Eight spots remain to be divided for the last sixteen at the World Grand Prix. On Tuesday night, the last eight duels from the first round of this tournament will take place at the Morningside Arena in Leicester.
Michael van Gerwen is the main player in action. The 34-year-old from Vlijmen does have a tough draw for the first round, as he takes on reigning World Youth Champion, Josh Rock.
Tournament centre World Grand Prix 2023: Schedule, results, TV Guide and prize money breakdown
For Rock, it will be his debut at this tournament. That obviously does not apply to Van Gerwen, who has competed at the World Grand Prix 12 times before. 'Mighty Mike' won the tournament in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2022. Only in 2009, 2017 and 2021 was Van Gerwen eliminated in the first round. Thus, due to the early elimination two years ago, Van Gerwen has little prize money to defend during this edition.
In addition to Rock, Mike de Decker will also make his debut at the World Grand Prix. The Belgian will play Joe Cullen in the first round. Coincidentally, De Decker also played Cullen in July when he made his debut at the World Matchplay and then it was 10-7 for 'The Rockstar'. Dimitri van den Bergh will also appear on stage Tuesday night. 'The Dreammaker' faces Chris Dobey.
Dave Chisnall, one of the outsiders for the title in Leicester, faces off with Luke Woodhouse in the first round. Damon Heta starts his tournament against Ryan Searle, while a match against Gabriel Clemens awaits Peter Wright. Jonny Clayton takes on Ross Smith, while the evening concludes with a tie between Luke Humphries and Daryl Gurney.
How can I watch the World Grand Prix on TV?
The event will be broadcast in its entirety by Sky Sports. The first two tournament days start at 6 p.m.. Then there are three tournament days starting at 19:00 before the sessions on the final weekend start at 20:00.
How much prize money is there to earn?
The prize fund includes £600,000 in prize money. This makes the prize fund now almost sixteen times larger than when the tournament started in 1998. Back then, "only" £38,000 was made available by the PDC.
All participants will receive 7,500 pounds of prize money credited to their ranking anyway. This amount can eventually add up to a grand prize of £120,000 for the winner of the tournament.
Schedule World Grand Prix 2023
Tuesday, Oct. 3 (from 6 p.m.)
Joe Cullen v Mike De Decker
Dave Chisnall v Luke Woodhouse
Damon Heta v Ryan Searle
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Chris Dobey
Peter Wright v Gabriel Clemens
Michael van Gerwen v Josh Rock
Jonny Clayton v Ross Smith
Luke Humphries v Daryl Gurney