Nathan Aspinall admits he was happy to come through his First Round tie at the 2019 World Grand Prix amid a “horrific” distraction of a moving camera on stage.
Aspinall dropped just one leg in a straight sets rout of Vincent van der Voort at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin on Monday, but was forced to contend with a number of unexpected issues on stage.
Aspinall appeared frustrated during the early stages of the contest and revealed a moving television camera above the board proved a major distraction for both players.
He told Live Darts: “It wasn’t very busy out there and there was a few issues at the start, both me and Vincent agreed that the camera was moving, but that’s something you’ve got to get on with.
“Then I had the snapped point so there was a few things that got thrown at me.
“I don’t like saying stuff because it’s people’s jobs etc but it was horrific and something I’ve not witnessed before when I’ve been on stage.
“Vincent pointed it out after the first leg and it just got worse to be fair, but it was the same for us both and luckily I dealt with it a bit better than Vincent.
“We had a chat backstage and I knew the camera was really affecting him and it was affecting me.
“I knew how badly it was affecting Vincent and I just thought, capitalise on that, there’s a lot of money and a title at stake.”
The UK Open champion also saw one of his points snap and lodge in the board during the final set and admits it is the third time in the space of a week the problem has occurred.
He added: “It wasn’t the Swiss Point but I have changed my points because when playing in the Europeans [Euro Tour] I’ve been having so many bounce-outs so I had to do something about it.
“I’ve been using Storm points, I’ve not been having bounce-outs but I’ve been having snap-outs if you like!
“That’s the third one this weekend so I’ve got to go back and give Garry [Plummer] a call and address that situation ahead of Wednesday.”
The world number 12 rarely looked threatened during a routine First Round win and will now face former Lakeside finalist Danny Noppert in the Last 16 on Wednesday.
Reflecting on his opening salvo, he admitted: “It’s my debut, I’ve been practicing probably four or five weeks ahead of it.
“To be fair it could’t have gone any better apart from if it was 6-0, not 6-1.
“I felt that my finishing was good, my starting was ok but I hit the finishes at the crucial times.
“I was happy my debut but there is still room for improvement there.”