Alvaro Evandro

New Brazilian champions Alvaro and Evandro in Cuiaba (Photo: Wander Roberto/Inovafoto/CBV)

The 2021 Brazilian Tour season came to an end on Sunday and the teams of Evandro Goncalves/Alvaro Filho and Carolina Salgado/Barbara Seixas were crowned the country’s national champions at the conclusion of the fifth and final event of the year.

Evandro and Alvaro joined forces just a few months ago after competing at the Tokyo Olympics with different teammates and benefited from the absence of leaders Vitor Felipe and Renato Andrew in this weekend’s tournament in Cuiaba to finish the year at the top of the ranking.

“It’s not usual to start a new project with such a significant result and I’m very happy about that,” Alvaro commented. “Despite the short time together, we’re already really solid as a team. We knew there would be some difficult moments and some upsets we’d have to deal with in these first months as partners, but we worked as a team to overcome them.”

Evandro and Alvaro finished second in the last event of the year after falling to Rio 2016 Olympic champion Alison Cerutti and partner Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes in the two-set (21-17, 21-12) gold medal match. Andre Loyola and George Wanderley, who won the Brazilian Tour in the last two seasons, were third in Cuiaba.

Carol Barbara

Barbara and Carol celebrate after the bronze medal match win that made of the team the season champions (Photo: Wander Roberto/Inovafoto/CBV)

Partners since the start of the year, Carol and Barbara entered the final event of the season needing just a podium appearance to secure the title. And they achieved that with a 2-0 (21-16, 21-15) victory over Ana Patricia Ramos and Carolina Horta in the bronze medal match in Cuiaba.

“We had some great chemistry together,” Barbara, now a four-time Brazilian champion, said. “Both of us had already won the Brazilian Tour before, but it feels like the first time in a certain way. It’s a new team, a new way to work and a lot has changed. It’s been fun to know Carol better and to find new ways to win. We really wanted this title and we enjoyed every step of the way.”

Rebecca Cavalcanti and Talita Antunes were the winners of the fifth and last event of the season. The Olympians won their second tournament together with a 2-1 (15-21, 21-11, 15-13) victory over Elize Maia and Thamela Coradello in the gold medal match on Saturday.

The calendar of the 2022 Brazilian Tour is yet to be announced.