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Phil Taylor announces retirement from World Seniors Darts

Jamie Shaw in World Seniors Darts 20 Nov 2023
Phil Taylor packs away his darts (Photo by Chris Sargeant/WSDT/Tip Top Pics)

Sixteen-time World Champion Phil Taylor has announced his decision to retire from World Seniors competition at the end of 2024.

Taylor, the most decorated player in the history of the sport, will call time on his competitive career for good at the end of next season, citing his inability to perform to his desired level.

The 63-year-old, a winner of more than 200 titles worldwide, initially hung up his darts following the 2018 PDC World Championship – when he was beaten in the final by Rob Cross.

However, ‘The Power’ was tempted out of retirement following the inception of the World Seniors Tour in February 2022, returning to the iconic Circus Tavern stage.

Taylor has been an ever-present in televised World Seniors events since, but has failed to pick up a title and has suffered a host of early exits with low averages which have fallen short of his exceptional standards.

“It’s not been an easy decision, but I feel after one more year it will be time for me to walk away from playing darts,” said Taylor.

“I have always hated the feeling of letting the fans down, but as I get older I just can’t do what I used to as frequently on the dartboard.

“I’ve had some great moments in the Seniors, and I hope to have a few more in 2024 to end on a real positive note.

“I’d also like to say a huge thank you to WSDT for giving us old guys a chance, and to all the fans who have supported us.”

Taylor will remain involved with the WSDT beyond his retirement, taking up a role as Global Ambassador which will include guest pundit appearances and VIP hosting at events.

The Stoke legend has reached two World Seniors finals – finishing runner-up in the 2022 World Seniors Masters and World Seniors Matchplay.

His two appearances in the World Seniors Championship have ended in Quarter-Final defeats to Kevin Painter and Richie Howson.

Taylor will join Dennis Priestley to conduct the draw for the PDC World Championship in London on Monday November 27.

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