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2017-02-06 20:36:00 CEST

What makes Big Phil tick?

Find out what makes beach volleyball legend Phil Dalhausser tick

Phil and his best pal (and the funniest player on Tour), Nick Lucena.Phil and his best pal (and the funniest player on Tour), Nick Lucena.

From his favorite pre-game tune to his best pal on the beach, we sat down with the 2008 Olympic champion and star of our #spikethesun shoot Phil Dalhausser and asked him to reveal all ahead of the Fort Lauderdale Major.


Swatch Major Series: Which celebrity would you like to teach beach volleyball?

Phil Dalhausser: I heard Pete Sampras likes to play, I'll give him a lesson if he gives me a lesson in tennis.

SMS: What’s the single most important thing in your suitcase when on Tour?

Phil: It's tough to choose one but probably my roller.

SMS: Give us the one song you listen to before a match to get pumped

Phil: Anything from Metallica.

SMS: Which player on the World Tour would you NEVER dance with? ;-)

Phil: Whoever is the shortest on Tour.


SMS: One best thing about beach volleyball?

Phil: The beach is my office!

SMS: What’s your favorite sport other than beach volleyball?

Phil: American football.


SMS: Which player on the Tour do you respect the most?

Phil: I would have to say Emanuel. I know he isn't on tour anymore but he stayed on top so long. It's hard not to respect that.


SMS: What’s been the best moment of your career so far?

Phil: Winning Olympic Gold.

Phil spiking the sun. Photocredit: Dustin Snipes/Red Bull.Phil spiking the sun. Photocredit: Dustin Snipes/Red Bull.

SMS: Which three famous people (past or present) would you invite to a dinner party?

Phil: Michael Jordan, Howard Stern and Steve Jobs.


SMS: Who’s the funniest player on Tour?

Phil: Nick Lucena.


SMS: What’s the funniest moment you’ve had in beach volleyball?

Phil: I was playing in a really windy match and I attempted to jump serve. The toss was a little behind me and the wind blew it even farther. I ended up swinging and missing. If you can't laugh at yourself you can you laugh at?  

SMS: Who do you think is the most intelligent player on the Tour?

Phil: Jake Gibb.

SMS: Which player do you think trains the hardest?

Phil: Pedro Solberg.

SMS: What’s your favorite Swatch Major Series stop?

Phil: Gstaad.


SMS: What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given by your coach?

Phil: There's nothing worse than a sore winner. 


SMS: And what’s the one piece of advice you would give to a young beach volleyball player?

Phil: Focus on ball control, it's the most important part of the game.


SMS: What’s the one thing you want to improve about your game?

Phil: My passing could get better.


SMS: Who’s your best friend in beach volleyball?

Phil: Nick Lucena.


SMS: What’s best? East Coast or West Coast players? ;-)

Phil: Well, being from the East Coast I would have to say East Coast!


SMS: Give us one team to look out for on the World Tour this season.

Phil: Well other than Dalhausser/Lucena, I would say Kantor/Losiak from Poland.


Remember you can catch every minute of Phil in action at the Fort Lauderdale Major on our BeachStream channel. Click here to sign-up to get closer to the beach!

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