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Michael van Gerwen sitting out PDC Home Tour

Michael van Gerwen will not participate in the new PDC Home Tour competition
Michael van Gerwen

Michael van Gerwen has decided not to participate in the PDC Home Tour. The new darts tournament starts on Friday with four players competing each night and the winner advancing the next stage of the tournament.

All matches will be played over the best of nine legs with all Tour Card Holders given the opportunity to play. Players are not required to participate in the PDC Home Tour and Van Gerwen has confirmed to RTL7 that he will sit out.

“I cannot meet the requirements of the PDC. For example, it has to be quiet, but with a newborn baby, a child of 2.5 years and three dogs, it really won’t work. It is also two match days in the month. My training hours with Vincent (van der Voort) are worth more,” said Van Gerwen.

He is currently ranked number one in the world, having won the PDC World Darts Championship in 2014, 2017, and 2019. The 30-year-old won the 2006 World Masters at age 17 and is the second most successful player in PDC history behind Phil Taylor. 

Michael van Gerwen previously voiced his scepticism over playing in home competitions, telling Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad last week: “As a PDC Tour Card holder, we are not allowed to participate in everything. 

And if that is allowed, then I only consider it when everything is correct. I’m a professional. It has to be good. The connection is often faltering. Moreover, it [the prize money] does not count for anything. That would not work for me either.”
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