Price hopes to overcome behind closed doors struggles on Premier League return: “I think for myself it was a little bit off-putting. I just couldn't get going”
Gerwyn Price will be amongst the darting elite involved in the Premier League return next week but he will aim to overcome behind closed doors struggles.
Price suffered his fourth consecutive opening round exit at the World Matchplay against Danny Noppert and admitted that the crowd noise pumped in affected him.
"As far as the Matchplay goes, I think playing behind closed doors doesn't really suit me, even though the crowd are on my back a lot," Price told the Darts Show podcast.
"They have got a lot better over the last couple of months but I just need that atmosphere, that adrenaline and the blood running through my veins to get me through games. It was just a bit flat for me and I didn't really enjoy it.
"I can play in the Pro Tours but with the Matchplay it was different, because they tried to put the crowd behind you with the sound and everything.
"I don't know what the other players thought about it but for me, I think they maybe should have just done it for the TV and not for us.
"Having a crowd there and having the atmosphere and the adrenaline, or just play it like a Pro Tour, really quiet for us but do something for the TV. I think for myself it was a little bit off-putting. I just couldn't get going."
"I certainly know now what to expect and what is coming. I just have to deal with it the best I can. I've had situations which I didn't like before and I've dealt with them pretty well and it's the same for every other player.”