Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna, will be seeking redemption at the WTT Champions European Summer Series 2022 which kicked off Monday in Budapest, Hungary
Aruna, the first-ever black Table Tennis player to be rated in the top 10 in the world, suffered a second-round exit in the WTT Contender Budapest.
The inaugural edition of the WTT Champions event will offer a combined prize pool of $500,000, with 1000 ranking points also being dished out to the winners of the event.
Already, the draw for the tournament is out and Aruna has been pitched against his conqueror in the WTT Contender South Korea’s Lim Jonghoon in the first round of the men’s singles.
The Nigerian, who is using the tournament to warm up for this month’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in the United Kingdom (UK) will face a familiar foe in the Asian star.
Another African Omar Assar has been drawn against Brazil’s Hugo Calderano with the winner facing the winner between Aruna and Jonghoon.
The event is also a chance for some fresh faces to make a showing on the biggest stage as 14-year-old Africa Cup champion Hana Goda of Egypt will be enjoying the challenge of competing in this top-tier event and will be chasing an upset as she faces Romanian Bernadette Szocs.
Sitting at the highest echelons of the WTT Series, WTT Champions offers a premium event at the pinnacle of global table tennis. The exclusive event showcases the world’s top ranked players on Infinity Arena, bringing fans table tennis entertainment to the max.
In Budapest the men’s and women’s editions will be occurring in parallel, guaranteeing all the biggest stars under one roof.