MICHAEL van Gerwen admits the BoyleSports World Grand Prix is “dangerous” as he bids to hit form again.
The World No.1 has had, by his standards, a wretched run of form including failing to make the Premier League play-offs and early exits in the World Series and German Darts Championship.
MVG admits he’s been through a “difficult patch” and faces a potential banana skin against high-flying Polish Eagle Krzysztof Ratajski tomorrow night (Tues) at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
The Dutchman is going for three-in-a-row in the event but revealed: “Of course it could be better, my last few months have had too many ups and downs.
“You need to get past that, it’s not always that easy but you have to fight hard and work hard.
“It is a tournament that suits me but the first round is dangerous whoever you play. I can remember Phil Taylor lost to Adrian Gray, I’ve lost to the phenomenal John Henderson in the first round so you need to be really sharp against whoever you play in the first round because that’s the most tricky one.”
“I’m coming off a difficult patch but it doesn’t matter, I’ve been in this position before and I know how it is to bounce back and to win this three times in a row will mean a lot to me.”
There will once again be no fans for a major event in the UK but MVG admits that it isn’t an important issue.
He added: “It affects me, I’m a player who likes to perform in front of crowds, it gets me buzzing, it gets me going but everyone’s in the same position and there’s bigger problems in the world than no crowd at darts.”
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