Gerwyn Price named number one seed for tournament amid doubts over plans

Gerwyn Price has been named in the line-up for this weekend’s European Darts Open, despite doubts over his participation in European Tour events.

It has been a tough 2022 for The Iceman so far. He suffered a mysterious hand injury, announced plans to compete in a charity boxing match, only to pull out on medical advice, and has endured inconsistent form on the oche. Price has commented on the PDC’s relentless schedule and has criticised the Premier League’s new format, which sees players play in up to three matches per night.

“I’m not a fan of it. To play three games in a night, plus going and playing in Pro Tours… It’s not just about that night, it’s everything that goes with it as well, it’s a little bit too much," he said, adding: “It is too many tournaments. I’m going to miss a lot of ranking events.

He has also said his broken hand left him fighting darting demons and that he intended to taper down his schedule to get himself mentally right. As a result, he pulled out of last weekend’s Austrian Darts Open in Graz, having been named in the line-up originally.

Posting on Instagram last week, he wrote: “Real busy schedule lately so I’ve decided to take some well needed rest, will be missing the euro tour and won’t be in Austria this weekend.”

The next European Tour event is the European Darts Open in Germany this weekend, and Price has been named the number one seed. Peter Wright, Jonny Clayton, James Wade and last weekend’s winner in Austria, Michael van Gerwen, are also in the line-up in Leverkusen. Whether Price takes part or pulls out again remains to be seen.

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Before then, the Premier League heads to Glasgow for what will be a crucial night for Price. Despite an underwhelming campaign for the Welshman so far, he could still clinch a play-off place, but is running out of time, with just four weeks of the regular season remaining.

Price faces Michael Smith, who is all but out of contention, in the quarter-finals and will play Van Gerwen or Joe Cullen in the last four if he can win.

The other quarter-finals see an all-Scottish affair between Wright and Gary Anderson while league leader Clayton faces last week’s winner in Dublin, Wade.

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