2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open: Gardos Faults Humid Conditions For Loss, Praises Tournament Organizers (AUDIO)

Beaten finalist in the men’s singles at the 2019 Nigeria Open Robert Gardos says the humid conditions at the tournament was a challenge for him and most Europeans.

The 40-year-old Austrian beat Nigerian table tennis legend Segun Toriola in the R32 but fell 2-4 (13-15, 3-11, 11-8, 6-11, 12-10, 1-11) to another Nigerian, top seed and home favourite Aruna Quadri in the men’s singles final at the Sir Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Sunday.

Speaking after picking up a third silver medal from three career finals, Gardos who earned $3,500 in prize money said he found the conditions in Lagos a bit different from what he’s used to but nevertheless praised the organization of the tournament.

“For us Europeans and for me [playing here] is difficult because the humidity is quite high. Also, it is really hard for us to stay and play all the day in the practise hall,” he said.

“It’s a difficult tournament but the organizers tried their best, I think everything went very well, the people are very nice and everyone tried to help us. I think everything was alright.”