England’s Sam Walker will be hoping to pursue a personal goal when he arrives Nigeria for the 2018 ITTF Championship in Lagos from the 8 to 12 of August 2018.
The 23-year-old British player has been part of England’s success team in the last four years with his first feat being part of the silver winning team that participated at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
In 2016 he participated at the 2016 World Team Championship in Malaysia where he grabbed England’s first bronze at that level since 1983, before being part of the ITTF World Team Cup in London that won a bronze medal. He was also part of the team that represented England at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia this year.
The British player also stated that it was a personal goal that propelled him to travel to Nigeria. “I decided to be part of the 2018 Nigeria Open for my individual goals. The Challenge Series are important for me and the Nigerian Open is part of that model. So it’s a good opportunity for to try and perform and reach the later rounds of the tournament,” ITTF quoted.
Nigeria Open 2018 will be Walker’s first time in Nigeria and his second time in Africa, having first taken part in the junior championship at Morocco in 2014.
On his expectations, he said: “I’m looking forward to competing of course! But I’ve also never been to Nigeria before and so I’m always excited to visit new countries!
Although he does not have enough information about the quality of the tournament, Sam Walker said: “I haven’t heard that much to be honest about Nigeria Open. I know it holds in Lagos almost every year and this year the
tournament fits in with my schedule so I’m looking forward to taking part.”