In March, 24-year-old Ewout Oostwouder won his third title at the Dutch national champions of 2018 after beating Barry Wijers 4-2. This automatically makes him the best male player in Netherland.
However, Oostwouder is going on adventure to Africa for the first time with hope of experiencing a distinct atmosphere at the 2018 ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open holding on August 8 to 12 in Lagos – the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria.
Despite not being in Africa before, Oostwouder believes from what he has heard and read about the Nigeria Open. He cannot wait to be part of the party this year.
“I have heard a lot about the Nigeria Open. But one unique thing I heard is that there are many spectators who attend the tournament. Also the fans enjoy watching the game as well as encourage the players,” he says.
— Top Media Nigeria (@TopMediaNigeria) August 6, 2018
ITTF Nigeria Open opportunity for Oostwouder to play in Africa
The Dutch star admits it is the excitement of playing in front of such supporting crowd in Lagos that prompt him to register for the championship. “Going to Lagos will surely give me another experience. And I think it is a good opportunity for me to play in Africa. I am looking forward to play in a hall with many spectators. Besides that I have never been in Africa, as I am also curious about the culture of the country,” Oostwouder says.
In a modest manner, Oostwouder is aiming for a good outing in Nigeria despite not having an inkling of the seeding list for the tournament. “I have not seen the seeding list of the tournament and so it is hard to say something about setting targets. It is my first tournament of the season, so I hope to reach a good level again.”
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