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Cross admits title “hangover” is no more ahead of Vegas tilt

Cross is aiming to hit the jackpot in Las Vegas (credit:Taylor Lanning)

World Champion Rob Cross believes his Ally Pally “hangover” has gone as he hits Las Vegas for the US Masters.

The world number three has been struggling to find the sweet spot of form which helped him take the World Championship six months ago.

But Cross, 27, is convinced that he will be back to his best as the year rolls on into the summer season of events with his first World Series clash on Friday.

"I'm happy to be in Vegas. I love the film The Hangover so it’s awesome to be here where it was filmed, almost surreal," he told Live Darts.

"It's quite nice to get a bit of a break with the missus while we are here. It's our last chance to chill out for a bit until the big events really kick in.

"It's not been a bed of roses for me. But it never was going to be after winning the World Championship, I knew it would be so hard. But my Ally Pally hangover has gone now, that's for sure.

"However, there’s a lot of guys out there who’d love to be in my shoes having won a world title. So I just need to work out how to defend it now.

"I have been struggling with a new routine of being on the road so much. It’s been tough and I’ve been out of my comfort zone.

"That's something I'm having to learn as we go along. The likes of Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson have been doing this amount of travelling for years. They know how to adapt to the burden of travelling."

Cross admits he is buzzing for playing in Vegas and then faces a gruelling schedule for the rest of the World Series.

But he also has one eye on the BetVictor World Matchplay in Blackpool later this month, adding: "It's incredible the way darts is supported around the world and the quality of players coming through.

"We are very lucky to get to play in such great venues. But it's not one big holiday, this is proper work and I need to get results.

"I also can’t wait to play in the Winter Gardens. I really want that World Matchplay title. It's on my wish list, just like the World Championship was!"


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