Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst have set a target date for their return as a pair to the beach volleyball court: May 5th on the German National Tour in Munster.
The defending Olympic champions took a big triple last year, winning gold in Rio as well as at the European Championships and in the FIVB Swatch Majors Series final in Toronto. Shortly after the season ended, though, Ludwig underwent surgery on her shoulder. Walkenhorst opened the season playing with Julia Grossner at the Ft. Lauderdale Major in February.
“We are fully on track,” Ludwig said. “The physios and doctors are more than satisfied and they have all done an incredible job.
“Over the last two weeks we made a break through. All of a sudden, I could use my arm again in everyday life and have been training on the ball since last Monday. We will go carefully over the next two weeks, because my shoulder still needs a lot of stability.”
If the rehab continues on schedule, the next top-tier tournament would be the May 17th-21st 4-star event in Rio de Janeiro – which would be a return to where they achieved their Olympic glory.
The pair says that meanwhile they will be on the island Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands. Currently on the island of Tenerife, highs are in the 60s, well above Thursday’s projected high of 45 in Berlin.