2017-07-30 17:23:00 CEST
With temperatures soaring, sometimes extreme measures are needed to play at your best on the court
When temperatures in the Red Bull Beach Arena are closing in on 35 degrees, you have to do anything and everything to keep yourself cool.
That may be the case for fans, but when you’re a beach volleyball star flinging yourself around the court for up to an hour, keeping cool becomes less luxury, more necessity.
But if anyone has got a technique for lowering the temperature in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1, then it’s Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen.
The pair deployed ice vests prior to their match against Italy’s Adrian Carambula and Alex Ranghieri, and it seemed to pay dividends as they wrapped up a straight sets victory.
And for one of the tour’s top innovators and Olympic bronze medalists, this was just their latest new idea in their bid for World Championship glory.
“I think we are the only team who do that on the court and it’s really helping us out,” said Brouwer.
“It’s one of the most important aspects of staying strong and healthy in the middle of a match.
“In beach volleyball it is about details – you can get up to 35 degrees on center court, but with something like ice vests and our physio bringing ice, we are trying to make a difference.”
Meeuwsen added: “We just do anything that can help with the heat, it is hot out here and it’s good to cool your body down when you can, especially on center court.
“There’s not much breeze so you have to look after your body and make sure you can perform as well as possible.”
With two wins from two so far in this competition, you would think that the dynamic Dutch duo would be firing on all cylinders.
But in fact the opposite is the case, feeling capable of more despite the impressive nature of their performances since taking Olympic bronze in Rio last year.
For now they were happy to reflect on what had just hone however, in particular delighted to keep up their perfect record against Carambula and Ranghieri on the sand.
“It’s two out of two for us so far, and I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I think we are only playing at 80 per cent so far so we’re looking forward to raising our levels,” continued Brouwer.
“The goal here is to get a medal and we’ll have to step up a little bit more.
“It’s always difficult against these guys, the announcer said we were six from six against them but they are always trying to break our rhythm. Luckily we were able to gun them down and finish it in two sets.”
Michal Bryl and Grzegorz Fijalek are next up for Brouwer and Meeuwsen, a game you can watch on Tuesday on BeachStream, live and free from 1.30pm. Click here to sign-up!
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