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.”