On his first visit to Lagos, Antoine Hachard partnered compatriot –
Gregoire Jean to clinch the men’s doubles title at the 2017 ITTF Challenge
Despite not making it to the podium in the men’s singles, Antoine Hachard
is eager to make a return to Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre again this
year with the hope of exceeding his 2017 performance.
Apart from aiming for a better outing this year, Antoine Harchard would
love to experience the beautiful and exciting atmosphere inside the Molade
Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
“I first heard about the excitement of the tournament in 2016 after
watching the mesmerising dancing step of Finland’s Olah Bendek when he
emerged winner at the 2016 edition of Nigeria Open. I decided to return
this year because it will afford me the opportunity to have a good result
as I felt very great last year.”
The Frenchman described the organization of the tournament as top-notch.
“The last year’s edition of Nigeria Open was well organized and it was a
very special atmosphere because the crowd was totally involved during the
matches and I loved this kind of experience. This made me to play well and
I am looking forward to same experience this year,” he said.
Having played as a junior in Tunisia and Morocco, Antoine Hachard described
the Nigeria Open’s experience as awesome and unique.
“2017 was not my first visit to Africa because I played several
competitions in Tunisia and Morocco as a junior player but my experience in
Lagos was quite unique. My targets this year are to retain the men’s
doubles title as well as reach semifinal or final of the singles event.”
Credit: LOC ITTF Nigeria Open