Vincent van der Voort will return at the World Grand Prix on Monday evening after three years of absence. The Dutchman got his career back on track after years of injuries.

Van der Voort reached four Pro Tour quarter-finals this season as well as a semi-final at the Austrian Darts Championship in Vienna. These results earned him qualification for the World Grand Prix.

The former UK Open finalist is satisfied with the progress he has made, he told Dartsnews in an interview. ”I have had to adjust my throw position completely. That was difficult in the beginning, but now I have it under control.”

“I would like to be a little bit more consistent, but I think I’m playing well enough now to be able to beat everyone”, the 43-year-old from Purmerend said.

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The draw for the double-in double-out tournament in Dublin put him against Nathan Aspinall, who is making his debut at the World Grand Prix. Van der Voort fancies his chances against the UK Open and US Darts Masters champion.

”On paper, Aspinall is further than me of course. But if I play well myself, I can beat everyone. It is his first time at this tournament, so that may also adds some pressure for him.”

”If I play well myself and someone else is better, I can deal with it. I don’t want to blame myself anything and prepare myself as good as possible.”

Double-in format in preparation for World Grand Prix

Two Pro Tour tournaments are being held in Dublin prior to the World Grand Prix. In contrast to the World Grand Prix itself, the legs in these events do not have to be started with a double.

Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to also use the double-in double-out format for these two Pro Tour tournaments? ”Michael van Gerwen and me proposed that to the PDC about ten years ago”, Van der Voort said.

”At that time they said it was to difficult for the markers. Nowadays it could be done easily with the current score systems. No idea why they don’t do that, but it would be nice.”

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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