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Sedlacek sets his sights on spearheading the Czech darts revolution

Phil Lanning in Darts Interviews 24 Aug 2019
Sedlacek made his Ally Pally debut last December (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Karel Sedlacek has revealed his ambition of becoming the first Czech player to compete full-time on the PDC circuit as he looks to live up to his menacing nickname.
Sedlacek, 40, has featured in the last three PDC World Cups and notably hit the equal highest checkout of 160 in Hamburg back in June.
The Czech Republic ace has also impressed on the European Tour and believes he is ready to make the step up in the sport after joining the MDA Promotions stable alongside the likes of Daryl Gurney and Jamie Hughes.
He told Live Darts: “I think this is a big moment for my career, I think I can become much better. I want to get a PDC Tour Card because I missed by just one point earlier this year.
“I believe that being part of a proper management will help me achieve that, it’s a crucial part of my darts development.
“It is also important to me to qualify for the World Championship and do well. One of my greatest experiences was playing at the Alexandra Palace and I would like to do that a lot more.
“I was disappointed with my match because I lost 3-0 to Keegan Brown but it was good for me to experience playing at that level. I will learn a lot from that for the future.”
The Czechs have suffered opening round defeats in the last three World Cups with Sedlacek having endured a hat-trick of tough draws against Netherlands, England and Poland.
But he enjoyed significant wins over Diogo Portela, Ian White and Darren Webster in the German Darts Grand Prix earlier this year – eventually losing out to Max Hopp in the Quarter-Finals, while also beating Brendan Dolan on home soil at the Czech Open.
Sedlacek, who has twice competed in the BDO World Championship at Lakeside, is hopeful he can spearhead the darting boom in his homeland.
He added: “Darts in the Czech Republic is getting bigger all the time, it is experiencing a boom I think. 
“Of course I was very happy to hit the equal highest checkout in the World Cup this year but I was very sorry about the overall result. I expected us to beat Poland.
“But I have big ambitions to improve and I will. It would be a dream to get a Premier League night in Czech Republic and even more a dream for me to be a Contender on the night!”
The Czech number one has also shed light on the origin of his eye-catching nickname ‘Evil Charlie’, explaining: “That happened by accident!
“One night I won three legs on the trot and screamed: ‘I am Evil Charlie’ and it has stayed with me forever!”