Cross “nervous” about World Championship title defence

Cross faces a new pressure at the palace (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Reigning World Champion Rob Cross is heading to Scotland for a World Championship boot camp admitting he is “nervous” about going back to Ally Pally.

Cross commences his preparations for the William Hill World Championship in Ardrossan on Friday in a special event with BDO World Champion Glen Durrant.

He has been drawn to face either serial giant-killer Jeffrey de Zwaan or Indian qualifier Nitin Kumar for his opening clash on Thursday December 13.

Cross revealed: "I definitely believe in the second round I will be nervous. Especially when you get introduced and do all that beforehand.

"Last year the Worlds had a different feel to any other tournament. Everyone in the practice rooms keeps themselves to themselves a bit more. No laughs. It’s all serious and it all matters.

"I am sure I will be nervous but nerves are good.

"Don’t get me wrong, maybe I should win my first match on paper. But upsets can happen, we have seen it in all sports.

"The important bit over the next two weeks is that I am right, irrespective of who I have got to face.

"I have a nice time now to get myself right for Ally Pally.

"As long as I am right, I can win it again. If not, then anything could happen."

Cross moved up to world number two above Peter Wright despite a slip in recent form which led to an early exit at the hands of Cristo Reyes at the Players Championship Finals.

But the Hastings battler is proud to have reached those heights in such a short space of time. 

It has taken 'Voltage' under two years to reach the number two spot whereas Wright took over nine years, Adrian Lewis eight years, Michael van Gerwen seven years and Gary Anderson over six years.

Cross added: "Expectation is massive on me but to be fair I’m happy where I am. I’ve done it a lot quicker than most of the other top players.

"I’m proud of that but now it’s about sustaining it and learning. I’m still very early into this journey. There are going to be ups and downs.

"I’ve got great people around me and now I'm just adjusting my life in every way to deal with being a top player. The likes of Michael, Peter and Gary have got almost a decade on me as far as understanding the rigours of travel and practice routines. 

"I’m loving every minute of this journey and I've got so much to achieve yet."

*Cross and Durrant are at the Ardrossan Civic Centre on Friday night, tickets from WulBur on 07772 615652



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