Dirk van Duijvenbode plans to take part in the Players Championship Finals at the end of this month as normal. According to the 31-year-old Dutchman, his shoulder injury will not stand in the way of taking part in this tournament.
''Why shouldn't I go there,'' Van Duijvenbode responded to reporter Arjan van der Giessen's question as to whether 'Aubergenius' would be competing in the Players Championship Finals. The latter then raised that Van Duijvenbode may also choose to get treatment for his shoulder problem.
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''But there are 168 hours in a week,'' replied the Dutchman to the counter-question. ''There is a week and a half in between. That's quite a few hours.'' Van Duijvenbode then explains that it is also a financial choice.
''Suppose it goes badly (with the shoulder, ed.). Otherwise I'll just leave the starting money if I don't go there. That's £3,000, you have to make the quarter-finals on the floor for that. You're never going to do that anyway. I'm going to try to win at least one match. That won't be easy because I'm playing against Jermaine Wattimena and that's a good player, but I'm going to try.''
Finally, Van Duijvenbode came up with another argument as to why he wants to compete in the Players Championship Finals. ''I feel that with my injury, rest does not matter that much. When I play a match, I don't do any exercises that day. I haven't done any exercises for three days now. I don't think the muscles will diminish the moment I play matches. If they did, I wouldn't go there but that's not an issue now. Of course, I will go there,'' Van Duijvenbode underlines again.