Geoffrey Rowe, Managing Director of Pentangle Promotions Co. Ltd confirmed to Phuketindex that a record number of 100 teams have entered the Phuket Thailand Open powered by PTT which will be staged at Karon beach, Phuket from 2 – 7 November 2010.
Leading the entry list are the current world champions and 2009 Phuket winners, Jennifer Kessy and April Ross of the USA, current world no 1 pairing of Larissa Franca and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva from Brazil and the 2010 European Champions, Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig from Germany.
Brazil is sending the largest contingent of 9 teams, followed by Germany with 8 teams and the USA and Italy with 7 teams apiece.
Thailand will have 6 teams in the tournament with 3 pairs in the main draw: Kamolthip Kulna and Yupa Phokongploy, Jarunee Sannok and Usa Tenpaksee and Varapatsorn Radarong and Tanarattha Udomchavee. Whilst a further 3 teams will compete in the qualifying rounds.
China the current powerhouse of beach volley in Asia have entered 3 teams including the No 3 ranked team in the world of Chen Xue and Xi Zhang, who are one of the hottest teams on the world tour having finished on the podium in the last 3 rounds with a win in Finland and as runners-up in Norway and the Netherlands.
The Phuket Thailand Open powered by PTT, Swatch FIVB beach volley world tour features 6 days of competition, plus a host of supporting activities including 2 amateur competitions, beach volley clinics and an inter schools event. Admission to the tournament is free.
The tournament is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sports Authority of Thailand, PTT Public Company., Limited, Federbrau, Kata Group of Hotels, Phuket Gazette, Haad Thip, Woraburi Resort, 91.5 FM, FBT, TOT Public Co.,Ltd, TEZ Tour and CS Loxinfo.