Luke Humphries set to consider his darting future amid mental health battle

Jamie Shaw in Off The Oche 29 Apr 2019
Humphries casts doubt over his darting future (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Luke Humphries has revealed he is considering his future in professional darts after struggling with mental health problems.

Humphries, who shot to prominence by reaching the Quarter-Finals of the World Championship last December, has opened up about the panic and anxiety disorder which is affecting him both on and off the oche.

The 24-year-old squandered a 5-2 lead in an eventual 6-5 defeat to James Wade at the German Darts Open in Saarbrucken on Saturday, and afterwards posted an emotional message via Facebook explaining his situation.

Humphries wrote: 'I'm so sorry guys to lose that match but I must come clean and be honest with something that I'm not necessarily ashamed of, but something I have been struggling with for about 18 months now.

'I do have a very bad panic and anxiety disorder which does affect not only everyday life but my job as a professional darts player. 

'For me it's a time to reflect and see if I either have to stop playing darts now which would be totally heartbreaking, or get some specialist help in the near future. 

'But I have to walk away at this moment in time. Thanks for everybody's support in the last few years it's very much appreciated.’

Humphries, who topped the Development Tour standings in consecutive seasons after picking up eight titles, has climbed to 55th in the main PDC Order of Merit and enjoyed a memorable debut as a 'Contender' in this year's Premier League.

His incredible run at Alexandra Palace saw him defeat Adam Hunt, Stephen Bunting and Dimitri van den Bergh before dethroning defending champion Rob Cross but eventually losing out to Michael Smith in the Last Eight.

However, the Newbury star is now unsure of his future as he looks to seek professional help in a bid to overcome his demons.

Humphries is among the original list of entries for the midweek double-header of Players Championship events on April 30 and May 1, but it is unclear as to whether he will feature.

For more information on mental health services in your area, visit: https://hubofhope.co.uk/


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