Gary Anderson has withdrawn from the upcoming World Series of Darts Finals and the PDC Autumn Series due to travel…
Gary Anderson has withdrawn from the upcoming World Series of Darts Finals and the PDC Autumn Series due to travel concerns.
The two-time World Champion was set to be among the 24-player field for this month’s World Series Finals in Salzburg, but has withdrawn from the event.
He will also be absent from the five Players Championship events in in Niedernhausen, Germany, from September 12-16.
In a statement, Anderson said: “We’ve been discussing the Autumn Series for a few weeks now and I’d be delighted to play in it if it was in the UK.
“But every time I turn on the news I see another country removed from the travel corridor and infections rising around Europe and the rest of the World.
“I’m just not comfortable with the travel involved right now. I need to fly and although I’m confident in my mask wearing and adhering to all the things I should do, I have little faith in other people.
“I’ve watched people outside from the safety of the Milton Keynes bubble and there seems little regard for safety and distancing, so imagine that multiplied on a plane.
“I don’t want to risk my health or the health of the family.
“I’m disappointed for my sponsors and fans that I won’t be there, but I’ve always said health and family are my priority.
“The PDC have made Niedernhausen a bubble and players will be tested, and Salzburg is a bubble, but I still need to fly to get to these places and even driving would mean transiting through non travel corridor countries and they are on a red list for a reason.
“I’ve been playing well at the Premier League but I’m afraid that flying is a risk I’m not willing to take.
“I’ve now got the World Grand Prix in Coventry to look forward to next.”
Anderson secured his place in the Premier League play-offs last week following a successful ten day spell in Milton Keynes.
He will be replaced in the World Series of Darts Finals by Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski, who is the highest-placed player from the PDC Order of Merit not currently in the event, with James Wade stepping up to become a seed.
The four remaining places in the tournament will be confirmed at the Tour Card Holder Qualifier in Niedernhausen on Friday September 11.
World Series of Darts Finals 2020 Field
Michael van Gerwen
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Qualifiers x4 (TBC)