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AVP Legends and Supporting the Manhattan Open
by Tim Hovland, Mike Dodd, Eric Fonoimoana, Brent Frohoff, Scott Ayakatubby, David Swatik, Kevin Cleary, and Chris Brown
Friday the AVP shut down operations for 2010. On Monday CBVA was chosen to host the 2010 Manhattan Beach Open. In a shocking twist of events, tournament director J Parker Saikley convinced the Manhattan Beach City Council to play the event under “old-school” rules, against the advice of CBVA president Chris Brown. “Old-school” rules include the larger court (30′x30′), no antennas, and an all-leather Wilson ball. This is an open letter to AVP players urging them to play the Open despite their personal beliefs.
This past week has been historical and one we hope to never revisit: The AVP closing its doors and the crown jewel of beach volleyball, the Manhattan Open, scrambling in just a few short days to put together an event. We understand the accumulative frustration you’re experiencing, the end of the 2010 Tour and a change in guidelines for the Manhattan Open. While your frustration is warranted, we as fans and ambassadors of this great sport would like to ask each of you to please support this tournament. We’re not advocating any kind of rule change, only to support the Manhattan Open for this one weekend. Beach Volleyball is in a tough spot and the last thing we need is player division for this event.
With all eyes on the MB Open, the extensive media coverage, potential sponsors and investors watching, the volleyball community needs to come together and rally around this tournament. we need solidarity and a great weekend to give this sport a big shot in the arm.
Please support the Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball.
Tim Hovland, 5 Time Manhattan Open Winner
Mike Dodd, 5 Time Manhattan Open Winner and Olympic Silver Medalist
Eric Fonoimoana, Manhattan Open Winner and Olympic Gold Medalist
Brent Frohoff, Manhattan Open Winner
Scott Ayakatubby, AVP Tour Winner
David Swatik, Manhattan Open Winner
Kevin Cleary, AVP Tour Winner and 1st President of the AVP
Chris Brown, Current CBVA President
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