Van der Voort determined to seize second chance after injury hell

Van der Voort celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Vincent van der Voort has revealed he came close to quitting professional darts last year due to a long-term injury but says he is ready to get his career back on track.

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The rapid-firing Dutchman suffered a First Round exit to Germany's Max Hopp in last year's World Championship and admitted after the match that he was contemplating retiring from the sport.

The 42-year-old suffers from spinal hernia and has undergone an itense course of physiotherapy in an attempt to reduce the pain whilst on the oche.

Van der Voort has enjoyed a fine resurgence this season, reaching three ProTour Quarter-Finals and the Last 16 of the UK Open, before notably knocking eighth seed Dave Chisnall out of the World Championship in straight sets.

But 'The Dutch Destroyer' revealed things could have been very different had it not been for some words of wisdom from his wife.

"I was ready to pack in, I was in so much pain," said Van der Voort. "My wife said you're going to regret it if you pack in now.

"She said give it two years and give it everything you have and we'll see after that where it's going, so I said 'Okay'.

"I've got two hernia. It's not that it affects me when I'm playing as much as it did before, of course it hurts, but not enough to stop me throwing.

"I've never lost the hunger for success but you have to have a certain goal in front of you to aim for that's realistic.

"Last year I wasn't competitive, I was just there picking up the prize money and hoping Max Hopp had the worst game of his life.

"Now, I'm here trying to win."

Van der Voort will take on former Lakeside Champion Steve Beaton in the Second Round on Friday afternoon in a battle of two crowd favourites.

Van der Voort has earned cult status among darts fans for his walk-on music 'Give it Up' by 70s funk group KC and The Sunshine Band, while veteran Beaton takes to the stage to 'Staying Alive' by The Bee Gees.

It will be Friday Afternoon Fever at Alexandra Palace and Van der Voort says the walk-on music is integral in getting the crowd on his side.

"It's a sh*t song but it helps a lot!" he joked.

"If you go on YouTube and see the song, it's crap but it helps because everyone is cheering you on and it gives you a boost.

"People sing the song outside my house and when I'm on a flight back from a ProTour there are always English people on there singing it.

"I know I'm not Gary Anderson or Michael van Gerwen so all the support I can get is helpful.

"I'm actually a Bee Gees fan!"

Van der Voort is one of five Dutchmen left standing in the 2018 World Championship and is determined to handle the added pressure carried by the £1.8 million tournament.

He added: "Everyone in Holland is talking about the Worlds.

"If you do good in the Matchplay, that's okay but only darts fans watch that - everybody watches this.

"People you haven't spoken to in years give you messages of good luck, if you don't play here, you don't count, that's my opinion."


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