04 Jul 2018

Earlier in year in March, Ewout Oostwouder was crowned the Netherlands Men’s Singles champion; at the final hurdle he overcame Barry Wijers to secure the precious title for the third time in his career; previously he had won in 2014 and in 2015.

Now a venture of a different kind awaits, a first journey to Africa; the name of the 24 year old appears on the entry list for the forthcoming 2018 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open. Including the qualification stage, play commences in Lagos on Wednesday 8th August and concludes on Sunday 12th August.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Most certainly, Ewout Oostwouder is looking forward to his Lagos debut.

“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 encouraging the players.” Ewout Oostwouder

The crowd and the atmosphere created, it would seem it is one of the major reasons for Ewout Oostwouder entering the tournament; most certainly the tournament is gaining a reputation of its very own on the international calendar.

“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 playing in a hall with many spectators; besides that I have never been to Africa. I am also curious about the culture of the country. I have not seen the seeding list for the tournament; so it is hard to say something about setting targets.”

Currently Ewout Oostwouder is the 17th highest ranked player in the Men’s Singles event in Lagos; the host nation’s Quadri Aruna heads the list followed by Russia’s Aleksey Liventsov, Finland’s Benedek Olah and Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro.

In the Men’s Doubles event, Ewout Oostwouder is due to partner colleague Laurens Tromer.


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