ATP World Tour and WTA athletes take part of a fast growing new game
MIAMI – March 24, 2017 – Following a large international expansion of Footvolley, the World Footvolley organization teamed up with the Miami Open this year to unveil the sport as a part of an ongoing project to raise the awareness of Footvolley internationally through strategic partnerships with prestigious events, brands and media outlets.
Teaming up with local Footvolley athletes were ATP World Tour #1 Doubles team Bruno Soares (Brazil) and Jamie Murray (Great Britain) along with #35 ranked singles player Joao Sousa (Portugal) and WTA’s Kristina Mladenovic (France) and Daria Kasatkina (Russia) who left their rackets on the courts and accepted the challenge to learn the basics and play with some of the best in Footvolley. “This is an incredible sport, we all had a great time and I hope we can play many more times in the future” said Jamie Murray, currently ranked #1 in the world on the ATP Doubles Tour and one of the most skilled players in the group. World Footvolley was established with the purpose to develop and promote the sport in collaboration with 30+ National Associations who have been actively developing the sport within their markets. Footvolley is a combination of soccer and volleyball that originated in Brazil during the 60s and has grown worldwide over the past decade.
The organization has an ambitious plan to pursue Olympic recognition. “Footvolley is a hidden treasure and our goal is to unveil this fascinating sport to fans across the globe, working side by side with national associations to develop every aspect of the game.” said co-founder Luiz Gomes.