And no doubt the PDC didn't think it was a good idea to introduce fans to Bates' remarkable nickname. Indeed, the 20-year-old Englishman goes by the nickname 'Master'.
Combined with his last name, it thus reads 'Master Bates.' And in an era of a woke culture, it may not be convenient to bear such a nickname. ''Too hot for TV,'' wrote his darts manufacturer Loxley Darts on X, the former Twitter. Bates responded to the comment by asking his followers to send in new suggestions for a nickname.