will be on full display in the men’s tournament of next week’s Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Elite16 event in Montréal, Canada.

With the entry lists now released, the Beach Pro Tour is going to have, for the first time since its start, in 2022, an Elite16 tournament beginning with men’s teams from 12 different countries occupying the direct spots in the main draw.

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The five-day day event that’s going to be held at the Notre Dame Island from July 26-30 will also have four continents represented in the main draw, with duos hailing from North America, South America, Europe and Asia to compete in Montréal.

Norway, the United States and Czechia occupy the top three main draw spots with reigning Olympic and world champion Anders Mol and Christian Sørum, Gstaad Elite16 winners Andy Benesh and Miles Partain and Uberlândia Elite16 champions Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner, respectively.

The winners of the Itapema Challenge, Brazilians Andre Loyola and George Wanderley are seeded fourth, ahead of Germans Nils Ehlers and Clemens Wickler, who took bronze at the Tepic Elite16, and Poles Michal Bryl and Bartosz Łosiak, who were third in Uberlândia.

Qatari Olympic medalists Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan are seventh, followed by Italian Olympians Adrian Carambula and Alex Ranghieri, who took bronze at the season-opening Doha Elite16, and Dutch Olympic medalists Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen.

Chilean Olympians Marco and Esteban Grimalt, Itapema Challenge silver medalists Youssef Krou and Arnaud Gauthier-Rat of France and Canadian wildcards Sam Schachter and Dan Dearing complete the list of duos guaranteed in the main draw in Montréal.

**Beach Pro Tour Montréal Elite16 - Men's Entry List**

The list of countries to take part in the Montréal Elite16 main draw could increase on Wednesday, when the qualifier is going to be held and four other duos will earn a shot at fighting for the title. Australia, with Thomas Hodges/Zach Schubert, Chris McHugh/Paul Burnett and Mark Nicolaidis/Izac Carracher, Ukraine, with Sergiy Popov/Eduard Reznik, Austria, with Alexander Horst/Julian Hörl, and Spain, with Pablo Herrera/Adrián Gavira, are the nations that don’t have representation on the main draw yet that will be in action in the qualifier in Canada.

The main draw begins on Thursday, after the conclusion of the qualifier, and will have four pools with four teams each. The top three teams in each pool will take part in the elimination rounds, which will feature the Round of 12 and the quarterfinals, on Saturday. The semifinals and medal matches will be played on Sunday.

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