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Michael van Gerwen hopes fans' return will inspire his return to victory

Michael van Gerwen hopes fans’ return will inspire his return to victory

The only predictable aspect of the dart world over the past 12 months has been its unpredictability. We’ve seen a slew of new big winners crowned behind closed doors, but will this trend continue when fans return?

Dimitri Van den Bergh, Glen Durrant, Jose De Sousa and Jonny Clayton all won early PDC TV titles with no fans in attendance, while the previously irrepressible Michael van Gerwen saw his dominance curtailed.

Rod Studd of Sky Sports Darts has joined the Darts Show podcast to discuss the current darts landscape and whether the return of fans would see the old order restored, as he prepares for his own return to World Matchplay next month. .

The price will want to prove a point

The Iceman took home the iconic Sid Waddell Trophy with a 7-3 win over Gary Anderson in January

The Iceman took home the iconic Sid Waddell Trophy with a 7-3 win over Gary Anderson in January

I looked at the world rankings this morning and it’s almost like I haven’t been in the game for a year and then I realized no!

Maybe it’s just me and the fact that I’ve been away from darts for a long time, but when you say world champion and world number 1 – in my head the next words were going to be Michael van Gerwen.

I don’t know if Van Gerwen always thinks that or if other players always think that, because Van Gerwen says repeatedly: “They all know that I am always the man to beat”.

Price hopes to highlight his world No.1 status in the coming months

Price hopes to highlight his world No.1 status in the coming months

Now, if he’s just trying to fool himself or if he still believes it, only Michael knows.

Gerwyn Price won this fair and square world championship and he played brilliantly, but he has to continue to do so in big tournaments, in front of big crowds.

We know he can do it because he’s done the Grand Slam twice, but I think just for Gerwyn himself as well as the rest of us he needs to keep putting headlines aside. of his world championship and highlight the fact that he is the best player.

All stop The Special One?

Jose de Sousa has taken the darts world by storm in the past nine months

Jose de Sousa has taken the darts world by storm in the past nine months

Jose De Sousa is now 10th in the official ranking, although there is one website we are now using – Darts Orakel. They’re doing an unofficial ranking and they actually ranked Jose # 1 in their current ranking. There would certainly be an argument for that, right?

I think if De Sousa played Price or Van Gerwen on the best of 35 legs, you would still make Van Gerwen or Price favorite if you were a bookie, but De Sousa really kept pulling trees.

The big question is: will the empty indoor darts shape continue in what I would call proper darts, like Matchplay, Grand Prix in front of a crowd, Grand Slam in front of a crowd, and the World Championship? in front of a crowd a crowd?

Amazing Jose de Sousa as he comes out 120 (and Wayne Mardle) with three double top darts.

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Amazing Jose de Sousa as he comes out 120 (and Wayne Mardle) with three double top darts.

Amazing Jose de Sousa as he comes out 120 (and Wayne Mardle) with three double top darts.

Will De Sousa continue to play as in an empty room, in a full room? He hasn’t done it before, but he hasn’t had much luck doing it.

He’s been a lot of fun to watch and I think he’s going to be even more fun to watch in front of an audience because he’ll play with them and they’ll react.

It can only be a good thing for him, certainly in terms of personality and image. I think he will take advantage of it because he’s a lot of fun to watch, he’s fun to listen to in interviews, so good luck to him.

Hopefully he will continue to thrive as that just throws another player into the mix. It makes life interesting.

Changing of the guard?

Gary Anderson has struggled for consistency since reaching his fifth world final in January

Gary Anderson has struggled for consistency since reaching his fifth world final in January

I think the next few months will be instructive in this sense [changing of the guard]. What will happen in Matchplay and beyond? Want to [Gary] Anderson has a revival?

James Wade – we would have included him in this conversation 18 months ago, but he went on to take back two big wins in a row and win the UK Open to rise to No.4 in the world and ultimately take Gerwyn Price ‘place default in Premier League.

Rob Cross is another who burned very brightly but seems to be fading away. Michael Smith, can he relaunch his career?

I found it quite difficult to watch the Premier League thinking that Michael Smith was not there, because I am conditioned to think that Michael Smith is part of the elite.

Old order to resume?

Van Gerwen has only won the lone major title since his UK Open triumph in March 2020

Van Gerwen has only won the lone major title since his UK Open triumph in March 2020

They can all play at a very high level in an empty room. You saw this with the snooker and the darts; so we saw some strange results.

The difference is that they can play at this level when the TV cameras are rolling, when a big room like Blackpool is packed, the lights are on.

Thousands of people watch the site and a lot of people watch TV and they know it. Can they play at that level then?

In the end, that’s what makes the difference, I think between someone who is a very good player, and one of the great players who can win tournaments.

Jonny Clayton won the Masters title behind closed doors in January, but his Premier League triumph was seen by 1,000 fans in Milton Keynes

Jonny Clayton won the Masters title behind closed doors in January, but his Premier League triumph was seen by 1,000 fans in Milton Keynes

I’m very interested to see if we will see a continuation of the players lower in the leaderboard beating the elite players, or will the old order now resume?

When the world gets back to normal, will the darts ranking go back to what I would call normal, and will Van Gerwen start winning again when there is a crowd?

Will Anderson turn up again or will what we’ve seen in the last few months in empty rooms continue? Everything has completely changed and it will not come back. This is the new command. It will be fascinating to see how this plays out.

The darts are back on your Air sports screens in July, with nine days of coverage of the iconic Winter Gardens and World Matchplay – the action begins Saturday, July 17

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