Gary Anderson has warned his rivals to “watch out” in 2020 as he nears a return to top form despite…
Gary Anderson has warned his rivals to “watch out” in 2020 as he nears a return to top form despite bowing out of the World Championship at the Last 16 stage.
The two-time World Champion ended a frustrating season with a 4-2 defeat to Nathan Aspinall at Alexandra Palace to mark his earliest exit in the World Championship for six years.
Anderson missed much of the first half of the season, including the Premier League, through injury and has struggled to keep pace with his rivals since his return, with a World Cup triumph alongside Peter Wright and a Quarter-Final run at the Grand Slam his highlights in 2019.
The Scotsman, who turns 50 next year, admits the defeat to Aspinall has fired him up in a similar way to the Last 16 loss to MVG at Ally Pally in 2013/14 which he banished with back-to-back world titles in his next two appearances.
“That double 15 is doing my nut in,” Anderson told radio’s Dan Dawson. “I’m still thinking about it as we speak.
“Nathan’s a classy player. I’ve had so much time off and if I can keep playing like that – watch out for next year.
“Towards the end of the game I was launching them to be honest but Nathan stuck in.
“There were a few darts at double that were bang on the wire. I had him. I had outscored him, outplayed him, made a mess of it and Nathan cleaned up; that’s the way it goes. We’ll see next year.”
Anderson had been coy over his darting future in his press conference following his Second Round win, responding to rumours of retirement with: “If I want you to know, I won’t tell you.”
Anderson has now revealed he plans to compete in all ranked tournaments in 2020 as well as the Premier League, but will continue to sit out the European Tour.
He added: “Am I enjoying it? No. Am I a dart player? Yes. It’s like going to work.
“Do I want to go to work on a Monday morning? No I don’t, but I’ve enjoyed it I reckon the last two weeks. Even on Christmas Day I was throwing darts.
“I’ll play the Premier League. Back problems or not I don’t care now. If you mention it you get abuse. You get on with it, you play. I’ll play everything the PDC throws at me, except the European Tours.”