After losing in emphatic fashion to Ian "Diamond" White 6-0 in round two of Players Championship One yesterday, fans took to X (formerly Twitter) to speculate about the World Champion's form.
Having beaten welshman Robert Owen 6-2 in the opening round, Humphries was well off the pace against White, averaging just 81.37 in a contest which lasted just 12 minutes.
In response to a post from Jay Shaw on X where he writes "Difficult start to life as World Champion for Humphries. Four wins from ten matches in all competitions so far this season", Humphries felt compelled to reply.
Humphries wrote: "The season's only just started! I’m not going to win everything! You go through moments of playing well and bad."
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Since winning the World Championship which capped off a remarkable end to 2023 where he won the World Grand Prix - his maiden Major title - the Grand Slam and the Players Championship Finals before the Worlds, Humphries has noticeably struggled.
With the World Champion moniker and World No. 1 moniker on his name, Humphries was ousted by Gerwyn Price in the Bahrain Darts Masters, Littler in the Dutch Darts Masters and has only won one match in the BetMGM Premier League so far.
On his form, he said: I think because I'm world champion every little thing you do gets criticised, that’s the difference.
"The calendar is a LONG season.. judge me at the end off the year not now. I started off last year the same way and look what happened in the end."
With Players Championship Two starting later tonight alongside night three of the Premier League on Thursday, Humphries will have ample opportunity to get some more results on the board.