Pietreczko was the only German to come through Q-School: 'I didn't want to know the standings during the last tournament'

Ricardo Pietreczko was the only German who managed to win a Tour Card during the European Q-School in Niedernhausen last week.

Pietreczko went to the Q-School with the aim of conquering a Tour Card of course, but admitted in an interview with dartn.de that he wasn't really counting on reaching his target.

On the opening day Pietreczko managed to reach the quarter-finals. That already yielded three points for the ranking. In total he managed to get six points for the Q-School Order of Merit, which turned out to be enough.

The German reached the last sixteen on a very exciting final day. Before the tournament Pietreczko had looked at the ranking, but during the final day he did not want to follow the latest developments.

"It was only after the last match that several people came up to me and congratulated me. That's when I really grabbed my mobile phone. I really, really rarely do that. I grabbed my mobile phone and looked at the rankings. Then I was dark green in the rankings. Then I realised: now I've got it! Indeed!", Pietreczko explained his reaction after the decisive match.

By obtaining his PDC Tour Card, Pietreczko will play many tournaments in the UK over the next two years, but he also wants to continue participating in local competitions in Germany. "I need the tournament experience. I like to practice at tournament level. Not at home but at other places," he said.

Finally, Pietreczko was asked about his favourite double. His response was a remarkable one. ''My favourite double is the double 3, but at tournaments I try to work towards the double 18. Other alternatives are double 16 or tops.''

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