Devon Petersen is hoping to make major strides once darts returns.

The South African star was in good form in the early stages of the season, reaching a Pro Tour semi-final in the process. But thanks to the coronavirus-enforced hiatus, Petersen is now forced to wait for the chance to kick on.

Before darts ground to a halt, the African Warrior had made the switch from the Unicorn stable to Trinidad. Speaking exclusively to dartsnews.com, Petersen revealed the reasons behind the move.

“(It was) the need to expand my profile to Asia, and go with a brand I feel could influence my performance through great performance and equipment,” said the 33-year-old on joining Jose de Sousa under the Japanese manufacturer’s umbrella.

“I’ve been trying out (Trinidad darts) since just after the Worlds, and they travel amazingly.”

Petersen continued: “But the secret to my current rise in averages are the combination of flight and dart.

“I have been playing well but the product has got something to do with it. It suits my throw and delivers a true trajectory every time.”

Pieter Verbeek/PV-Darts

Photo: Pieter Verbeek/PV-Darts

Uncertainty

Momentum has been halted due to the pandemic, and darts events will not be played for the foreseeable future. Form is far from Petersen’s mind at this point, however.

The African star spoke with dartsnews.com before the PDPA and PDC revealed a support package for players, and opened up on the challenge faced by himself and fellow players now that prize money is impossible to come by.

“It’s hard for us players that are foreign as we can’t get any relief from the government, but from a dart aspect just gives me more time to improve my game,” Petersen said.

His famous walk-on, to the tune of Shakira’s hit Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), has also been under scrutiny for the Walk-On World Cup. Petersen was an early favourite, but his patented dance moves weren’t quite enough to take the title.

And how is Dancing Devon spending his new-found spare time?

“Practicing soft tip and steel tip darts, improving my overall game, and playing loads of PlayStation!”

Once darts returns, Petersen has a clear goal.

“I would like to qualify for at least four to five major events – the World Matchplay, European Championship, Players Championship Finals and World Championship,” he added.

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Author: Ed McCosh