Beijing Olympic champion Phil Dalhausser will miss the World Beach Volleyball Championships that start in three weeks due to a muscle tear suffered last week, partner Sean Rosenthal said.
“Phil is out for a little while, probably at least until Japan,” Rosenthal, a two-time U.S. Olympian, said in this video interview at an FIVB World Tour event in Croatia. The World Tour event in Yokohama, Japan, is July 21-26.
Rosenthal said he will continue playing with Stafford Slick during Dalhausser’s absence on the World Tour but does not yet have a replacement partner lined up for Worlds. Rosenthal and Slick are playing in Croatia this week and Norway next week.
Last week, Dalhausser, 35 and the two-time reigning World Tour player of the year, said he tore his left oblique a little bit during the first set of his last pool-play match at the World Tour Moscow Grand Slam. Dalhausser said he probably made the injury worse by playing through it and underwent an MRI, according to an FIVB press release.
Dalhausser and Rosenthal teamed after Dalhausser and Todd Rogers were eliminated in the 2012 Olympic round of 16, failing to become the first repeat men’s Olympic beach volleyball champions.
Dalhausser and Rosenthal qualified as the No. 2 seed into Worlds but were the top team for all intents and purposes, since the top seed automatically went to a pair from the host nation Netherlands.
They won three World Tour events last season, more than any other pair. At the last World Championships in 2013, they were eliminated in the round of 16.
Rogers, 41, is still active but has said he’s scaling back his international play. Neither Rogers nor Slick is one of the players on the four U.S. pairs entered in the World Championships. Rogers and Slick paired to finish fourth at the season-opening World Tour event in Fuzhou, China, in April, the only semifinal finish by a U.S. duo through the first three events of the season.