When beach volleyball is part of the family

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Family is what matters most – but it can be tricky when beach volleyball’s involved 

Where would you be without family? For the beach volleyball elite on the Beach Volleyball Major Series, it’s not an easy question to answer. 

From starting a family, having a baby or falling in love on the tour, family life is never dull for some of the world’s greatest players, who revealed what it’s like just to juggle your career and personal life. 

Just ask Fort Lauderdale Major champion Nick Lucena. He missed the birth of his second child, Cole – attempting to rush back in time from, guess what? A beach volleyball tournament. 

“It’s the hardest thing being away from your family. When I missed Cole’s birth, I felt terrible,” Nick says. “The hardest thing is leaving them. When we’re away on tour we’re basically having a FaceTime relationship. It’s usually a daily call. It’s part of the routine. It’s not ideal and I don’t want to miss too much of them growing up.” 

We also hear from Olympic and World Champion Laura Ludwig, who explains her decision to take this season off to have a baby, plus Czech star Markéta Sluková opens up her story on falling in love with the man who is now her coach. 

Family life is key to the beach stars in so many ways, including Brazilian super star Eduarda ‘Duda’ Santos Lisboa who reveals how she dealt with moving 2,000 km away from her family home as a 17-year-old to pursue her beach volleyball dream. 

It’s a heart-warming look at what is important to us all – family. 

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