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Dejected Van der Voort contemplating retirement following World Championship First Round exit

Crpwd favourite Van der Voort reacts (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Vincent van der Voort has revealed he is ready to quit professional darts after his injury woes culminated in a First Round exit in the 2017 World Darts Championship.

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Van der Voort squandered a one set lead in a 3-1 defeat to Germany's Max Hopp at Alexandra Palace, marking a miserable end to a testing season for the rapid-firing Dutchman.

A former UK Open finalist, Van der Voort has been blighted by back problems for the past two years, and after receiving countless treatment to little effect, the 41-year-old says he is ready to call time on his playing career.

"I'm playing against myself, not the opponent," Van der Voort told DLI Radio's Dan Dawson.

"Everything is a struggle at the moment and it's hard work when you're not playing like you used to.

"I've got two hernias in my lower back and everything hurts. I can't stand at the oche like I used to.

"I've been to physiotherapists, and so many different therapists and it's not getting every better, and it hurts so much that at one point you have to think about retiring."

Van der Voort was defending £35,000 in prize money towards the PDC Order of Merit following his run to the Quarter-Finals at Ally Pally two years ago, and the world number twenty's early departure means he is set to slide further down the rankings.

Van der Voort, who also holds down a punditry role with Dutch broadcaster RTL7, suggested the defeat to Hopp may have been his last appearance on the sport's biggest stage.

"This is probably my last one," he conceded. "The way I look at it now, I'm ready to give in, because it's just hurting so much and I've done everything I could.

"I put everything in to the last two months and I don't know what more I can do.

"I'll probably be at the UK Open qualifiers in February. What else am I going to do? 

"You have to do something in life but I'm not going to look back on my career now, I'm just thinking about what's next in my life. 

"I want to quit, definitely, because every time I play it hurts when you lose to players you shouldn't lose to, but on the other hand I love the game as well."


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