by Francesca Bullock, British Para Table Tennis Team Press Officer
Will Bayley, 29 years old, is looking to add the Men’s Class 7 European crown to his World and Paralympic titles. He warmed up for the Championships by winning his first match for top Croatian league team Star on Monday.
“I might never have the opportunity again to hold all three titles at the same time, so it is a dream and something I never really thought was possible. I think I thrive on the pressure and really enjoy being the player that people expect a lot of. It shows that I am playing well and training well. I’m also realistic enough to know that sport is unpredictable and anything can happen but I’m looking forward to the challenge.” Will Bayley
In the opening round robin group matches Will Bayley has been drawn against Nicklas Westerberg from Sweden and Thomas Rosenast from Switzerland.
Meanwhile, Rob Davies, 33 years old, is bidding for his third consecutive European singles title in Men’s Class 1 and will start the defence of his title in a group comprising the Italian Federico Falco and Dmitry Lavrov from Russia.
“I love going to the European Championships because it was the first major I won. I just like competing and trying to be at my best for the major competition every year, whether it is Europeans, Worlds or Paralympics. That is always the goal every year and I’m really looking forward to it and hoping I can do my best.” Rob Davies
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