The World Grand Prix will begin on October 2 in Leicester. The full field of participants is already known, including a number of debutants. However, there will also be some established names missing from the Morningside Arena, which has major implications for their position in the world rankings.
One of the most famous names that will be missing from the World Grand Prix is Mervyn King. From 2007 to 2021, he participated in all editions of the World Grand Prix. The King failed to qualify for the World Grand Prix in 2022 and will also be missing this year at the Morningside Arena. By missing several TV tournaments, King will drop to the 37th spot in the world rankings. This could mean that we won't see King at the World Darts Championship either, given his Pro-Tour season has been awful so far.
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Another darts veteran who failed to qualify this year is Vincent van der Voort. In the period from 2007 to 2021 he made 10 appearances in the World Grand Prix. Unfortunately, the career of the 47-year-old Dutchman is now going somewhat less well and he has already fallen outside the top 32 and is not yet sure of a place at the World Darts Championship. Van der Voort has been suffering from motivation problems for some time and recently indicated that he will decide in the coming period whether or not to continue playing on the PDC Tour.
Mensur Suljovic and Ian White have 7 and 10 World Grand Prix appearances to their name, respectively, but were absent last year and have also failed to qualify this year. So White cannot defend his quarterfinal place from two years ago and will drop at least nine spots to 55 in the world rankings.
Martijn Kleermaker and Darius Labanauskas debuted at the 2021 World Grand Prix but failed to qualify for the double-in double-out tournament again after that. Labanauskas will sink to the edge of the top 64, meaning he is at risk of losing his Tour Card at the end of the year.