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World Grand Prix 2019 Draw: Van Gerwen to face Hughes in Dublin opener

Field of players confirmed for the 2019 World Grand Prix

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 02 Dec 2019
Dimitri van den Bergh will make his Dublin debut (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
The 32-man field has been confirmed for the 2019 World Grand Prix, with six players set to make their Dublin debuts in October.
 
The prestigious double-start tournament will return to the Citywest Convention Centre from October 6-12, with the star-studded field battling it out for a record £450,000 prize fund.
 
Following Players Championship 26, the field has now been confirmed, with the top eight players on the PDC Order of Merit seeded in the draw – which will take place on Friday September 27 at 9.30am BST.
 
The next eight players on the PDC Order of Merit and the top 16 players on the ProTour Order of Merit complete the 32-player field.
 
UK Open Champion Nathan Aspinall will make his Grand Prix debut, alongside Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski, three-time Lakeside Champion Glen Durrant, Jamie Hughes, Chris Dobey and Dimitri Van den Bergh.
 
Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen is the number one seed, while former winners Daryl Gurney and James Wade are also among the eight seeded players.
 
World Matchplay winner Rob Cross is seeded number two, with former finalist Gary Anderson the fourth seed, World Championship finalist Michael Smith seeded fifth, Grand Slam of Darts champion Gerwyn Price seeded sixth and 2018 runner-up Peter Wright seeded seventh.
 
Aspinall is joined among the PDC Order of Merit qualifiers by 2019 European Tour event winners Ian White, Mensur Suljovic, Dave Chisnall and Joe Cullen, as well as 2010 World Grand Prix finalist Adrian Lewis.
 
Mervyn King, the 2012 runner-up, and World Youth Champion Van den Bergh held on to claim the final two ProTour Order of Merit qualifying spots.
 
Durrant joins two other former Lakeside kings – Steve Beaton and Stephen Bunting – in the line-up, alongside Germany’s Max Hopp and Dutch quartet Jermaine Wattimena, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Danny Noppert and Vincent van der Voort.
 
Scotland’s John Henderson will be returning to the venue where he enjoyed a memorable run to the 2017 Semi-Finals, including a First Round scalp of Van Gerwen.
 

World Grand Prix 2019 Field

PDC Order of Merit Qualifiers (Seeding in brackets)
Michael van Gerwen (1)
Rob Cross (2)
Daryl Gurney (3)
Gary Anderson (4)
Michael Smith (5)
Gerwyn Price (6)
Peter Wright (7)
James Wade (8)
Mensur Suljovic
Ian White
Dave Chisnall
Simon Whitlock
Nathan Aspinall
Jonny Clayton
Adrian Lewis
Joe Cullen
 
ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers
Krzysztof Ratajski
Glen Durrant
Jermaine Wattimena
Jamie Hughes
Jeffrey de Zwaan
Ricky Evans
Steve Beaton
Keegan Brown
Chris Dobey
Stephen Bunting
Danny Noppert
Max Hopp
John Henderson
Vincent van der Voort
Mervyn King
Dimitri Van den Bergh